During the quarter (July, August and September) we made four (4) Home visits, seven (7) school visits and provided counselling support to 26 orphaned girls supported by the project. We spoke to 26 girls on both their performance in school and personal life. Overall there has been improvement in the academic performance of the girl at school. Some of the girls have joined child rights clubs in their schools and have started creating awareness amongst fellow children on mainly rights to education For example Akaki Gertrude has sensitized children at Elia Olet primary school through poems and Music dance and drama, only a few children knew about their rights and the responsibilities attached to them but since the last Holiday event, we have constantly told the other children about their rights, mentioned Akaki Gertrude. In the next Quarter the beneficiaries are going to sensitise and talk to the beneficiaries more about HIV/AIDS club since this club was also formed among the beneficiaries with currently 9 members in it. This club will the beneficiaries be more aware of HIV/AIDS and how to cope with and sensitise others. PLA will encourage the girls join other clubs such as debate clubs in their schools so that they are able to present themselves with confidence in public and before a big number of people.
“During the holidays, I was going to school because i am a primary seven candidates we had to finalize the primary school syllabus”, said Dorine.
“I was also able to attend a one week youth camp that was supported by our church, the theme for the camp was taken from the book of Jeremiah 8:4-8 which says, if someone falls doesn’t he/she rise up again.” Excitedly mentioned Dorine
During the holidays I played a lot with my friends, revised my books and also helped guardians in the gardens,” mentioned Faith. “Faith is HIV/AIDS positive and needs all the support that she can get especially at school, at home and from PLA,” mentioned her Mathematics teacher Acan Betty.
“Platform for labour action has totally changed my life, until this year I never thought that I would ever seat senior four,” happily mentions Margret.
On top of the support that PLA has been giving Margret that is scholastic materials, school lunch and counselling her school, Okwang Secondary school has also continued to give her a bursary of 30,000 Uganda shillings(USD 12) for her class performance and involvement in school sports every school term.
“During my vacation I intend to help my mother at the produce line to sell food stuff, so that my three siblings can have a better life,” mentioned Margret.
5 beneficiaries will be writing their final end of year examinations, 3 (three) will be writing their Uganda Primary Leaving Examinations (PLE), Two (2) will be writing their Uganda certificate of education.
They are all motivated to work hard and perform better. Some of them have bigger ambitions like Margret who said, “I want to become an engineer in future, am trying to perform to my best in my science subjects so that am able to attain my dream.”
The upcoming events for the next period are: school and home visits, counselling support for children and families and continued support for lunch during school time. We shall send the candidates encouraging messages of good luck in their examination
PROGRESS REPORT APRIL – JUNE 2011
There are currently thirty one children benefitting from this project. Out of these, eight are in secondary school, one in vocational training and twenty two in primary schools mainly in Lira district. The months of April to June were characterized by school holidays and opening of the second school term.
“During the holidays, I did not do much; I just decided to relax my brains and enjoyed eating mangoes since it was the season”, said Jennifer.
Through the counseling support to the families, guardians have got more involved in their children’s education. For example, Atai Sandra’s guardian who over the years has observed progress in Sandra’s performance is now willing to find her extra learning support to help her with Science and Math to enable her excel in her Primary Leaving Examinations this year. She held the 59th position out of 96 pupils in the term between October to December 2010 and was 42nd out of 96 pupils in the term January to March 2011.
Through monitoring visits to the school, Loy’s teacher raised concern about her concentration. Loy revealed that she could not concentrate in class because she worked hard and for long, slept late and yet had to wake up early to walk to school on time. “Being the youngest at my grandmother’s home, I have been given the responsibility of carrying out the other house chores so I sleep so late and yet I have to wake up early, that is why I used to sleep in class,” narrated Loy during the school visit.
Following several visits to her school and home, and counseling sessions, her teacher, Mr. Daniel Erom narrated, “From your last visit, Loy has improved in her concentration in class. Currently, she participates in class.” In her own words Loy says, “I stay with my grandmother in Adwekwok village. She always tells me to read hard so that I may not become poor in future.” She continues, “I thank Platform for Labour Action and the donors from all over the world for supporting me stay in school.” Your support will enable Loy continue through school.
As a follow up to the July – September report of 2010, then 16-year old, now 17 year-old Eunice Abeja was requesting PLA to continue supporting her to accomplish her dream of becoming a nurse. Through the contribution of the donors, Eunice who is now in secondary school, appreciates the intervention and notes, “Platform has helped me a lot especially now that am in secondary school, I really appreciate their efforts and I pray that God will richly bless the donors too for the support they always send me.” Your continued support will enable her achieve her dream.
During the period, scholastic materials worth two hundred two US dollars ($202) were provided to twenty five beneficiaries. These include; books, mathematical set, rubbers, ruler, graph books and pencils.
“This term since I have all that I need, I am going to concentrate more on studying than worrying of the teacher sending me out of class for not having a set and a graph book,” excitedly mentioned Eunice.
PLA provided fees for twenty five children’s lunch while at school for the period April to June 2011, worth US$315.
The upcoming events for the next period are: School and Home Visits, Counseling Support for children and families and continued support for lunch during school time.
There are currently thirty one children benefiting from this project. Out of these, eight are in secondary school, one in vocational training and twenty two in primary schools mainly in Lira district. The months of April to June were characterized by school holidays and opening of the second school term.