Happy Valentine's Day!
We <3 our donors for their love, care, and support of our students who are girls and attend Nyaka and Kutamba Primary Schools or secondary school. Visitors to the project often remark how grateful students like Irene (see the letter below) are for the education they're receiving thanks to donors like you. If you need some warm fuzzies, read on...
Because of you,
*our fourth class of primary school graduates have gone on to attend secondary school - 97 students total - 56% are girls!
*97% have passed with a B or higher grade average.
*55% passed with a A or higher grade average, a feat not experienced by their counterparts who have parents who are alive and amenities of city life, like electricity and food security.
*the two students who wished to learn a trade instead have gone on to receive vocational training and gainful employment.
*both Nyaka and Kutamba Primary Schools are now bustling and full with average classes of 30 students in grades preschool - Primary 7.
*every day 487 students get two meals plus snack - for most this is their only meal of the day.
*25,000 community members enjoy clean water at the Nyaka Primary School.
*students and their caretakers have access to a nurse who can supply simple medicine like aspirin or tablets for tummyaches.
Because of you, nearly 500 children, the majority girls and 6,200 grandmothers' lives are just a little bit brighter and filled with hope.
That's why we <3 YOU.
We <3 our donors for their love, care, and support of our students. Visitors to the project often remark how grateful students like Jonathan (see the letter below) are for the education they're receiving thanks to donors like you. If you need some warm fuzzies, read on...
*our fourth class of primary school graduates have gone on to attend secondary school - 97 students total.
Because of you, nearly 500 children and 6,200 grandmothers' lives are just a little bit brighter and filled with hope.
Considering only 16% of youth in Uganda attend secondary school according to the United Nations, this accomplishment bears even greater weight...
Factor in that 96% of our students are double orphans who have lost both their mother and father...
None have electricity, running water, indoor kitchens, or flush toilets when they go to their humble homes...
For many of our students the two meals they receive at Nyaka are the only ones they enjoy during a day...
And they walk upwards of 2 hours each direction to attend school...
And that is not the only good news!
We have received national exam results for all 29 students for 2011 with 12 students in first grade (the very best level), 16 in second grade, zero in third and fourth grade, and 1 who did not pass.
Imagine the tremendous weight lifted off the shoulders of those grandmothers who have been advocating for their grandchildren to obtain an education. Imagine their joy as they watch their hopes, dreams and loves walk up and recieve their diplomas.
Our conclusion is that if 100% of our students are ROCKSTARS, it is because of the women who have stood behind them every step of the way. This is why our human rights based, holistic support includes building warm, dry homes, providing training and services to 6,500 grandmothers. We know that they are the home fires kept lit for our studying students.
We congratulate all our rock stars: Class P7 2011. Preparations are underway to enroll the students into secondary school and search for a vocation for the one student who did not pass to go to Secondary School.
Thank you to all of you who continue to invest in our students' success through their biggest fans, their grandmothers.
With your help, the best is yet to come!
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