Educate 200 War & HIV/AIDS-Orphaned Ugandan Girl

 
$32,028
$24,172
Raised
Remaining
Jul 15, 2014

Hope is a good thing, the war didnt break me

PLA Staff Susan talks to 2 beneficiaries in Lira
PLA Staff Susan talks to 2 beneficiaries in Lira

MORINE’s STORY 

14-year old Morine was born to the late Alfred and the late Collin and she is now in care of her 37-year old paternal aunt Anna.

Morine parents were both killed by the rebels in 2000, “after their death my grandfather tried to cater for me but he became helpless until aunt Anna took me up but she can also hardly help. It is the church that provides for us but it’s also fading away,” sadly mentioned Morine.

Morine has 2 siblings but currently she doesn’t know where they are and who is supporting them, she continues to be grateful to PLA for the support that they have renderer her in the past years of her school, which was since her primary  five. Morine is the headprefect at her school in Sir Samuel Joe nursery and primary school, this position was given to her due to the discipline, and her performance in school and especially the leadership skills that she portrayed.

 During her free time Morine loves to do a lot of things which are inclusive of time spent in church and playing handball.

I love playing hand ball and singing, I also teach Sunday school children at our church in Ogena Christian church,” happily narrated Morine.Morine currently in primary seven at Sir Samuel Joe nursery and primary school

I was the 1st out of 64 pupils in my class and though math is my best subject I don’t understand it from the school where I am but when my friends show me how a calculation is done,” said Morine

“I promise to perform better now that I will seat my Primary Leaving examinations this year”. Mentioned Morine.

Morine has been promised scholarship by one of the Indian business man in Lira, owner of Guru Nana an industry that produces shea butter.

As a gesture to give back to the communities in Lira, the industry supports education of the vulnerable children and this year Morine has been promised such a chance when she performs well in her primary Leaving Examinations at the end of this year.

“I am grateful to PLA for opening the door to education for me, I continue to appreciate global giving for the support that is sent through Platform for Labour Action”. Said Morine

Morine, a PLA beneficiary
Morine, a PLA beneficiary
Jul 16, 2014

PLA BENEFICARIES ACTIVE ON THE DAY OF THE AFRICAN CHILD

Platform for labour Action continues to provide support to 27 girls with school lunch, scholastic materials and psychosocial support in all aspects of their lives with support from Global Giving. The beneficiaries go to government owned schools whose funding for school fees mainly comes from the Ugandan government, the schools that the girls go include: Elia Olet primary school, Lira Modern primary school, Lira police primary school, Lira primary school, Starch Factory primary school, Lango Quran primary school, King James primary school, Railways primary school, Adyel primary school, Canon Lawrence primary school, Lira Parents’ primary school and Sir Samuel Joe nursery and primary school and the secondary school of Lira Town college.

This project has made a difference in the lives of so many girls in northern Uganda with access to education that has in turn built their self-esteem and enabled improved school performance through the continuous counseling and monitoring provided from Platform for Labour Action.

In this quarter of April, May and June 2014 there were various activities that were carried out in the project as highlighted below.

Lunch fees payment

This quarter, lunch fees payment of 810,800 were made to the different schools that PLA beneficiaries go to enable them access meals while at school.  As a result, the beneficiaries are able to concentrate in class and through our monitoring visits; their teachers are reporting regular school attendance by the children.

Celebration of the day of the African child

This year the national day of the African Child was commemorated in Lira District at lira Golf course.

PLA also took part in organizing and participating in the Day of the African Child celebrations at Lira Golf course. PLA further facilitated 30 children (6male 24 female) create awareness to over 3500 stakeholders on child labour and education through 2 creative dances and 1 skit. PLA beneficiaries;  Fibby,Sandra,  Nebila , Lucky, Ketty  and Morine were actively involved in the celebrations aas well as organizing their fellow pupils to commemorate the event. We were recognized as a key player in child protection and won 2 awards, one on Best Programming on Child Protection and another for the Day of African Child (best of the best) for the year 2014 Tumaini awards. The theme of the DAC celebration was ‘A child- friendly, quality, free and compulsory Education in Uganda’.

This year’s celebration was also integrating the launch of the Uganda child help Line (116), an outreach that links children in need of care and protection, to services and resources,” which includes counseling, rescue, withdrawal and rehabilitation, health and justice services.

The beneficiaries were happy to join other children in this day’s celebrations and one  Morine noted that, “I have never performed before many people, including the minister himself, I was scared and excited at the same time, but most of all glad that I was part of the celebrations”, concluded Morine, who is currently in primary seven at Sir Samuel Joe primary school.

Distributed scholastic materials

Distributed scholastic materials to 26 PLA School going beneficiaries at PLA Lira The girls were appreciative of the materials received from PLA and Global Giving and that the materials will help maintain proper records of their class work for the whole year and hence enable revision of their notes.

One girl Sumaya mentioned that, “I have been lacking books with in which ton write my class notes,I am so glad that I also have a book in which to write my summaries,” she stated.

School monitoring visits 

32 school visits were made this quarter to the different schools to monitor PLA beneficiaries’ attendance, performances in class. The teachers have been of great help to the beneficiaries through encouraging them to work hard as well as sharing with PLA staff the different challenges of the beneficiaries.

During the visits, we were able to counsel the beneficiaries as well as encourage them to work hard, how to balance housework and school work, how to manage their school time, extensive reading, researching and consulting with their teachers. Most of the girls believed that they would pass their examination except for the 2 girls; Ketty  and Zaitun who were sick during the examination period.

One of the girls Nebila  had performed well and was in the 1st position out of 67 pupils in her primary seven at Lango Quran primary school.

Home visits

Following our school monitoring visits, 4 home visits were also made to PLA beneficiaries;  Sandra, Lyn, Patience, Sumaya and Harriet  to further assess the challenges of these beneficiaries. The visits to the different homes were to meet and talk to the guardians to the girls to forge a way forward.

Conclusion

This quarter opened a wide door for our beneficiaries since they were exposed at the national platform on the day of the African Child and show cased their entertaining abilities. In addition, during the event, the beneficiaries were able to interact with and develop friendships with children from school in and around lira which we will help nurture and develop their academic prowess. Also the children were excited about the timely receipt of their scholaristic materials and their lunch fees which would enable them concentrate more in school. This has been witnessed with improvement in their performance in their school work this term during the school monitoring visits.

Jul 17, 2014

Reporting on Progress April-June 2014

Project: Educate 200 War and HIV/AIDS Orphaned Ugandan Girls

Link to the website: http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/aids-education-uganda/

 

INTRODUCTION

Platform for Labour action with support from GlobalGiving is currently supporting 26 girls with school lunch, scholastic materials and psychosocial support in all aspects of their lives. The girls go to government owned primary schools including; Lira primary school, Lira Modern primary school, Lira police primary school, Elia Olet primary school, Starch Factory primary school, Lango Quran primary school, King James primary school, Railways primary school, Adyel primary school, Canon Lawrence primary school, Lira Parents’ primary school and Sir Samuel Joe nursery and primary school.

“Educate 200 War and HIV/AIDS Orphaned Ugandan Girls” is a project that has given hope and a better future through education to more than 100 beneficiaries in northern Uganda, despite the hardships endured due to the absence of their biological parents whom they lost either to HIV/AIDS or the 21 years Lords’ Resistance Army(LRA) rebel war.

Below is a detailed account of these project activities carried out in the months of April, May and June 2014.

Lunch fees payment

This quarter saw lunch fees payment of 810, 800 Uganda shillings were made to the different schools that PLA beneficiaries go to enable the beneficiaries have lunch while at school. As a result, the beneficiaries are able to concentrate   in class and through our monitoring visits; their teachers are reporting regular school attendance.

Celebration of the day of the African child

This year the national day of the African Child was commemorated in Lira District at lira Golf course and PLA beneficiaries actively participated in the event under the theme; “ A child friendly, quality, free and compulsory education in Uganda” . Our participation was a combination of exhibition of PLA publications and children’s performance during entertainment.

PLA also took part in organizing and participating in the Day of the African Child celebrations at Lira Golf course. PLA further facilitated 30 children (6male 24 female) create awareness to over 3500 stakeholders on child labour and education through 2 creative dances and 1 skit. PLA beneficiaries included ;  Fibby,  Sandra, Nebila , Lucky, Ketty and Enang  who were actively involved in the celebrations as well as organizing their fellow pupils to commemorate the event. We were recognized as a key player in child protection and won 2 awards, one on Best Programming on Child Protection and another for the Day of African Child (best of the best) for the year 2014 Tumaini awards. The theme of

This year theme was also timely in a number of ways; firstly, it is linked to Uganda’s vision 2040 of “A transformed Ugandan society from a peasant to a modern and prosperous country within 30 years”.

Education is an empowerment and enlightenment tool that’s equipping Ugandan children to discover on their own, nurture, harness and propel Uganda to the desired future.

This year’s celebration was also integrating the launch of the Uganda child help Line (116), an outreach that links children in need of care and protection, to services and resources,” which includes counseling, rescue, withdrawal and rehabilitation, health and justice services.

There were 3 performances from PLA beneficiaries that were inclusive of a skit, and 2 creative dances. The beneficiaries were happy to join other children in this day’s celebrations and one  Morine noted that, “I have never performed before many people, including the minister himself, I was scared and excited at the same time, but most of all glad that I was part of the celebrations”, concluded Morine, who is currently in primary seven at Sir Samuel Joe primary school.

Distributed scholastic materials

Distributed scholastic materials to 26 PLA beneficiaries at PLA Lira office.

The girls were appreciative of the things that they received from PLA and Global Giving and that the materials will help maintain proper records of their class work for the whole year.

One girl Sumaya mentioned that, “I have been lacking books with which I can write my class notes, am so glad that I now also have a book with which I will write my summaries,” she stated.

School monitoring visits

32 school visits were this quarter made to the different schools to monitor PLA beneficiaries’ attendance, performances in class. The teachers have been of great help to the beneficiaries by encouraging them to work hard as well as sharing with PLA staff the different challenges the children face.

During the visits, we were able to counsel the beneficiaries as well as encourage them to work hard, how to balance housework and school work, how to manage their school time, extensive reading, researching and consulting with their teachers.The girls believed that they would pass their examination although Ketty  and Zaituno were sick during the examination period.

 Kadija had performed exceptionally well and was 1st position out of 67 pupils in her primary seven at Lango Quran primary school.

Home visits

Following our school monitoring visits, 4 home visits were also made to PLA beneficiaries; Sandra,  Lyn, Patience, Sumaya and Harriet  to further assess the challenges of these beneficiaries. The visits to the different homes were to meet and talk to the guardians to the girls to forge a way forward.

Beneficiaries’ stories

 Kadija’s story

13-year old Kadija is a Mukiga (by tribe) born to the late Abdu and Sauda. She is currently under the care of 43-year old Rehema, her paternal aunt.

Since 1999, Kadija`s family has been living in Lira district though in 2007 and 2009. She lost her parents to HIV/AIDS, “After my parents died, my aunt took over taking care of me and her other children,” mentioned Kadija.

Kadija’s rural home is in a place called Kazinga near Kololo primary school in Kanungu district.

Kadija has grown up in a Muslim community and loves to pray and to study Arabic, this holiday she plans to continue going to the mosque to learn more Arabic,” It has become easy for me to read and write in Arabic, I can communicate to my friends at the mosque”, said Kadija.

She sets herself very high standards and wants to remain coming first in her class.She promises to work hard at her lessons and to concentrate in all her subjects.

 She continues to aspire to become a nurse, she scored 81% in mathematics and this year she will be seating her primary leaving examinations.

Kadija remains grateful for the donors and PLA for their support to her education and further mentioned that, “I am one of the lucky girls that PLA selected among the many vulnerable girls in Lira, I am so happy for the support they give me”.

 Sandra’s story

17 years old Sandra is currently in senior one at Lira Town College.She is one of the beneficiaries who has benefited from the project since 2008, she sat her Primary Leaving Examinations (PLE) in 2012 and was supposed to continue with secondary school last year in 2013 but due to limited funds she was unable to continue with school.Her guardian too could not pay her fees since he had no money. Sandra’s love for school, has this year made her go back in school again, “I sold food stuff that I had grown from the garden, I was therefore able to raise some money that has helped me in first term but I don’t think it will help me finalize even senior one, I have come to PLA to request you to once again support me in my education,” narrated Sandra. Sandra would not like to join vocational institution at this moment as she believes that if PLA went ahead and supported her complete secondary education, she is bound to achieve her dreams and enjoy her childhood and the right to education.

Her dream is to become a lawyer, “I have been able to perform well in all the subjects that can get me to become a lawyer, I got 99% in Literature, 59% in English Language, 95% in Religious Education and also 81% in French Language, if PLA supports with her fees at the school, I will be able to concentrate more and pass all the subjects including the science subjects like physics where this term I got 54%”, mentioned Sandra.

Compared to her performance in primary school, Sandra has improved and if she gets support she has potential to improve.This holiday Sandra received enough scholastic materials from PLA lira offices, she was so excited and mentioned that in the past term, she did not have enough books, but from the things (scholastic materials) that she had got from PLA, she believed that she will not lack anything to use in class.

During this month, Sandra was visited at her home in Ireda Chambers in Lira town, during the visit Sandra was able to share some of the challenges that she continues to face at home where she lives with her uncle and aunt.“My aunt has never stopped over working me and neither has she stopped abusing me, sometimes she makes me feel so bad but unfortunately I have nowhere else to go,” sadly narrated Sandra.

 Attempts to talk to Sandra’s aunt have been futile  her uncle has promised to continue to talk to her.

To continue with school Sandra will need Shs. 220,000/= in day school or Shs. 270,000/= to join boarding section in the school, Lira town college.                                                                                                               

Conclusion                                                                                                               

This quarter opened a wide door for our beneficiaries since they were exposed at the national platform on the day of the African Child and show cased their entertaining abilities. In addition, during the event, the beneficiaries were able to interact with and develop friendships with children from schools in and around lira which will help nurture and develop their academic prowess. Also the children were excited about the timely receipt of their scholaristic materials and their lunch fees which would enable them have meals in school and concentrate   on school. This has been witnessed with improvement in their performance in their school work this term during the school monitoring visits.

LOCATION: LIRA DISTRICT, NORTHERN UGANDA

REPORT PERIOD: QUARTERLY REPORT FOR MONTHS APRIL, MAY AND JUNE 2014. 

Mar 13, 2014

TOUGH BEGINNING

Platform for Labour action with support from Global Giving is currently supporting 26 girls with school lunch, scholastic materials and physiological support in all aspects of their lives. The girls go to government owed schools of Lira primary school, Lira Modern primary school, Lira police primary school, Elia Olet primary school, Starch Factory primary school, Lango Quran primary school, King James primary school, Railways primary school, Adyel primary school, Canon Lawrence primary school, Lira Parents’ primary school and Sir Samuel Joe nursery and primary school.

SCHOOL MONITORING VISITS

9 school visits were made to the schools of: Lira Modern Primary school, Sir Samuel Joe nursery, Lira parents’ primary school, Lango Quran Primary school and Adyel primary school, Railways primary school,

The visits were made to ensure that they had all resumed with their studies in their respective schools. During the visits, PLA staff advised the beneficiaries to study and work hard to become better citizens as well as have a better life in future.

During the visit, the girls also shared with PLA staff some of the activities that they were engaged in during the holidays. Most of the girls were as a norm in their villages visiting their grandparents as well as other relatives; other beneficiaries were also engaged in farming despite the dry season. 

PRIMARY SEVEN RESULTS

This quarter we were able to receive primary leaving examination results of the 8 girls that sat their examinations last  on 4th and 5th November 2013, the girls were inclusive of Awor Asha, Apolot Mercy, Akoli Frida, Aceng Dorcus, Apio Holga, Epilla Farida, Amodo Sandra and Akullu Elizabeth all belonging 5 different primary schools within Lira.

Though there was fear and tension from the girls on how good their performance would be, the girls managed to maintain first and second grades which means that the girls are ready to join another level; of school (secondary education).

Some of the results of the girls were also follows;

  1. Awor Asha 14 Aggregates
  2. Epila Faridah 24 Aggregates
  3. Akullo Elizabeth 24 Aggregates
  4. Amodo Sandra 22 Aggregates
  5. Apolot Mercy 20 Aggregates
  6. Akoli Frida 18 Aggregates
  7. Aceng Dorcus 28 Aggregates
  8. Apio Holga 19 Aggregates

COUNSELING

19 PLA beneficiaries were this quarter counseled and talked to by PLA staff and especially PLA program Assistant who pays them visits both at school and at home.

As the year began some of the beneficiaries had problems related to their guardians as some of the girls were to be taken as baby sitters while 2 of the girls were being forced into marriage at an early age. With intervention from PLA the girls are back to school with willingness to study hard.

PLA is to continue talking to both the guardians and the girls with more emphasis on the need for the girls’ education.

CALL FOR MORE SUPPORT

Due to the need to perform better and study without  destruction, the schools that the beneficiaries go to have recommended that the girls especially the ones in primary seven and primary six to joining the boarding section, that way they will be able to read and study with enough support from the teachers at all that time.

They will also be able to make friends and spend time getting new ideas from both the friend and the teachers at all times as well as food which is the biggest challenge that most of the girls face in their homes

CONCLUSION

Despite the challenges faced by the beneficiaries due to increase in the costs of living, they have still managed to start school with interest to work hard.

This year the beneficiaries will need school lunch, scholastic materials and continuous counseling. 7 girls this year will also seat their primary leaving examinations and their schools demand they join the boarding sections so that they are able to benefit from the extra lessons.

PLA and the beneficiaries remain grateful to the support that is received through global giving; this support has given hope to a better future to many girls in the region.

Links:


Attachments:
Dec 11, 2013

We successfully ended this year because of you!

This project continues to make a big difference in the lives of the girls that are getting
the support and this has eased their access to education that has in turn built their self-esteem through their continuous counselling from Platform for Labour Action.

MONITORING VISITS

14 monitoring visits were made in this quarter both in school and the different homes that beneficiaries leave in. 20 girls were reached during the school visits well as 7 girls were reached during the home visits made. During the school visits the beneficiaries were encouraged to perform better and read hard for their end of year/promotional examinations.

HOLIDAY EVENT/PLAY DAY

This quarter an opportunity was provided for the beneficiaries to share games and play with fellow beneficiaries, find solutions to their problems as well as share experiences and interact. Other issues suchas their end of year performance are discussed and their expectations as wellas future aspirations are laid out and expressed for guidance. Among otherthings the beneficiaries were able to receive clothes, Sanitary pads, deodorants and shoes.

COUNSELING

During the school and home monitoring visits the beneficiaries are talked and also
counselled. During the visits, the beneficiaries are able to share personal issues. While in school thebeneficiaries
are supported on how to perform better and also guided, the school teachers
have been involved in the discussion to work together with PLA staff to ensure
the improvement of the beneficiaries in both school and class work.

CASE STORY OF ACAN ZAITUN
Zaitun is one of PLA beneficiaries who has benefited from the project since last year 2012, she sat her primary leaving examinations but due to continuous illness as a result of her HIV/AIDS status, she was unable to perform to her expectation. At the beginning of this year, Zaitun again fell sick being unable to continue with school and up to date, she is still recovering. She shared her dreams and future plans with the desire to continue with her studies and hopes to repeat primary seven so that she is able to perform better in her primary leaving examinations next year in 2014.

CAREER GUIDANCE IN SCHOOLS AND PLA BENEFICARIES

During the quarter we were able to reach 2 schools of Adyel primary school and Sir Samuel
Joe Nursery and primary schools with different messages, the pupils and our beneficiaries of the mentioned school were reached also other topics on children’s rights, how to choose a career and the need to work hard to attain ones dream. Continuous career guidance was rendered to the beneficiaries during the holidays.

PRIMARY LEAVING PUPILS

8 girls this year sat their primary leaving examinations. PLA program Assistant was able to attend 2 different dedication prayers in the schools of Lira Police primary school and Lira primary school on behalf of the beneficiaries parents, the dedications prayers were encourage the beneficiaries and strengthen them during
their examinations.




Attachments:

About Project Reports

Project Reports on GlobalGiving are posted directly to globalgiving.org by Project Leaders as they are completed, generally every 3-4 months. To protect the integrity of these documents, GlobalGiving does not alter them; therefore you may find some language or formatting issues.

If you donate to this project or have donated to this project, you will get an e-mail when this project posts a report. You can also subscribe for reports via e-mail without donating or by subscribing to this project's RSS feed.

An anonymous donor will match all new monthly recurring donations, but only if 75% of donors upgrade to a recurring donation today.
Terms and conditions apply.
Make a monthly recurring donation on your credit card. You can cancel at any time.
Make a donation in honor or memory of:
What kind of card would you like to send?
How much would you like to donate?
gift Make this donation a gift, in honor of, or in memory of someone?

Project Leader

Lilian Keene-Mugerwa

Executive Director
Kampala, Uganda

Where is this project located?

Map of Educate 200 War & HIV/AIDS-Orphaned Ugandan Girl