Platform for labour Action continues to provide support to 27 girls with school lunch, scholastic materials and physiological support in all aspects of their lives, this 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, Ojwina 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 secondary schools of Dara Christian high school, Savior secondary school and St Mary’s girls secondary school Aboke.
This project has made a difference in the lives of so many girls in northern Uganda and has eased access to education which has in turn built their self-esteem and performance through the continuous counselingand monitoring received from Platform for Labour Action.
In this quarter of July, August and September 2013, there were various activities that were carried out in the project as highlighted below.
10 monitoring visits were made to PLA beneficiaries, the School visited included; Sir Samuel Nursery and primary school, Railways primary school, Lango Quran primary school, Lira police primary school, Saviorssenior secondary primary, Adyel primary school, Lira modern primary school, Lira police primary school, Lira primary school and Starch Factory Primary school.
The purpose for these visits was to ensure that the beneficiaries’ problems affecting their performances are discussed and forwarded to PLA office for solution. During the visits, the beneficiaries were talked to on one on one basis while sharing their experience about life at and out of school. The children also shared their experiences and the change realized since PLA started supporting them.
All the beneficiaries that were talked to got counseling from the organization, some of the beneficiaries were able to share personal issues while the majority had mainly challenges at school psychological support was therefore provided to those children who seem to decline in performance to help them realize the importance of education andthus improve on their performances.
The teachers were too involved in the discussion to work together with PLA staff to ensure the improvement of the beneficiaries at school. The beneficiaries in schools further discussed their performances and came to better conclusion that they will seek help from their teachers and hold group discussions to help improve on their performances.
In the coming quarter we will continue to monitor the beneficiaries both in school and in their homes where they stay with their guardians, counseling will also be carried on a one on one basis as well as in groups.
With 6 of the beneficiaries writing their final primary leaving examinations in the different schools, they will need prayers, guidance and encouragement which will be provided so that the beneficiaries are able to work hard and perform better. During the school break, the beneficiaries will also get to have a play day where they will receive clothes play different kinds of games ranging from football, handball, skipping etc and also get to share theirend of year experiences with PLA staff.
15 Years old Asha is now in primary seven at Lira police primary school with support from PLA. She is one of the girls who were identified last year 2012 by PLA as vulnerable orphaned girls affected by HIV/AIDS.
Asha faces many problems at home, but she is still interested in education and she performances well in class, she managed to score 77 in English subject. “Currently the major problem that I am facing is lack of food at home since my uncle Ebong has now been hospitalized for 2 months and one week, its hard for me and my younger brother to get food even the neighbors are now tired of us sadly narrated Asha”.
Asha lost both her parents to HIV/AIDS and she is now under the care of her also infected uncle Ebong who stays in Adyel division.
At home Asha has to move in the neighbor to pick leftover food for the rest of her family including her uncle.
During the visit at Asha's home, she explained that she is now the one taking care of the home since her uncle is still at the hospital.
“I dont know how what I will do this school term, since my uncle doesn't seem to get better,” sadly mentioned Asha
We have started searching for other relatives Asha could have through the area local councils hopefully they will be talked to start taking the responsibility of the Asha and her brother upbringing.
To Asha, she is grateful that despite all the hardships, she is able to go to school where she also receives lunch.
“At school everything is fine since I get to have my lunch and happily study, and so gratefully to PLA for this and I hope they never stop helping me even after I have finished my primary seven,” explained Asha.
With continued support from GlobalGiving through “Educate 200 War and HIV/AIDS Orphaned Ugandan Girls” project. Platform for labour Action is currently giving 37 girls hope for a better future through education, despite the hardships endured due to the absence of their parents lost to HIV/AIDS or during the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) rebel war, by supporting them with school lunch, scholastic materials and physiological support in all aspects of their lives. The girls go to government owned schools in Lira that is Lira Modern primary school and Lira police primary school.
During the first quarter, PLA made home visits to the beneficiaries including those who had completed their primary leaving examinations to provide monitoring and career guidance and to further encourages them as they await results.
Below is a detailed account of these project activities in the first quarter 2013.
SCHOOL LUNCH PAYMENT
The payment for lunch the whole year 2013 worth USD 1,200, was paid to the schools. This means that the beneficiaries have school lunch for the whole year and they can now concentrate in class with have no worries of hunger.
The girls have been very appreciative of this step by PLA saying that they will not be sent away from school this year and will do their best to study hard.
SCHOOL MONITORING VISITS
12 school visits were made to the schools of for example, Elia Olet primary school, Adyel primary school, Railways primary school, and Sarvior secondary school.
During the visits beneficiaries’ welfare was discussed with their teachers and promised to support and guide the girls while at school. The school visits were made to ensure that the beneficiaries get psychological support from PLA. The girls shared with PLA Program Assistant activities they engaged in during the holidays, for instance visiting their relatives in the villages, helping their guardians in the gardens and household chores.
HOMES MONITORING VISITS
4 home visits were made to faith, Cinderella, Harriet, Dorcus, Monica and fridah; the girls were doing well and had their guardian`s support.
The girls had many stories to share since they had had a long school holiday and many were in their Primary School vacation after sitting for the examinations in November 2012, for example Cinderella and Faith spent their holidays in their late father’s villages gardening while Harriet, Dorcus, Monica and Fridah, they spent their vacation in Lira town helping the guardians with small household chores.
PRIMARY SEVEN RESULTS
This year we got the best Primary Leaving Examination results from the girls who finished their primary education in 2012. The girls initially had reservations on how best they could perform, but they managed to pass in first and second grade making it possible for them to join secondary schools.
These are some of the girls and their results Cinderalla got 7 , Rebbeca 10, Faith got 14 , Sitina 16, Sandra 20 a, Rachael 20, Harriet 20,Acio and Lonna 21 aggregates.
4 hospital visits were this made to Zaitun one of PLA beneficiaries who was admitted at Lira Referral Hospital. 15 years old Zaitun was waiting for her PLE results when she fell sick and was admitted at Lira modern clinic before getting transferred to Lira Referral Hospital.
Zaitun lost both her parents Hussein and Akullu to HIV/AIDS in 2003 and after a blood test, she too tested positive of HIV/AIDS. She is currently under home care where PLA monitors her to ensure that her health improves so that she can resume school.
During the quarter, PLA Program Assistant Lira counseled 23 girls, during the sessions; the girls shared their life experiences and aspirations and were encouraged and counseled on the issues they are dealing with.
The year 2013, we plan to continue offering counseling, providing school lunch and distributing scholastic materials to our beneficiaries. Other activities like school and home monitoring visits will be carried out in addition to organizing play days during the holidays so that the girls can share their hobbies and talents with PLA and fellow beneficiaries.
With support from GlobalGiving, Platform for labour Action is implementing a project “Educate 200 war and HIV/AIDS orphaned ugandan girls”, with 37 girls being supported with school lunch worth USD 555 every child receiving lunch worth USD 15, scholastic materials US 194 and physiological support in all aspects of their lives. The girls go to government owed schools in Lira district, Northern Uganda.
The year 2012 has ended with hope and more progress for our beneficiaries and the project, 11 beneficiaries successfully sat their primary leaving examinations and await confirmation by end of January 2013 about their results, this will determine whether they get to join secondary school this year 2013 or redo primary seven for better results.
Most of the time this year was spent in interacting with the beneficaries and the people that surround them in their day to day life such as their guardians and teachers, because of this, other parties’ especailly the schools got on board to encourage the girls to concentrate in achieving their dreams.
Generally most of the girls self esteem have improved and they can now express themselves before fellow pupils, their class performance also improved compared to their pervious experience where they feared to particpate in class.
In the months of October, November and December, the beneficaries spent more of their time writing their end of year examinations and preparing for the school hoildays. During this period the organisation sent each of the beneficaries success cards to encourage and strengthen them during their examinations.
BENEFICARIES WHO FINALISED PRIMARY SCHOOL
11 beneficiaries finalized final Primary Leaving examinations. The were; Amule Doreen, Ouni Fiona, Odyek Rachel, Sitina Amuge, Atai Sandra, Akot Rebecca, Awor Faith, Acan Zaitun, Awio Cindrella, Rita Nadudu and Ocida Harriet.
With the examinations that the girls wrote, they will be able to get to another level of education that will eventually see them attain their future dreams.
This year 41 school visits were made to: Lira primary school, Lira Modern Primary school, Sir Samuel Joe nursery and primary school, Lira Police primary school, Ambalal primary school, Lira parents’ primary school, Lango Quran Primary school, Starch Factory primary school, Adyel primary school V.H Public school and Railways primary school.
During these visits PLA Program Assistant Lira Susan Ejang discussed the beneficiaries’ welfare with the teachers and school administration and asked them to contact the PLA Lira office in case of emergencies.
The school visits helped us this year to keep track of the girls performance in both school and class, this therefore gave the school teachers a starting point in supporting the girls perform better in their academics, which turned out to be encouraging as most of the beneficaries were promoted to the next class.
HOME MONITORING VISITS
18 home monitoring visits were made in this year to different girls including Akello Susan primary 5 Starch Factory primary school, Ocida Harriet primary 7 Modern Primary school, Atai Sandra p.7 Lira primary school, Ateng Rebbeca primary 5 Elia Olet Primary school, Ajwamg Monica primary 5 of Adyel Primary school, Awor Asha primary 5 of Lira police primary school, Ayugi Ketty primary 5 Lira modern primary school, Nebila Kabdija primary 5 of Lango Quran primary school, Awor Faith primary 7 of VH Public school, Rebbeca Akot primary 7 of VH Public school and Racheal Odyek primary 7 of Ambalal primary school, Acen Jeniffer and Apio Susan Senior 1 of Almond college school Lira.
The visits were made to monitor the girls conditions while at home and to discuss their dreams with the guardians and how they can help the beneficiaries become better citizens.
The visits made to the beneficaries got the guardians on board to support the girls in their education by encouraging them to read their books while at home, as they carried out their house chores and had time to play with their friends too.
The girls also shared with PLA program assistant some of the activities that they hoped to carry out during the holidays, such as helping their guardians in the gardens and house hold chores.
PLANNED ACTIVITIES FOR 2013
In the year 2013, we plan to continue offering counseling support, providing school lunch and distributing scholastic materials to our beneficaries.
We shall also continue to conduct both school and home monitoring visits to keep an eye on the beneficiaries’ education and social progress.
On behalf of the organisation and the beneficaries, I would like to express our utmost appreciation for your contributions to this project in 2012 and hope for better as we work towards educating war and HIV/AIDS orphaned girls in Northern Uganda.
In this quarter, the “Educate 200 War and HIV/AIDS Orphaned Ugandan Girls” Project provided scholastic materials and counseling and monitored the homes and schools of 37 female children adversely affected by the LRA war and HIV/AIDS. The beneficiaries, thirty-two of whom were newly enrolled, were supported with daily school lunches worth USD200. They were also received scholatic materials Worth USD 225, which included 88 counter books, 32 dozen books, 4 boxes of pens, 32 rulers, 30 erasers, 32 mathematical sets, 20 boxes of pencils and 4 dozen graph books.
PLA staff also visited the homes of four (4)girls, Apio Holga, Awor Faith, Ateng Rebecca and Atai Sandra, and made fifteen school-monitoring visits to Lira Modern Primary School, Sir Samuel Nursery and Primary school, Lira Parent’s Primary School, Railways Primary School, V.H. Public School, Lango Quran Primary school, Elia Olet primary school, Lira Police Primary School, Savior Secondary school, Ojwina Primary school, Adyel Primary School, Starch Factory Primary School and Ambalal primary school. The visits were made to monitor the beneficiaries’ academic progress, interact with their teachers and encourage participation in extracurricular activities at school, such as debates, wildlife club activities and different sports.
PLA staff spoke with and counseled the thirty-seven (37) beneficiaries. In turn, the girls shared their future dreams and discussed the importance of education, public etiquette, personal hygiene and sanitation. During these counseling sessions, the girls were assisted in processing their traumatic pasts and encouraged to focus on the bright future that lies ahead should they work hard to obtain their goals.
On 25th August 2012, the beneficaries had a play day at Lira Golf Course. They played a number of games that ranged from netball, football, hide-and-seek, and volleyball, among others. At the end of each game, the beneficiaries took a rest and chatted with the PLA Program Assistant Lira about school, friends, guardians and general respect for one another.
STORIES OF BENEFICIARIES
EGWEL LYDIA’S STORY
Lydia is a thirteen-year-old orphan girl currently in the care of her aunt Jane Olwach. In the past, Lydia’s uncle had not been in support of her education, leading to local leaders and her aunt intervening on her behalf.
“I love being in school,” Lydia confided, “and I used to escape to attend lessons without my uncle knowing. When he got to know I was in school, he sent me to go back to the village in Aboke. It’s when my aunty heard about the organization that she came and picked me to live with her while I continue going to school with the support PLA.”
ACENG DORCUS’S STORY
Fourteen-year-old Dorcus’s dream is to become a nurse; she says that when you lose a person to a disease, it makes you want to do something about it so that you don’t lose another. “I lost my mother because she failed to be guided to go to the hospital, that’s why I want to become a nurse, to help the sick,” explained Dorcus.
“I am happy and thankful that PLA choose me among the many other girls. With my aunt’s kind of business, I was rarely in school because I didn’t have the school requirements or money to pay at school; it made it hard to study and perform well. I pray that God blesses the hand that gives me the support,” said Dorcus.
AWOR ASHA’S STORY
Thirteen-year-old Asha is in primary six at Lira police primary school—a school not so far from her home. She lost her only remaining parent in 2010 to HIV/AIDS and is now under the care of her maternal uncle, Rashid Ebong.
Asha became a beneficiary this year and she smiles on her way to school. “I love studying and learning new things, that’s why I like being in school,” narrated Asha.
“My dream is to become a doctor, I want to reduce on the number of people who die, like my uncle who may die soon because he is infected with AIDS,” she said. “I am very happy with what PLA has done for me, I had no hope of permanetly staying and eating in school, but now things are okay. I thank PLA for helping me.”
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