ABEJA EUNICE’ PROGRESS STORY
Abeja Eunice is 16 years old in senior one at Savior’s secondary school.
Eunice has two brothers George Owiny 13 years in primary seven, Oken Tony 10 years in primary four, the two sisters are Ajwang Dorcus 19 years old and Apio Evaline who is already married.
My parents both died during the war, my mother met her fate as she had gone out of home to find some food for the family, this is where the rebels found and killed her’’ she sadly narrated.
‘’My father also disappeared at the same time and we never saw his body or even heard from him which made us think he was perhaps killed, she continued to narrate her sad story.
Eunice and her siblings were taken care of by their paternal uncle Oburalceh Tom who took over the responsibility after their parents had passed away.
The family stayed in Erute camp for close to six years and through their uncle tried to pay for them school fees at Lira army primary school, it was so hard for him since there was hardly any money, th PLA identified Eunice from the Erute Camp and started supporting her education .
‘’PLA started paying for my school fees from Primary Four Third term to date, am now in senior one and am so happy that am still in school.’’ Icompleted primary seven in 2009.
Oburalceh tom, Eunice’ paternal uncle is so appreciative of the support that comes for PLA to her daughter. In a conversation with him, he said that he has tried to put Eunice into boarding school so that she can perform better without any difficulty but it’s becoming so hard for him since he is going old.
Eunice’ performance is encouraging and has showed efforts of improving.
According to her progress report, Eunice was the 38th out of 250 students and some of her best performed subjects were physics 62%, religious education 62% and also English at 62%.
“ Iam grateful to PLA for putting me in school and I hope PLA will assist me in accomplishing my dream of becoming a nurse.
According to Eunice in order for her to maintain and improve on performance
‘Iam always sent home due to none payment of extra fees which amount to 80,500 Uganda shillings ($40) that caters for electricity and my meals of 66,000 Uganda shillings($30) every three months.
If the above is met Eunice believes she will accomplish her dream of becoming a nurse.
Eunice needs continuous counseling and support and guidance in regards to the loss of her parents and her performance in school.
This report was compiled by Susan Ejang, PLA Field Officer Lira
Dear Friend of Platform for Labour Action.
Thank you so much for taking off time to read the report and taking interest in assisting Sandra. We also express our sincere gratitude to you for donating to this project. Below is the information on what is required to take Sandra and many other children in that situation to Boarding school.
Boarding fees( tuition, accommodation
$75 every three months
$25 every three months
Examination fees, medical Parents teacher Association contributions
$10 dollars every month
$75 every three months
Necessities( beddings, metallic box etc )
$75 dollars one off
Other necessities scholastic materials and some pocket money
$30 dollars every month
$ 290 dollars can send one child to boarding school for three months in the first year
$215 dollars can send one child to boarding school for three months in year one onwards
$645 dollars send one child to boarding school for one year
We have also requested Global Giving to add these details as other options on our project.
Lilian Keene- Mugerwa
Platform for Labour Action
Project Title: EDUCATE 200 WAR AND HIV/AIDS ORPHANED UGANDAN GIRLS
LOCATION: LIRA DISTRICT NORTHERN UGANDA
REPORT PERIOD: JULY_ SEPTMBER 2010
Forty six (46 girls) are currently benefiting from the project and are placed in Ambalal primary school, V.H primary school, Wiobyek primary school, Railways primary school, Elia Olet Primary School Lira Police Primary School and Boke primary school all in Lira district in Northern Uganda. Lira district is no longer affected by war and the communities are in the resettlement and rehabilitation state. They require access to services such as health and education. Formerly displaced and orphaned children leave with guardians and some are child headed households.
In this period the field officer made visits to nine (9) schools where the girls are studying from namely; Ambalal primary school, Lira P7 primary school, V.H primary School, Railways Primary School , Police Primary School Elia Olet Primary School, Lango Quran Primary School, Ojwina Primary School and Boke Primary School. The children visited in the different schools include two (2) girls Acen Jennifer P.7 and Apio Susan P.7 at Ambalal primary school, three(3) girls in primary sevem at Boke primary school theses include Acam Molly, Apenyo Stella Monica and Amolo Stella, five (5) girls from Railways P.7 school theses included Acan Doreen and Akello Nancy primary seven , Akwero Loy primary four , Agoa Louis primary five and Ongom Louis primary two , at V.H primary school.Three children were visited and they included Akot Rebecca, and , Awor faith, and Akullu Daphine primary 5, Elia Olet P& school ;Ateng Rebecca primary four , Achola Brenda and Aguti Dorine primary six. Scholastic materials like books, pens, rulers among others have been given to the children to ensure that their school requirements are covered to improve on their performance at school.
Twenty three (23) children received counseling sessions. This ranged from self confidence during final exams, studying hard for exams and resting enough to wake up fresh for exams. Some children were also worried about their performance in school such as Acen Jennifer During the visit emphasis was place on offering guidance, confidence building and counseling to the girls who are to write their primary leaving examinations in November 2010.
Atali Sandra is in Primary six at Lira P7 School is one of the girls visited during this period.
She has one sister aged 18years old in senior three and a brother aged 15years in primary five. She lost her father while in the camp in 2005 and is currently under the care of her paternal uncle.
Sandra’s dream is to become a doctor after she completes school but she is not sure that she will make it since she faces a number of difficulties where she stays.
I thank Platform for Labour Action for enabling to remain in school. I would like Platform for Labour Action to contribute to my stay in the boarding section of school so that I can concentrate on my studies and realize my dream of becoming a doctor.
I would also love for the donors to come and visit my school so that I can be able to personally thank them’.
“I would like to join boarding section because life at home with my uncle and his wife is not good, I have to carry out household chores which include preparing breakfast, cleaning the house, washing dishes and helping my auntie’s children bathe as well as take them to school’ After this I prepare to go to school’. It is a long distance from home’.
‘My aunt tells me that it is very useless for me to go to school, but I have not given up’. One day my auntie took away my books and tore my school uniform and I missed school for one week’.
According to the teachers at Sandra’s school she has all the potential of performing better although she seems to be facing a problem at home. Her late coming to school has been noted. Sandra’s teacher said, “Atai Sandra comes to school late usually after the first lesson has ended and does not concentrate in class. “
PLATFORM FOR LABOUR ACTION QUARTERLY UPDATE TO GLOBAL GIVING APRIL -JUNE 2010
During the past three months we have carried out the following activities;
Children were supported by offering them scholastic materials, payment of their lunch fees and offering psychological help through guiding and counselling. Payment for meals of 45 girls was for $ 450. This was for the 2/12 months period. We also paid examination fees three girls in primary two, primary four and six totalling $3.5 dollars.
Monitoring visits to the schools where beneficiaries are was carried out to check on their academic performances; these include; Elia Olet Primary School, Boke P.7, Lango Koran P.7 school and King James SS, Lira P.7, V.H P.7, Railways P.7, Ireda P.7, Lira Police Primary School. Report cards were received for all the children. Overall the performance of the girls is still low this is due;
Mof the care takers of these children also lack basic needs and this leads them to looking at these children as a source of labour. They involve them in domestic chores which have interfered with their education. It affects their performance in class. Staffs of PLA have taken efforts to talk to the care givers.
The performance is also promising for some of the children for example Aguti Dorine in Primary six at Aduku Road Primary school scored aggregate 11 at the end of the first term of 2010. She has potential to score division one in her primary leaving examinations next year.
Children still lack information about HIV/AIDS. Some of the children supported under the program are HIV positive for example Rebecca Ateng. The youth counselor provides more care to Rebecca and the school is aware of her situation so she takes her medication while at school and home.
Stigma by other children once they realize or someone tells them that they are HIV Positive.
To address this PLA field staff will be sensitising teachers and children on HIV/AIDS, stigma and discrimination using drama, songs and video shows. The beneficiaries will also have activities during their holiday break such as sports.
Over all there is a high number of orphans and working children who are in the similar situation like the one for our beneficiaries.
Every day at least 3 care takers of the orphaned children come to our office requesting for assistance. When we refer them to other organizations they also indicate that they have closed.
• Some Children lack self confidence when among other pupils with both parents. Children living with both parents tend to dominate over the orphans who end up thinking they are worthless.
Other action taken by PLA
• Children were taken through counselling to calm them down.
• Regular visits are nowbeing made to monitor those missing classes and followed up to their homes.
• Scholastic materials as well as school fees were sent to school on time.
• Monitoring visits have been made to the children both at school and at home. This year we supported 55 children with lunch, exercise books and school uniforms. .
• Most of them have the problem of inadequate time to revise their notes at home due to too much commitment to the chores imposed on them by their care givers.
• Neglect (at times) in terms of care givers guidance since most of them are catered for by relatives thus they don’t receive / have proper advice, parental love and care to their expectations.
• Lack of self confidence in themselves among the other pupils. The children have been counseled and activities are to be arranged to enable them improve in their life skills.
• Delays at home since some of them have to wake up early and do some work before going to school like digging, cleaning the house. This makes them late for school and they are punished.
55 children were visited by the youth counselor both at home and in school. This costed ( $900) for the whole year. The cost of counseling one child throughout the year was $16.
We paid lunch fees for children totaling ( $900). this costed $ 16.
We provided scholastic materials (exercise books, uniforms, school bags, pens, mathematical sets worth $850) to 55 children.
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