This report by Patform for Labour Action provides an update to Global Giving on the project entitled ‘Educate 200 War & HIV/AIDS-Orphaned Ugandan Girl’ located in Lira Northern Uganda. During the period January to March 2010, the youth counselor visited 47 children during their vacation and some of them expressed themselves through letters. The head office also made one monitoring visit to Lira district and were able to visit one school Elia Olet primary school which currently has three children( girls) and one of them is HIV positive. The children were counseled and advised to work harder to improve on their performance in school.
Rebecca Ateng says
‘’ She takes ARVs which she carries in her uniform pocket.
I stay with my grand mother . At times there is no food at home. Sometimes I depend on school food for the medication I take. I feel very weak when I take medication without food. I want to join the boarding section so that I can be able eat three meals a day. But the PLA program does not pay for boarding. When other children see me taking my medication, they tease me which makes me cry,’. When the boys see medicine in my pocket they also tease me and threaten to beat me''.
During the monitoring visit the PLA staff requested the teachers to exercise more care for Rebecca to address the stigma and discrimination in school. PLA also provided extra $10 to Rebecca for her meals.
Actions to be taken to improve
• In addition to the youth counselor we have recruited a field officer to visit the children regularly and build a personal relationship between the children and PLA staff and the care givers and to counsel care takers not to involve children in work that interferes with their education.
• The teachers have been advised to also take their responsibility to counsel children and take more care for children who are HIV positive to address stigma in school and discrimination.
Platform for Labour Action takes this opportunity to express our sincere gratitude to our donors who have contributed to the education of the children under this program since 2004. Your contributions have enabled us to counsel 47 children during this quarter. Counseling of one child costed an average of $6.5
Please read below for a summary of our progress and challenges. The attached report has more detail!
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Report on Project
A total of 64 children have been placed in school both at primary and secondary level which has helped them develop and lead normal and meaning full lives as children. See appendix 1 in attached report for list of current beneficiaries.
A total of 500,000/= Ug. shillings was paid as lunch fees for the 64 beneficiaries and one of the beneficiaries Una Lilly has managed to finish with her nursing course awaiting to receive her certificate. The children have also been able to receive scholastic materials like books, school bags, pens and pencils, rulers, geometry sets and school uniforms. These scholastic materials have motivated them to go to school.
Last year in 2007 five of the children managed to seat for their Uganda Certificate of Education and they have now joined Higher education in Senior Five. These included the following: Akello Joyce, Auma Caroline, Akello Christine, Amaco Evaline and Achan Caroline.
The psychosocial support for the beneficiaries has been on going especially during the process of taking their measurements for the uniforms and also during payment for their lunch fees at their schools. The Program Officer Lira carries out monitoring visits and she encourages the children to study hard for at least they have the PLA office to support them. The Program Officer has also managed to counsel some of the guardians to these children who have different problems like cases of HIV/AIDS infections.
• The system of education is changing where by pupils from primary five on wards are expected to be in boarding section which is quite expensive than these children being in day school.
• There is an increase in the number of children requesting for support especially in terms of paying school fees for secondary education and joining vocational institutions. Boys also feel discriminated against because we are not supporting them.
Overall the project is progressing positively towards achievement of the set goals. The continuous monitoring of the children and continued provision of psychosocial support to encourage them has motivated them to start believing in themselves.
Greetings from Platform for Labour Action (PLA) Kampala Uganda.
I take this opportunity to express our sincere gratitude to GlobalGiving and donors for the fundraising efforts and support to our work. Please click below to see photos of young women in Ugdanda receiving school uniforms.
Please click below to see students receiving educational materials through our project.
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Platform for Labour Action (PLA) with support from Global Giving has been providing educational support to orphaned and disadvantaged girls living in Internally Displaced People’s (IDP) Camps in Northern Uganda. These children have been living in the camps for several years and in addition to the conflict have suffered from the devastating impact of HIV/AIDS and limited access to health and education facilities.
Last year in 2006 PLA managed to pay for meals, provide uniforms and scholastic materials for one year (three terms) for 12 orphaned and internally displaced children in the camps. Among these, three of the children managed to seat for their Uganda Certificate of Education (O levels) and they have now joined Higher Education in Senior Five.
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