During the quarter (July, August and September) we made four (4) Home visits, seven (7) school visits and provided counselling support to 26 orphaned girls supported by the project. We spoke to 26 girls on both their performance in school and personal life. Overall there has been improvement in the academic performance of the girl at school. Some of the girls have joined child rights clubs in their schools and have started creating awareness amongst fellow children on mainly rights to education For example Akaki Gertrude has sensitized children at Elia Olet primary school through poems and Music dance and drama, only a few children knew about their rights and the responsibilities attached to them but since the last Holiday event, we have constantly told the other children about their rights, mentioned Akaki Gertrude. In the next Quarter the beneficiaries are going to sensitise and talk to the beneficiaries more about HIV/AIDS club since this club was also formed among the beneficiaries with currently 9 members in it. This club will the beneficiaries be more aware of HIV/AIDS and how to cope with and sensitise others. PLA will encourage the girls join other clubs such as debate clubs in their schools so that they are able to present themselves with confidence in public and before a big number of people.
“During the holidays, I was going to school because i am a primary seven candidates we had to finalize the primary school syllabus”, said Dorine.
“I was also able to attend a one week youth camp that was supported by our church, the theme for the camp was taken from the book of Jeremiah 8:4-8 which says, if someone falls doesn’t he/she rise up again.” Excitedly mentioned Dorine
During the holidays I played a lot with my friends, revised my books and also helped guardians in the gardens,” mentioned Faith. “Faith is HIV/AIDS positive and needs all the support that she can get especially at school, at home and from PLA,” mentioned her Mathematics teacher Acan Betty.
“Platform for labour action has totally changed my life, until this year I never thought that I would ever seat senior four,” happily mentions Margret.
On top of the support that PLA has been giving Margret that is scholastic materials, school lunch and counselling her school, Okwang Secondary school has also continued to give her a bursary of 30,000 Uganda shillings(USD 12) for her class performance and involvement in school sports every school term.
“During my vacation I intend to help my mother at the produce line to sell food stuff, so that my three siblings can have a better life,” mentioned Margret.
5 beneficiaries will be writing their final end of year examinations, 3 (three) will be writing their Uganda Primary Leaving Examinations (PLE), Two (2) will be writing their Uganda certificate of education.
They are all motivated to work hard and perform better. Some of them have bigger ambitions like Margret who said, “I want to become an engineer in future, am trying to perform to my best in my science subjects so that am able to attain my dream.”
The upcoming events for the next period are: school and home visits, counselling support for children and families and continued support for lunch during school time. We shall send the candidates encouraging messages of good luck in their examination
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