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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.
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