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.
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