RWEN (Rural Women's Empowerment Network)JANUARY REPORT 2013 Happy Christmas and happy New Year 2013 EDUCATION: Orphanage centre- We now have 352 orphaned and vulnerable children (OVC), 52 live at the center, and 152 are in other schools. All of them under RWEN (Rural Women Empowerment Network) of which they get assistance from you. These are both primary and secondary PERFORMANCE:The results-of-our children of 2012 are promising and. most of them have been promoted to the next classes of their levels. 25 are joining higher level of education. Schools opened on the 4th of February 2013 and we still lack scholastic materials, uniform, mid -day meals for OVC’s and fees top up not paid yet. Some secondary students and those at higher levels are still at home due to lack of funds. HEALTH:45 children living with HIV/AIDS live positively and are encouraged to work hard through counseling. Stigma is completely out of our communities. 10 children living with HIV/AIDS are always visited and encouraged to get drugs, assisted by the 5 councilors. These go to school and are provided with meals throughout. EPILIPSY: These are 3 who are also helped and always taken for medical check up and drugs are always got for them. 2 live at the center ELDERLY AND WIDOWS: These get mid-day meals and breakfast at the center. These are assisted throughout Other women are working very hard to maintain their families ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION: Tree planting project has started seriously by most women and the youth LONG TERM SURVIVAL SKILLS/HIV/AIDS: Through training and counseling exercises, women and children have become healthy and active. ~ . AGRICULTURE: Most women have picked up interest in growing matoke (banana) and the plantations are doing well with some matoke (banana). Maize did not do well but beans, green vegetables, cassava and potatoes have done well. POULTRY/GOATS: There is great improvement and most women are practicing local poultry and goat keeping at a small scale. ACHIEVEMENTS: - The women have become active than before in their day to day activities. - Education for OVCs has improved and most of them have picked a lot of interest in learning, most of them being in schools. - Balanced diet in schools is practiced, at home and in the community. CHALLENGES: - Child headed families need special attention - Elderly women need better shelter - The children's center/school need fencing though there is lack of shelter for children. - The piggery project has not done well Great thanks go to all our donors and all our friends in partnership. Thank you for Christmas gifts for the children and the women worthy Uganda shs.3.250.000.
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