Educate 600 Orphans in Rural Eastern Uganda

 
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Rose's group in Tororo

Project Report for Educate 600 Orphans in Rural Eastern Uganda

Background Information

Rayland Rural Development Organisation is a registered Local NGO with number.5914/ 9938 carried out her activities in the fields of Empowering the Unemployed Women and Youth through Non-Formal Skills Training, Extending Educational Support to Orphans and other Vulnerable Children (OVC), Carrying out HIV/AIDS Awareness and Control of its Spread.

It provides support to the vulnerable children who have lost their parents or guardians and enable them to fit into the society morally, spiritually and mentally.

It was observed that School-related costs have been the major obstacle for children in abject poverty to access education

That is why We, Rayland Rural Development Organisation, are promoting the concept of imparting orphans education and providing them other necessities of life on regular basis. Ultimately they will be able to serve their families and the community.

 

ACTIVITY REPORT:

Education

Education improves the lives of children, the economic and social well being of the communities. It can lead to an increase in the productivity of labor, improved health and it enables people to participate fully in the economy and development of their societies. Children access to education is affected by a wide range of factors. These include family structure, economic and domestic factors, health status and access to health services, Safety of children in schools, and external factors such as the distance of the school from the home and the quality of education also matters.

On top of all that if a child becomes an orphan then the life converts to a nightmare and future is hopeless. Orphan children stand an increased chance of being malnourished and receiving inadequate health care-factors that can adversely affect enrollment, attendance and performance.

 

Challenges

Major concerns of finding resources to pay for school fees and other expense such as uniforms, shoes, school text books, note books, Sweaters, hygiene etc, increases the likelihood of negative outcomes; such as dropout, child labor and other forms of exploitation.

Rayland Rural Development Organisation realized that the school fees and hidden costs are often greatest barriers to schooling. The move to support the OVCs education is critical to ensure that orphans enroll and stay in school.

In this quarter we found out there is need to provide nutritional Aid support for the orphans to combat malnutrition among children.

Since there was a delay in receiving rain water this caused late planting, contributing to hunger and malnutrition is expected most especially among children.

 

Implementation:

With the assistance we received, our team members at the districts of Tororo, Busia and Bugiri gathered all the sponsored orphans at their respective districts and distributed the items according and equally to all children and their guardians were present.

 

Major Achievements of Project:

With the support that we received in the last quarter will successfully enable our 600 children stay at school in the 1st, 2nd 3rd quarter of the year 2015. All the children got the schooling materials which are necessary for the OVCs to help them study (school uniforms, exercise books, black books, mathematical sets ,ball pens, pencils among others) . About 248 of our school candidates are preparing for mocks this month (these include all primary seven, O’Level, S.4 and A’ Level S.6

Provided school uniforms to 600 orphans.

Provided scholastic material to 600 orphans.

Provided footwear to the orphans in need.

 

Needs

The special needs and concerns surroundings orphans and vulnerable children:

It seemed difficult for orphans to get to school in time because the transport facility is very poor or not available. Majority of the orphans come from far remote villages as some of the guardians/ mothers are also so vulnerable that they can't afford the fare.

There is need to have these children in one central place / school where we can take close care and support while at school. (There is need to construct an orphanage school)

Need to support orphans from nursery to university degree. In this way, they will be able to find a better career and will not be forced to drop out of schools / colleges in middle.

 

Conclusion. I give my sincere regards to all our donors at Global Giving, The River Fund, Uganda government, local leaders and all well wishers for supporting our cause of bringing  hope to the vulnerable community we serve most especially the young generations.

I remain yours faithfully,

Onyango Joseph
Executive Director RARUDO

School Supplies!
School Supplies!
Orphans & vulnerable children receive new uniforms
Orphans & vulnerable children receive new uniforms

BACK TO SCHOOL

There was great joy when the children and their guardians got the Good news of the schooling materials and new uniforms. The children were very, very happy for the support and were overjoyed as they got their back to school packages.

They are very appreciative and grateful to our dear donors at global giving for the ever generous support.

As much as we support the children’s education, they are always at the center of inevitable circumstances such as famine, poverty, hunger contributed by a natural disasters which lead to their sufferings.

When droughts strike like it is now in eastern region the children fall first victims to face these challenges, they are forced to go look for water either before or after school hours (in this I call it forced child labour, which violate children’s right). I also found out that the children do not have enough time rest and concentrate on the studies.

Another factor that may distort the children lives in education most especially now as we encounter dry season is malnutrition because of inadequate food due to famine that may strike as a result of late planting.

These factors, if not addressed may lead to school drop outs, child labor, early child marriage, rural urban migration, street kids etc. of which all these are the reasons why RARUDO exists to put all things rightly such that all children attain their rights. The rights to good and quality education, the rights to good health, the rights to good housing, better nutrition.

Generally there is need to help the children even at their homes but the resources are inadequate to reach them all.

The entire community shall be so glad if we could be able to extend some little support to these children in form of food, second hand clothes among others.

Thanks a lot for your LOVE and CARE.

Kind regards

Onyango Joseph

Attending class in new uniforms
Attending class in new uniforms
Beautiful children proud in new uniforms
Beautiful children proud in new uniforms
OVC receiving supplies
OVC receiving supplies

PROGRESS REPORT JANUARY 2015

As we ended the year 2014 we are honored to see our children complete their end of exams excelling to another level of education, here comes again another great year of hope 2015, year for success believing that many of our dreams come to pass as the struggle continues.

We entered the year 2015 with a lot joy and happiness as our children receive schooling materials and uniforms for another long journey of academic struggle in 2015. This has been made possible with donation support which we received in early December 2014 Ug. Shs. 35,348,000 was spent on children’s education support and Ug. Shs. 960,000 on housing support for one student at St. Laurence University.

Your financial support has left long lasting memories in the hearts of these children.

This gives us the will to fulfill our objectives and reach our educational support services to every child. We have a dedicated team of leaders in three districts: Tororo, Busia and Bugiri where these team leaders work hand in hand with various respective school head teachers handling the task of educating and also bridging the gap between child and school staff and community members for better up bringing the children to be good citizens.

Challenges:

Majority of Uganda‘s population live in rural setting where poverty and pandemic disease has stricken and where most cannot afford to meet better health, quality education and majority of these are women and children who are has faced by many of these challenges, high cost of educational material, uniforms and infrastructure, teachers are underpaid, all rural school children go bare footed and some stay without a meal at school.

We are blessed to partner with The River Fund, Global Giving and Uganda local government whose contribution has allowed us support over 600 OVC (orphans and other vulnerable children) with scholastic materials, School uniforms and sometimes meals at home.

It is my humble request that we may have resources available to allow our children have a better bright future and build a strong nation Uganda.

I give my sincere regards to all our donors at Global Giving, The River Fund, the Uganda government, local leaders and all well-wishers for supporting our cause of bringing hope to the vulnerable community particularly children and women.

School supplies and uniforms
School supplies and uniforms
Boy being measured for a new uniform
Boy being measured for a new uniform
Girl measured for new school uniform
Girl measured for new school uniform

Attachments:
Typical rural classroom
Typical rural classroom

A PROGRESS REPORT FOR EDUCATE 600 ORPHANS PROJECT IN RURAL EASTERN UGANDA.

It is my sincere gratitude to report to you that our children have started doing their end of the year exams leading them to another level of education.

As the year 2014 is ending and we are happy that all our 600 children are at school, they are completing their end of year examination in mid December 2014. This has been made possible by our dear donors in the US and UK.

Your generosity has engraved remarkable memories in the hearts of these little young children.

To effectively fulfill our objectives and reach our educational support services to every child, RARUDO has a dedicated team of leaders in three districts Tororo, Busia and Bugiri where it operates, these team leaders work hand in hand with various respective school head teachers handling the task of educating and also bridging the gap between child and school staff and community members for better up bringing the children to be good citizens.

Challenges:

75% of Uganda ‘s population live in rural setting where poverty and  pandemic disease has stricken and where most cannot afford to meet better health, quality education  and majority of these are women and children who are has faced by  many of these  challenges, high cost of educational material, uniforms and infrastructure, teachers are underpaid, all rural school children go bare footed  and some stay  without a meal at school.

RARUDO is privileged to partner with The River Fund, Global Giving and Uganda local government whose contribution has allowed us support over 600 OVC with scholastic materials, School uniforms and sometimes meals at home.

The needs:

These are the needs that may give our children better life and better future  our hope is that we get the funds which can allow us  provide them with items as listed below:-

  • Scholastic Material
  • School Uniforms
  • Some Foot Wear
  • Girl-child support
  • Bathing and washing soap
  • Out of school dressing ( at least second hand clothing)
  • Beddings (mattress, blankets, mosquito nets among others.)
  • Tooth paste and tooth brush.
  • At least a meal at school.
  • The Measures to retain children at school to control the dropout rate

It is my humble request that we may have resources available to allow our children have a better bright future and build a strong nation Uganda.

 I give my sincere regards to all our donors at Global Giving, The River Fund, the Uganda government, local leaders and all well wishers for supporting our cause of bringing hope to the vulnerable community.

May God Bless you.

I remain yours in service,

Onyango Joseph

Executive Director

RARUDO

Girls attending secondary school and thriving!
Girls attending secondary school and thriving!

We have really exciting news and progress to report that we now have three more young people attending college.

F, a young man, is attending Saint Lawrence University in Kampala Uganda for business and computer training.

In Kenya, O and A, are studying IT and accounting at a college near the Rift Valley. These young women graduated from S6 in Tororo, Uganda in 2008 and have been working throughout Kenya, their home country, for the last six years.

The Riverfund has supported these children and their education and helped their families since they were quite young. We first met them in 2001! F was a little boy and still at his mother's skirts. O and A were not yet in secondary school but had travelled a long distance to attend school in Eastern Uganda.

The funds we received in early 2014 enabled us to send 600 children back to school. We purchased and distributed the scholastic material to the children registered across the project areas. These children are happy and excited to be in school and without our help they simply could not attend.

Thank you for your help!

We will need additional funds to continue to send children to school and to keep them in school for as long as possible. One extra year of secondary school can increase a girls future earning by as much as 25%!

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Organization

The River Fund

Sebastian, Florida, United States
http://www.riverfund.org

Project Leader

Joseph Onyango

Executive Director
Kampala, Uganda

Where is this project located?

Map of Educate 600 Orphans in Rural Eastern Uganda