Yes, 2015 is a promising year and it has began on a high! I could never have asked for anything better after a long hard year 2014. 2014 was one of the toughest years in the history of Ngoma Aid Foundation. We had to move to a new home after so many years of not moving, could hardly put food on the table for the children on some occasions, accumulated a big outstanding school fees balance and we were constantly in debt for most of the year to the point that we carried some of the debts forward to 2015. It is the same 2014 that we did not get a single disbursement from Global Giving Foundation. Yes it was a tough year.
The past is certainly behind us now and we are hoping that 2015 will be a much better year with your support. We are begining to settle in our new home although much more needs to be done so as to have it to the level that we want. The children have all reported back to their respective schools. I am happy to report that Krishna, Gladys, James and Anita excelled in the 2014 Primary Leaving Examinations and have now joined boarding school for their secondary education. Anifa has completed her Teacher training and has gotten temporary placement in one of the local Primary Schools. The other children were promoted to the next class apart from AnnaMary given that she is still adjusting and having to fit into the urban setting having spent most of her time in a rural area. The standards do not match in almost every aspect of life but we are hopeful that she will excel this year.
Despite the promising start. we still have challenges with maintaining the children, providing for their basic needs, scholarstic materials, medical, food and school dues. We still have an outstanding fees balance from last year and yet what is most important is that we have to fight and soldier on. Yes we have challenges BUT the signs are clear, 2015 will certainly be a good year for us and YES it will be good with your continued support. Thank you for the support and my prayer is that you keep the support coming to us because this Project means alot to us as an organisation and is very important to the beneficiaries future.
Thank You always
I cannot belive that this quarter's report is late by some days! I have not had access to internet in the last couple of weeks for reasons beyond my control. Never the less, I am happy i can now submit the project report for the last quarter of 2014.
What a year! It is pretty obvious the year started like any other but this has been a challenging one for us at Ngoma Aid Foundation. Our fundraising has been significantly down and yet we had to keep pressing on. I'm always happy to report about the children and their ability to get education and the progress made. Unlike other organisation projects that have registered no activity through out the year, this particular project has been vibrant through out the year.
I'm happy to report that all the children have managed to attend the three school terms though they had interuptions in their second term because of the financial challenges, and given that we were planning to move to a new home. Gladys, James and Krishna sat for their Primary Leaving Examinations and will be joining Secondary School come 2015. Natasha, Isaac, Bright, Nina, Evas and AnnaMary changed school in the middle of the year becuase we had to move to a new home. They must be used to the new environment and competiting favourably with the other students given that the two schools are among the best in the District. The challenge is that they each need new sets of uniforms, reams of paper, shoes among other things. We did negotiate with the school to allow them use their old uniforms until next year given our poor financial standing. Prossy changed school too after just a single term in secondary school and is now fully settled in her new school. The older boys Posiano, Sostin and Alex are still in their old school given that they are in boarding school. Sostin continues to benefit from the school bursary for his good performance at school and the other two have out standing school dues that we hope to clear as soon as we have some money coming through. Bright, Isaac and James have outstanding school fees dues to. If there is one thing i have done this term, it is to move from school to school negotiating the children's stay in school even when they have not paid. That is why others have not paid anything and yet the school term is coming to an end in a couple of days but have attended and are in school. .
On a more brighter note, Hanifa is finishing her Grade Three Teachers certificate and we wish her well and hope she will get a job as early as next year. Josephine will also be graduating with a BA Social Sciences early 2015. These are the two girls that bring meaning and highlight the importance and achievements of this project that was originally designed to help girls access education despite their poor backgrounds. Allow me Congratulate Hanifa and Josephine upon their success. We are forever grateful to all of you our supporters who have make it very possible for us to extend this help to our beneficiaries. I pray for your continued assistance for the success of the project. You will appreciate that we have to keep pushing and yes, many more need our help.
The next school term is not far from now. The children will be home for the long Chrsitmas holiday but should be able to report back to school by early Feb 2015. As you make your budgets for the coming year, kindly consider making a donation to these angels that need the help.
Greetings to you our friends and donors. It has been a challenging time for all of us at the organisation but we are still pushing on. Last term was total disaster because all the students did not complete the school term. We were faced with challenges of outstandings bills such as school dues, housing rent, electricity and water bills.
We have moved to a new home and trying to settle there but it is not easy though we are fighting on. We are also hoping that the children will be admitted to other schools and should be able to catch up since we have been teaching them from home. It has generally not been easy but we are still hopeful.
On a more positive note, the two boys in secondary school finished off their school term although we still have outstanding school dues to clear. The Primary school leaving candicate and Bright (P.2) will also keep in their schools and they too finished their school term thought they did not bring any reports and still have outstanding school fees to be paid. These four boys will not be changing school next term and we are hoping that we will be able to negotiate with their respective school administration for them to keep them at school as we arrange our financial situation.
The school term is on in a few days. We are calling on all of you our donors to help us build these childrens' future. We are still committed to the cause and can only achieve our objectives with your support. Thank you so much for your support and generosity.
Like the saying goes, time flies. It has been a fast three months since i wrote the last report. It is amazing that am one day late to submit the latest report. I am happy to be communicating to the people who make it possible for us to meet our goals and objectives. Thank you so much for the support.
The children are currently home for their first term holidays and all is well. They had a peaceful term albeit with some challenges because our capacity was over stretched. We are still going through tough times and it is difficult to explain to a young child why she will not be having her meal for any reason in the world. We are striving and determined to continue to make ends meet. We need all the supoport in the world.
The children are going back to school with fresh demands right from scholastic materials, school fees, feeding and maintenance. It is a challenging time for the project because our fundraising is currently low. We hope that all will be well and we are determined to keep pushing on. We kindly request you to keep the support coming through and are grateful for the your support always.
The struggle continues.
The end of the year 2013 is coming closer and there can never be a better time to say Thank you to all our donors, friends adn well wishers. The children begin their end of year promotional exams in a week or two and we are hopeful that they will all advance with good grades. It has been a challenging second half of the year but we somehow muddle through, despite the current challenges. I am glad to inform you that we are still pushing on.
Alex and Prossy are already back from school after seating their Primary leaving examinsations. It was by Gods grace that they managed to seat for the examinations because we still owe the school some balances. I am glad the school administration allowed them to seat without clearing the full amounts. We are hopeful that we will clear the balances and also very hopeful that the two will pass their examinations and progress to secondary school. James and Krishna are expcted to pass and progress to primary Seven next year implying that we will have another set seating the final Primary Leaving Examinsations in 2014. Jane and Elizabeth are expcted to join Senior Four and they will be seating the Ordinary Level Certificate of Education come 2014. They will most likely branch off for a course. Elijah will be seating for the Advanced level Certificate of Education at the end of 2014 and if he excels, he should be able to joing University or College thereafter. Hanifa has so far gone one year into teacher training and we are hopeful that she too will be completeing her grade three certificate in Primary Teaching and hopefully be taken on by the government as a grade three teacher. The rest of the children in the lower classes are expected to perform well in their promotional examinations and advance to the respective next classes. We have managed to achieve this with your support and we pray that you continue supporting the project.
The challenges are still on and they sure make our work interesting. i wonder what life would be like without challenges or things to worry about - boring i guess. We have identified two more girls that we will be extending help to next year. Other than our current outstanding bills, every child expects a new dress and a new pair of shoes for Christmas. The Christmas meal at the house is usually a heavy one with plenty of rice, beef and a bottle of soda (things the children rarely consume). We also use the big Chrsitmas shopping and Xmas meal as a motivator/reward for good academic performance and good discipline throughout the year. Our 2013 Christmas plans require a very big boost from you our donors, supporters, friends and well sishers given the current state of affairs. We will certainly do very well with your support. Kindly keep the support coming. The school reports will be posted as they come through.
Merry Xmas and Happy New Year 2014.
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