Healthcare Volunteer Uganda (HVU) continues the struggle lobbying for support to promote education of orphans and vulnerable young people providing them with tuition fees and scholastic materials which are essential for facilitating their learning at school. Many families where OVCs come from live under distressed conditions, even some children live on their own and as such cannot afford secondary school education. Many of Students who cannot afford the requirements of being at school have continued to drop out of school while those who persist have poor education attainment due frequent miss out of classes and inability to perform academic tasks given at school.
Enrolling Students in need of support for education:
From January to mid February HVU has been registering students who are in most need for educational support. A total of 10 students were registered two of which are HIV positive, while eight are complete orphans and living with HIV positive care takers. All the ten students do not have assured support for school fees and other scholastic materials and many have not yet returned to school for this school term. The total cost for school fees for one term for any given student is $ 150, $40 for uniform, $40 for examination fees, and $ 50 for scholastic materials. Other miscellaneous fees amount to $120 bringing the total cost for all the items for one school year to $USD400.
Assessing Alternative means of sustainability for the OVCs Households:
In an effort to promote the principle of sustainability, HVU with Mildmay Uganda, in January 2014 been making an assessment of the possibility of supporting poor households were vulnerable students comes from with income generating activities (IGAs). By enabling families with means of earning an income, these households can become self reliant in the future and be able to support the education of their children other than depending on donor funding that may not be long lasting. Majority of the households visited during the exercise suggested to be supported with livestock projects such as poultry, piggery, goats, and cattle projects while a few wanted financial capital to start small businesses in the informal sector. 50 OVC households were visited for this exercise and their cases documented.
Shamim aged 16 and Hamadah aged 13 attends school at St. Francis S.S.S Nansana and MK Crown Academy respectively. The two are siblings and were born in the rural Rakai district. They lost their mother in 2004 and their father in 2008 due to HIV/AIDS. The dual have been registered for the HVU education support program and have been leaving under the support of their paternal uncle who cannot do much anymore at this time given his poor financial situation. Shamim is in secondary form four while Hamadah is in secondary from two, but they are not sure of their future in school at the moment.
The two are part of the 10 students who were enrolled for potential benefit from the education support program.
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