PPDR UGANDA REFUGEE CHILD CARE PROGRAMME REPORTMARCH 2012
This activity started since 2009 and aimed at helping refugee children to access education here in Kampala Uganda.We offer them informal education and then after we encourage them to join formal education in various schools.
The vision of this project is to have a refugee owned school one day which we believe will be the lasting solution tomany problems of refugee children in Kampala Uganda. We are hoping that one day we shall have a six classrooms primary school and then a secondary school which will positively respond to the protection, the security and the welfare of refugee children in Kampala Uganda.
2. Human resources
The program has two teachers, one cleaner and the project coordinator and beyond that we have, the children areformed in leadership and then the program is backed up by the committee of parents composed of 4 people.
3. The children
They came from different parts of Kampala both refugees and children from poor communities around the offices ofPPDR and still the project are looking at incorporating street children in Kampala. They are from different age groups 5 -15 years.Each four (4) months we help at least 40 children to integrate the formal education, these are children who have transited in our learning center.
4. The Classes and other activities
We have two class rooms which are built with timber and they are divided into two levels, one with a total number of 38 children and level two with a total number of 42 children. The level one for all children who know almost nothing despite the age and we need to start teaching them almost from zero. Then level two is for those who can easilywrite, read, speak ….The classes also hold students for Functional Adults Literacy and refugee who learn English who use also the two levels. Each six months 50 Adults refugees graduate from our center in the English for Adults (EFA), they learn on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 2-4 and 4-6pm currently the level has 23 learners and the level two 20 learners.The classes also are used for our staff and members’ meeting once in a week. The classes still used for our counseling and refugee orientation meeting for the refugee determination process, each day we meet 4 refugees from 12 -2 pm. The same classes are used for the youth Drama group every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday from 5-7 pm. The classes are also used for prayers by a group of refugees who meet every Saturday from 8 am – 1pm and every Sunday from 2- 4pm. Last year 2011 the classes were used by the LocalLeader 5 times for the village meetings with the local people.
Last year in 2011 the classes were used twice for our learners’ graduation ceremony and twice by the Finnish Refugee Council for Inter center English competitions. Then it hosted a 3 meetings of Human Rights Defenders refugees in Uganda, 1 meeting bring together all refugee associations in Uganda who met the Coordinator of the Global Giving storytelling and 2 meeting of the Congolese Refugee Community in Kampala executivecommittee. Last year the classes were used as a transit shelter for 5 refugee families who had nowhere to sleep for one month,
Finally the classes are also used by a group of PPDR women who are involved in Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) and the meet once in a month on Wednesday from 2-4 pm, generally a total numberof 35 women meet their each month.
The children classes start on Monday up to Friday from 8:30 – 12:00 pm and the learn different subject such as English, Mathematics, Moral values, sciences, sports, culture values… Each lesson is given specific time.
6. The funds
From its begging this program started receiving the contributions from the beneficiaries, each child contributes3,000 Ug Sh which is 1, 5 $ USA per month the problem is that some give others fail to give. This money helps us to respond to the daily problems of the project and also the allowances for the teachers.
The contribution from PPDR members: Sporadically some members of PPDR do contribute some money to the project and few people from the community do help us in one way or the other.
Global Giving: Since 2010 we started advertising this project on the website of Global Giving and sometimes it gets some money, other times no. Since then we have received 2,275 $ USA in total. This money has been used to build the two class rooms.
We are happy to see that we have been able to build up a two class room structure which will accommodate manyrefugees for the next three years to come. Each four months more than 40 refugee children and other vulnerable children in the communities integrate the formal education in various schools.The program attracts now number ofvolunteers and interns from different countries. The high interest of the communities in the program that help us with different things
The structure is not yet complete because it lacks number of things as it is highlighted in the project proposal to Global Giving, e.g. The roof is not yet covered and this is a big problem when it rains children have nowhere to sit
A big number of children beyond our capacity, this makes us to lack seats to sit on, space and few number ofpersonnel to take care of them. Unable to respond to cases of children who are sick and have no one to look after them; and the lack of basic needs when they are at school like breakfast
9. Way forward
A long this year we want to focus o the following:
To finish building the class rooms;
Training of staff in children rights and social welfare and setting small income generating activities to facilitate theproject staffs in terms of allowances;
To form a parliament of children this will be the voice of other children who are more vulnerable and advocate fortheir rights;
To form a children music school to train those who are above 15 years old in a life skill program for their future and away of protecting them from the dangers of adolescence period.
To advocate for the UNHCR and the government to prioritize refugee children and other vulnerable in their programming and subsidize the access to education to all vulnerable from poor families;
Encouraging the community and the local authorities’ participation;
Expanding our field of influence through networking with other NGOs and institutions,
Our conclusion is just a great thanks to all people of good will who have helped us in different ways especially through the donations to our project on Global Giving.
Done In Kampala
March 15th, 2012
Kulihoshi Musikami Pecos
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