Our dear donors, friends and well wishers we are pleased to present our quarterly progress report in this first quarter of the year 2013. Thanks for your generous support.
We have learned to value and appreciate the importance of networking with local governments and other stakeholders. This has helped to avoid duplication of work and wastage of resources.
We have targeted 558 orphans and other vulnerable children for support and over 1000 children in Tororo alone came requesting for support. However we could not take them due to delayed and limited funding as per demand. Even for the meetings and trainings that followed we always had more people than we had planned and budgeted for. This definitely put a strain on our budget. There is a limited resource base which does not only make it difficult to meet the demands of the target areas of interventions but also the overwhelming requests from the general community.
Our current coverage is limited to 3 out of over 15 sub counties in Tororo, 2 in Busia out of 13 and 1 in Bugiri out of 11. Efforts to lobby from other sources to supplement support have not been very successful yet.
Support is confined to mainly women, Orphans, youth, girl-child, PLWAS the Elderly and persons with disability thus leaving very many other impoverished children like orphans due to others factor; illegitimate children, child mothers, children with disabilities and those who have dropped out of school helpless.
Rise in costs of items and commodities due to fuel crisis and the global financial crisis. This mainly affected the feeding and materials costs.
Besides, there is need to vigorously diversify the income sources so as to increase the area of coverage and also include other aspects like formal education for orphans and other vulnerable children in school, HIV/AIDS affected children, human rights programmes geared towards protecting widows and orphans due to HIV/AIDs, among other programmes.
Our sincere thanks go to the local community leaders, school and church leaders and other actors with whom we have worked together in planning and implementation of most of the programme activities already carried out. Thank you our donors and thank you for your cooperation, insights and support that have helped us to become more relevant and owned by the beneficiaries.
Yours sincerely,Onyango Joseph
More About our children:Out of 558 orphaned and vulnerable children (OVC), 300 children sat for both PLE and O’level (senior four final exams), 262 sat for Primary Leaving Exams (PLE)38 out of 89 in secondary sat for O’Level ExamsOther 258 are in lower classes but also did their promotional Exam.There is tremendous demand from other children in the community in need of support.It just overwhelming and heart breaking when I see children come to me crying for help.From within January and February 2013 in Tororo alone we registered more children totalling to 1,000 children with hope for funding.
If we received additional funding we shall extend the support to these needy childrenof whom majority are girls.
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