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Jun 2, 2015

Apr-June 2015: News from the Village

This student with albinism can now go to school.
This student with albinism can now go to school.

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Our primary school and secondary school students are back at school and studying hard.  This year, we have increased emphasis on math and science to help students gain the background and skills the workforce in Uganda seeks.  The materials for the Annual Reading Challenge are being prepared for each grade at the prmary school.  The Challenge, which begins in July, will incorporate some math and science topics as well.

We believe in well-rounded education, including physical education. We're thrilled that thanks to some very special donors in the U.S. and the U.K, we have at long last been able to get construction equipment to the remote mountain village to make the school field safe. It was fill of rocks and a very uneven surface which led to injuries. The field will be enjoyed by children from the village and nearby schools as well.

On a related note, 18 of our primary school students won at the district track and field event and went to Nationals in Lira! Competition was tough but it is a great experience for the students, and winners receive a point that helps them get into University. The results are not yet known but we're wishing them luck!

We have partnered with Asante Mariamu and Restore International to help students with albinism go to school.  Every child deserves to go to school.  We also have two schoolchildren with serious medical needs --  Amos lost an arm and a leg in an animal attack as a small child, and seventh grader Miriam is battling leukemia. We hope that both can be back at school soon. Check out our website or Facebook (Arlington Academy of Hope) for more details.

And on the outreach front, we are providing training, books, and some school supplies at nearby underresourced public schools. We are also giving some support for a school lunch program at the nearby Bulobi school, so children can be fed and stay for the full school day. It's hard to learn when you're hungry, and students at nearby schools often go home at lunchtime and don't come back to school in the afternoon.

None of this would be possible without you, so we extend our sincere gratitude. Thank you for making a difference!

Amos just got a new prosthetic leg!
Amos just got a new prosthetic leg!
Miriam is in chemo treatment for her cancer.
Miriam is in chemo treatment for her cancer.
AAH students enjoy track and field competitions
AAH students enjoy track and field competitions
Breaking ground on a playing field at our school.
Breaking ground on a playing field at our school.

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Jun 2, 2015

Apr-June 2015: News from the Village

Amos just got a new prosthetic leg!
Amos just got a new prosthetic leg!

Please consider supporting us on GlobalGiving's July 15th Match Day, so your donation gets a 50% match and goes further! 

Our primary school and secondary school students are back at school and studying hard.  This year, we have increased emphasis on math and science to help students gain the background and skills the workforce in Uganda seeks.  The materials for the Annual Reading Challenge are being prepared for each grade at the primary school.  The Challenge, which begins in July, will incorporate some math and science topics as well.

We believe in well-rounded education, including physical education. We're thrilled that thanks to some very special donors in the U.S. and the U.K, we have at long last been able to get construction equipment to the remote mountain village to make the school field safe. It was fill of rocks and a very uneven surface which led to injuries. 

On a related note, 18 of our primary school students won at the district track and field event and went to Nationals in Lira! Competition was tough but it is a great experience for the students, and winners receive a point that helps them get into University. The results are not yet known but we're wishing them luck!

We have partnered with Asante Mariamu and Restore International to deliver key vision and educational tools for students with albinism, so they can go to school.  Every child deserves to go to school.  We also have two schoolchildren with serious medical needs --  Amos lost an arm and a leg in an animal attack as a small child, and seventh grader Miriam is battling leukemia. We hope that both can be back at school soon. Check out our website or Facebook (Arlington Academy of Hope) for more details.

And on the outreach front, we are providing training, books, and some school supplies at nearby underresourced public schools. We are also giving some support for a school lunch program at the nearby Bulobi school, so children can be fed and stay for the full school day. It's hard to learn when you're hungry, and students at nearby schools often go home at lunchtime and don't come back to school in the afternoon.

None of this would be possible without you, so we extend our sincere gratitude. Thank you for making a difference!

Miriam is in chemo treatment for her cancer.
Miriam is in chemo treatment for her cancer.
Breaking ground on a playing field at our school.
Breaking ground on a playing field at our school.
AAH students enjoy track and field competitions
AAH students enjoy track and field competitions
This student with albinism can now go to school.
This student with albinism can now go to school.

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Mar 16, 2015

Jan-Mar 2015: News from the Village

Donated girls mentoring t-shirts proved popular
Donated girls mentoring t-shirts proved popular
Great news!  The results of the Primary Leaving Exam (PLE) taken last Dec. are in, and all of the 7th graders  at Arlington Academy of Hope (AAH)'s school in Uganda have passed -- most scoring in the highest category. This made them eligible to attend some of the best secondary schools in the country. Once again, AAH's school is one of the top scoring schools in the country.
In Uganda, the PLE is a national exam at the end of primary school to determine who is permitted to continue on to secondary school, so it's a very important milestone. This is a real testament to our hardworking teachers, staff, students, their supportive families, and our wonderful sponsors and supporters! Our top female student was even the top female student in the district!

Equally exciting, we're thrilled to announce that a local school that we have assisted under our outreach program also had all their seventh graders pass the PLE. While Bulobi school had less top scoring grades, they all passed for the first time in the school's history! This means more will have a chance to go to secondary school.  Lasell and Marymount have much to do with this success as both have sent numerous groups of teachers adn students which helped improve educational quality at Bulobi. PLE scores at other of our outreach schools are steadily improving, demonstrating that adopting AAH's educational model is possible and is effective.
Our primary, secondary, and university students are at school now. Meet a special one: Moureen, recipient of our 2015 TOMS Award. This award recognizes academic achievement and community service because giving back is important to us. Moureen is 13 yrs old and went to a public school. She scored high on the PLE and helped out at school. She wants to become a doctor and help sick people in her community one day. She hopes to help other girls to finish school and live better lives. She encourages neighbors to take care of their health by bathing regularly, brushing their teeth, and washing their clothes. At home, she helps her parents care for 15 siblings and by fetching water, sweeping, and cooking.
Thank you so much for your interest and support!  We simply couldn't do it without you. Oh, and check out the cover story on a recent trip to AAH programs by co-founder John Wanda, Board member Dean Scribner, and some very dedicated donors!
Cover story on recent AAH trip
Cover story on recent AAH trip
Kelly, GlobalGiving
Kelly, GlobalGiving's East Africa Rep., visited
2015 TOMS Scholar
2015 TOMS Scholar

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