Nov 27, 2019

Library Project Almost Done - Still Need Textbooks

Students Reading at Agwata School Library
Students Reading at Agwata School Library

Since our last report in late July, the painter has completed painting of both the interior and exterior of the library. The one remaining item still to go as funds become available is to purchase textbooks for the main class subjects in the 1st to 5th grade classes.

Before the library existed, there was no place to store textbooks. And there was no money for textbooks either. This is a typical situation in many primary schools in Uganda. Consequently, only the teachers had the necessary teacher books along with one or two pupil textbooks so they could write examples and problems on the blackboard.

As you can imagine, this is not a good situation. It is one reason we were so excited to be able to help the community build a library for its school. Now there is ample shelving available to store many textbooks. This means each class of 50 to 60 students can come to the library and each student will be able to study from their own textbook. Teachers will also be able to check the textbooks out of the library and take them to their classrooms during instruction times.

Currently, we have about 80% of the textbooks needed for 6th graders. But almost no textbooks for other grade levels. Our textbook shelves are 80% empty. We are hoping for a grant to purchase 5th graders textbooks. We hope that remaining funding needed for 3rd and 4th grader textbooks can be raised as part of this project. Textbook prices vary depending on grade level and subject but usually are in the $7.50 to $10 price range.

We appreciate your invaluable support in constructing the library and helping with its final finish work. If you have friends or family that you think would love to help complete this project with the textbooks, please share this opportunity with them! 

Thanks again!

Student Choosing a Book from New Library Shelves
Student Choosing a Book from New Library Shelves

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Nov 27, 2019

Your Donations Make a Life Changing Difference

Adeno, a Sponsored Student Since 2008
Adeno, a Sponsored Student Since 2008

I’d like to introduce you to Adeno so you can see first hand, how your donations are impacting girls' lives. Adeno joined our sponsorship program very early in 2008 when she was still in primary school. She is very thankful to her sponsors that she has had this opportunity in her life.

Adeno comes from a large family including her parents. Her mother is one of the women artisans in our Jinja craft group. Her family lives in a single rented room in one of the worst Jinja slums (her home is shown in the 3rd photo). Adeno attended the nearby government primary school. Even that would have been impossible without her participating in our sponsorship program.

When younger, she dreamed of being a teacher. But when she finished 10th grade, she decided to branch to vocational school. She even received a scholarship for her tuition to join a catering course. Sponsorship means she could board at the school where she could focus totally on her studies.  She excelled in her studies.

This past summer she decided to pursue a two year associate’s degree course in travel and tourism. During her 2 month break from school, she joined us in Agwata village for four weeks as our paid chef. She started her degree course in September thanks to continued support from Outreach Uganda’s child sponsorship program.

This may not seem extraordinary. But comparing Adeno to other girls who grew up in the same slums, most are married with a couple of children. They have no means to support themselves or their families and no prospects for a future.

Because Adeno has completed 4 years of secondary school and will most likely complete 2 more years of schooling, we know that statistically per the UN:

  • She is 60% more likely to find work
  • She is 66% less likely to marry at a young age
  • She is 60% less likely to have children before she reaches age 18
  • When she becomes a mother, it is 50% less likely that any of her children will die before age 5
  • She is 70% less likely to die in child birth

Thank you for your support to enable more girls like Adeno to enter our sponsorship program and develop into hopeful young women like Adeno.

 

 

Adeno Excited to Gain Experience in Catering Field
Adeno Excited to Gain Experience in Catering Field
Adeno's Home Where She Grew Up in the Slums
Adeno's Home Where She Grew Up in the Slums

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Nov 27, 2019

Santa Saves Money & Dreams About Her New Home

Santa, Jinja Women's Group Member
Santa, Jinja Women's Group Member

We continue to complete common area improvements on our 6 1/2 acres of land, and file the paperwork for our home development project, Our goal is to begin home building during 2020. The governement road work that was going on adjacent to our land seems to be finished! That means we can hopefully finalize the necessary common area improvements in the next few months.

We’d like you to meet, Santa, one of our Ugandan women artisans. We hope that Santa and other women artisans like her, will eventually be able to have a home as part of our home building project. Santa hand rolls the recycled paper beads that you see in our online shop on our web site. She has been a member of our Ugandan women’s beader group for quite a few years. She is a good beader and also sews cloth items on her manual sewing machine.

Outreach Uganda's sales of jewelry and craft products from our online store, and through holiday events and crafts fairs.helps Santa feed her family and  buy medicines too. She also can send her children to school. Besides that, it enabled her to start her own personal business. Lastly, she is using some of her craft earnings to save money for a down payment on a home as part of our home building program.

Santa’s household consists of herself, four children and three other dependents. She is 50 years old. Santa fled to Jinja in 1988 from northern Uganda because of the war that was going on there. Besides beading, she earns additional income from her small shop near the port area of Jinja. 

We appreciate your continued support and your patience as we continue to make progress on this project which will have a major impact in the lives of those women who will eventually be able to move out of the dangerous slums of Jinja.

Thank you!

Santa Outside Her Shop in Jinja Uganda
Santa Outside Her Shop in Jinja Uganda

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