Warm greetings to all our donors, friends and well-wishers. Wherever you are, I hope you are well and keeping safe from the COVID 19 Pandemic.
As you might be aware by now, Schools in Uganda have been closed since mid-March 2020 due to the COVID 19 pandemic. After 7 months of the COVID 19 lockdown, schools in Uganda are set to open on the 15/10/2020 for candidate classes. The rest of the children other than the finalists or candidates will stay home until the government of Uganda pronounces itself on the issue. We are excited about the news of the re-opening of schools given that the Four candidates in Primary Seven and One candidate in Senior Four (Ordinary level) are expected to report for school. The challenge with this development however is that the school fees pressure is back on the urgent to-do list. We have school fees arrears from the third school term of 2019 to the first school term of 2020. No amount was paid at the beginning of the year except for Joseph who was joining the secondary school for the first time.
Apparently, the new term will be the second school term of the year. The communication from the schools (circulars) has stresses/emphasizes the need to have paid all the school fees balances from 2019 and the first school term of 2020. The expectation is that we would have to prepare to deal with the second term school fees too. This has left us in an awkward situation. The reporting to school by our candidates remains in balance. This is further complicated by the need to provide for food and other home and scholarly essentials. We are hopeful that with your help and support, we will be able to deliver on the promise to these children. I hope that you are able to continue supporting the project so that the children re able to go to school. Knowledge is power and the future depends on it.
Aug 6, 2020
The Struggle Begins
By Andrew Martin Niwagaba - Project Leader
Greetings to all our donors, friends, and well-wishers. I am happy to present to you the first report of this project. Schools in Uganda have remained closed since mid-March 2020 as a measure put in place to stop the spread of COVID 19. As a result of the school closures, many young girls (and boys) have remained idle and possibly overwhelmed by the COVID 19 stress. The young girls are particularly at constant risk of exposure to teenage pregnancies, early marriage, and being preyed on by sugar daddies.
As a result of the school closures, the project has majorly focused on planning and strategizing as we wait for the schools to open so that we are able to engage the different stakeholders. Sugar Daddy Awareness classes for the young school-going girls remain our major goal although this will only be possible when the schools reopen. The sad reality is that there are different reports that indicate that there is an increase in cases of young girls who are forced to engage in selling sex in return for cash, food, or even sanitary products as a result of the COVID 19 pandemic.
I request that our donors and well-wishers continue to offer support to this project so that we are able to create Sugar Daddy Awareness among young school
Jun 16, 2020
Dealing With The Unexpected COVID 19 Challenges
By Andrew Martin Niwagaba - Project Leader
Uganda has been under lockdown as a result of the COVID 19 pandemic since mid-March 2020. As a result of the lockdown, the children have not been able to attend school or participate in sports events. We are adhering to the guidelines and trying to Keep Safe. I hope you are Keeping safe too. The Ministry of Education suggested homeschool through Television and radios and sadly, the children have not benefitted from that because we practically do not own a television set. As a result, the children are reading the books they have with them and engaging in house chores such as house cleaning, gardening, and of course have time to play.
In the meantime, the food situation during this COVID 19 pandemic period remains dire. The children have breakfast, lunch, and supper at home as opposed to the school term period when they have one meal at home. We have had to devise ways through which we can meet the food need during this period and generally still require more food and other household requirements. The budget shift to provide food to the children has resulted in accumulated electricity and water bills. More still, the end of the COVID 19 lockdown will certainly resurrect the school fees need for the children as schools open. For now, we are however focusing on surviving the COVID 19 lockdown.
Your continued support to the project as we continue to provide for and shape the lives of these children's future remains paramount to the project's success. I beg that you continue to offer to us the much-needed support.