WE ARE NOT THE SAME AGAIN BECAUSE OF YOU
“Educate 200 War and HIV/AIDS Orphaned Ugandan Girls” is a project that has given hope and a better future through education to more than 100 beneficiaries in northern Uganda, despite the hardships endured due to the absence of their biological parents who they lost either to HIV/AIDS or the 21 years long LRA rebel war.
The girls have continued to show committed and love for a better future especially through the support in education and counseling that they are rendered with through the project.
Below is a detailed account of these project activities carried out in the months October, November and December 2015
SCHOOL MONITORING VISITS
16 school monitoring visits were this quarter made to the different schools that were inclusive of Lira Modern primary school, Lango Quran Primary school, Adyel Primary school, Lira parents Primary School, Sir Samuel primary school, Canon Lawrence primary school and Lira primary school. The visits were made on a daily basis.
This quarter the beneficiaries studied harder as they had to seat for their promotional examinations to the next class, the primary seven girls were very happy to finally seat their primary leaving examinations and were very excited to that they all look forward to scoring first grade so as to get the best secondary schools where they can attain their dreams.
The primary leaving examinations are a gate pass for the beneficiaries to another level of education.
To excel in their examinations, the beneficiaries are consulted with their class and subject teachers as they also revised some of the old examinations papers of mock and past examinations done.
The visits were to also made to encourage the girls and monitor their progress, their class notes and exercises that they have been carrying out
During the visits, PLA program Assistant advised the beneficiaries to study and work hard to become better people as well as have a better life in future.
PRIMARY SEVEN BENEFICARIES
In the month of November were had over 7 girls that sat their primary leaving examinations, they received encouragement/success cards that were received through their schools.
The cards to the beneficiaries show a sign of love to them from the organization, the girls especially Brenda expressed, I was so happy when my teacher called me out to receive my success card, I thought no one would do that for me, I showed it my friends and held on to it for over 2 days, happily shared Brenda.
As part of support to the beneficiaries, the girls get to share their fears and desires, this was one of the desires fulfilled.
19 PLA beneficiaries were this quarter counseled and talked to by PLA staff and especially PLA program Assistant who pays them visits both at school and at home.
As the year came to an end, a lot was expected to happen especially since there is a long school holidays coming up.
Some of the girls were scared that during the school holiday they would be over worked while others will be forced to get married. During the different sessions both during the school and home monitoring visits, the organizations has encouraged the girls to share how the feel openly.
A case in point is that of Awino who shared that at one point one of her uncles came home and told her guardians that there is a rich man in the village who is interested in marrying her, she cried a lot when she was asked what her thoughts were, she then shared her story with PLA program Assistant who called both the guardians Mr. and Mrs. Alunga. The guardians did share that the offer was tempting since they have over 9 children to take care of; they were advised at PLA office to take into consideration Awino’s decision and future.
Awino is still continuing with school and the guardians have too promised to support her as she studies.
PLA is to continue talking to both the guardians and the girls with more emphasis on the need for the girls’ education.
PLANNED ACTIVITIES FOR NEXT YEAR
In the year 2016, we continue to ask for your continuous support to the girls to make them better people in life, the education that the girls receive especially because of your support, has prevented them from evils of early marriage and exploitation.
As 2016 continues, we will continue to monitor the progress of the girls, provide them to physiological support, scholastic materials and school lunch at the different schools within Lira district in northern Uganda.
Adengo from domestic work to becoming a professional tailor.
She is a 20 year old former child domestic worker who was brought from Soroti District of Eastern Uganda to work in Nsambya Military Police barracks in Kampala the capital city of Uganda. She narrates that her life as a child domestic worker was full of misery. She did all the house work by herself that included, cleaning the house, washing utensils, clothes of all household members and cooking all meals. She never had any time to rest and would be tired all the time. ‘I sleep late and wake up very early to do house work’ she narrated during her first interview. She says she was never paid for her services by the employer. Her life was a misery and she had lost hope for a better life since she was not receiving any monthly wages. She had thought of running away from her employers and hook up with any man that would take her as a wife as long as he could provide her with basic needs. Through Platform for Labour Action’s Child Exploitation Programme, she was identified, and immediately rescued her from her exploitative labour condition when she was 17 years old in 2012. After being provided psychosocial support by Platform for Labour Action, expressed interest in going back to school to study tailoring. She was enrolled at Nile vocational Institute in 2012 in Jinja District where she offered the Tailoring course. and successfully graduated in 2013.
After her graduation, PLA resettled her back at her home in Soroti as she looked for a better paying job related to what she had studied. A friend later connected her to a tailoring workshop in Kampala at City Complex where she tailors bed sheets, pillow covers and other clothes. This job earns her one hundred and fifty thousand shillings (150,000/=) a month. She mentions that;
“I am very happy to get a professional paying job in Kampala…my life has now improved for the better, I live independently and I am able to afford my basic needs such as food and shelter and send some money to my parents in the village. I am currently saving to purchase my own tailoring machine…I thank PLA and the donors for enabling me acquire skills and for making me become a professional tailor!’
13 years old Obii has been promoted to primary seven 7 in Omito Primary School, she was born to the late Omara and Akot their father died in 2002 and left her 15 year old bother in charge of the now family of 4.
Obii is in a child headed family.
Despite the hardships associated with child headed families, her dream is to become a nurse and science is her best and favorite subject.
“I love going to school because I get to learn new things and also meet my friends”, shared Obii
Obii’s brother Nelson was trained by a certain Organization welt hanger on how to make charcoal stove, this is what the family is now depending on for survival, “my brother makes the stove and after selling them, that’s when we can have money and get food to eat, but the main challenge is that he never has more money to buy materials to make more charcoal stove since all the money is always finished in buying home necessities, that’s when he starts to beg again for us to have something to eat”, narrated Obii.
Obii`s other brother and sister are not in school because there is hardly money to take care of them so all they do is play at home with assistance from well-wishers for survival.
Obii hopes to one day complete school and support her family as she is the only who was lucky enough to get scholarship.
“I will help my young ones and also support my elder brother when I finish school, I am their only hope” mentioned Obii.
Obii is happy for the support that she continues to get from the donors and she says she will continue to pray so that God will provide through them.