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Oct 21, 2015

Monika`s story

Monika’s story

14 years old Monika studies in primary six at Lira primary school. Monika is born to the late Caroline and Oyuku who passed on in 2009 and 2013; she was left in the care of her maternal aunty Gloria who tries to give her basic needs to her capacity

Monika wakes up at 5:00am to clean the house, wash the utensils and put the food on the fire, after which she gets ready for school by 6:30am, while at school Monika starts to revise her books as she waits for the teachers and also interacts with some of her friends like Fatuma and Alice.

“When I get to school, I find my friends who we share with what happened at home, I enjoy their stories as they always have interesting things to say, they all stay with both their parents,” shared Monika.

Monika may not be mistreated at home, but she doesn’t get the same attention as she would get from her own parents.

“My aunty has a lot of responsibilities and her husband doesn’t help her in paying school fees, that’s why I get sent away from school because of unpaid dues, it’s because of this that I got the scholarship from PLA,” explained Monika.

In her midterm examination, Monika managed to score in the 65th position out of 178 pupils in her class.

 

Monika`s best subject is mathematics, she has reported that the subject is getting harder for her and was advised to seek more assistance from her teachers, to revise her notes and to have a reading timetable .Monika aspires to become an accountant and to work in a bank.

To PLA and the Donors, Monika remains thankfully but also continues to pray that she will get funding that will help her finalize primary education as her aunt is unable to support her.

 


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Oct 21, 2015

QUARTERLY REPORT FOR JULY- SEPTEMBER

 

Platform for Labour action with support from Global Giving is currently supporting 30 girls with school lunch, scholastic materials and physiological support in all aspects of their lives. The girls go to government owed schools of Lira primary school, Lira Modern primary school, Lira police primary school, Ireda primary school, St Mary’s primary school, Lango Quran primary school, Railways primary school, Adyel primary school, Canon Lawrence primary school, Lira Parents’ primary school and Sir Samuel Joe nursery and primary school.

“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.

Below is a detailed account of these project activities carried out in the months July, August and September 2015

 

SCHOOL MONITORING VISITS

16 school monitoring visits were this quarter made to PLA beneficiaries. The girls were visited in their different schools of Lira parents, Lira Police primary school, Lango Quran primary school, Sir Samuel Joe primary school, Adyel primary school, railways primary school, Iredah primary school and Lira modern primary school among others.

The girls have continued to actively participate in the school activities such as playing netball and joining the debate club. In preparation for the end of year sports day, the girls have also in their different colors participated in athletics, They Girls continue to portray good behavior as reported by their teachers and some of the guardian that PLA has interacted with

 

COUNSELING 

All the current PLA beneficiaries were this quarter counseled and talked to by PLA staff and especially PLA program Assistant and the administrative volunteer who was once PLA’s school beneficiary, He has also been sharing his experiences as a beneficiary of the project and what he did to make him successful today.

The girls have been encouraged to study hard because then it’s easy to get for them support for especially the different schools in Lira who especially provide support based on a student’s performance in either class or sports.

 

 

BENEFICIARIES’ STORIES

Awor’ story

14 years old Monika studies in primary six at Lira primary school. Monika is born to the late Caroline and Godfrey who passed on in 2009 and 2013; she was left in the care of her maternal aunty Gloria who tries to give her basic needs to her capacity.

Monika`s journey;

Monika day starts at 5:00am as she has to clean the house wash the utensils and put food on the fire, after which she gets ready for school by 6:30am, while at school Monika starts to revise her books as she waits for the teachers and also interacts with some of her friends Fatuma and Alice.

“When I get to school, I find my friends who we share with what happened at home, I enjoy their stories as they always have interesting things to say, they all stay with both their parents,” shared Monika.

Monika may not be mistreated at home, but she doesn’t get the same attention as she would get from her own parents.

“My aunty has a lot of responbilities and her husband doesn’t help her in paying school fees, that’s why I get sent away from school because of unpaid dues, its because of this that I got the scholarship from PLA,” explained Monika.

In her midterm examination, Monika managed to score in the 65th position out of 178 pupils in her class.

 

Her favorite subject is still remains math’s, though she says that its getting harder for her, she was therefore advised to seek the assistance of her teachers who were willing to help.

Monika dream is to become an accountant; she enjoys counting and believes that being an accountant is about figures, she wants to work in a bank when she finishes school.

To PLA and the Donors, Monika remains thankfully but also continues to pray that she will get funding that will help her finalize school and she can’t rely entirely on her aunty.

 

 

LUCY’S STORY

14years old Lucy is now in primary six at Lango Quran primary school in Lira district. She was born to the late Okello and Awor

At the moment Lucy is under the care of her uncle Ogwal who is a cobbler in Lira town.

“My uncle’s wife died so I am now the oldest at home, I take care of my 2 sisters and her 3 children too,” explained Lucy.

There are 6 children in this family with Lucy being the eldest and the youngest being her uncle 8 year old son Emmanuel.

“My uncle struggles a lot for the family and he has managed to give us food every day at home though the difficulty is now in managing our school as he hardly has money for school fees and our scholastic materials such and books and pens”, explained Lucy.

Lucy and her siblings are always up by 5:30am, they jointly clean the house and utensils after which they all go to school, Lucy‘s role at home is to ensure that food is ready when she gets back home after school.

 

It’s tiresome for me to do all these things and I don’t see them as mistreatment but it becomes very hard for me to read my books or concentrate while at home, at school and also so tired.

PLA has taken Lucy through some sessions of counseling and advice on how she, her uncle and her siblings can share responsibilities so that the entire burden is not upon her. The guardian has been positively helping though there is still need for more intervention for Lucy to excel in school.

Lucy’s dream is to become a nurse; she believes nurses have saved several people’s lives which she too wants to do.

Lucy remains grateful to PLA and the donors for the support that they have sent her, she continues to humbly seek assistance for her siblings too who spend most of their time at home.

CALL FOR MORE SUPPORT

 Many girls are still out forced to marry at an early age, forced to work beyond their means, because there is no one to support them into a better education, some of the girls continue to visit the office of Platform for Labour action to get into the program but Limited support is provided hence not all of them can benefit from it.

 

CONCLUSION

As the primary seven beneficiaries prepare for their primary seven examinations, there is need to plan for how they will continue to receive support in secondary school, the girls have worked hard to improve their performance so as to join secondary school.

PLA will continue to support the girls in providing them with physiological support, scholastic materials and school lunch. Monitoring visits to both the schools and homes will be carried out to analyze the progress of the girls in their performance at home and at school; this will ascertain what more support the girls will need.

More girls are going to be identified and introduced to the project with the support from Global Giving donors, they future can be bright.


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Oct 21, 2015

From Child domestic worker to Hair Dresser

                                                                                       

Nalunga is 18 years old, grew up with her mother and dropped out in school in her Olevel/secondary. Because her mother didn’t have money, she stayed home to look after her siblings as her mother would go to look for money so as to take care of her family. After doing the chores at home, she would join her peers who were not good friends but the only friends to turn to.

One day while at Agape church in Salaama-Munyonyo- Kampala during the prayers on Sunday, Pastor Vincent announced that there is an organization rescuing exploited children/those at risk of exploitation and enrolling them into Vocational school to acquire entrepreneurship skills. It’s from then that I contacted the taskforce member Madam Nampewo Agnes who was also an active member in the community.

She completed her 6 months Cosmetology course from Kyebando Vocational Training Center in 2014. She braids hair from her parents’ home and earns UGX 30,000 to 40,000 on a good day with a profit of UGX 10,000 to 18,000.Naluga uses her money to support her mother through paying for her rent fees, supports her sibling’s financial needs and also takes care of her basic needs. “She is happy to share that her mother no longer provides her with basic needs”.

Her future plan is to open up a salon out of her savings because she has the passion to braid hair. She will also employee staff to support her in hair relaxing because she is not good at it although she is will to learn and be an expert in in hair dressing. “She adds that her friends who attended a catering course earn more money than her because bakeries have higher demand and hence the hope to attend a course in catering as it has better chances of earning more money since it involves a lot of bakery things which involve starting with little Capital”.



 


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