My name is Racheal, 13 years old, I am in primary Six at Lira Modern Primary, School, I would want to thanks Platform for Labour Action for supporting me through paying my school fees. I used to sell Bananas in town, working in the Garden from morning to evening but now days PLA has talked to my Guardiance and I am Not doing heavy work like before.
I am now going to school every day since the school bursar is not sending me away from school even when PLA has not yet paid my tution, the school calls them and follows it up with the organisation. I used to eat once in a day, but now days I take maize meal at school and Lunch at school and if I go back home even if they do not give me food, I am still fine from the meals I had at school. My life has changed for the better and I am grateful to all the people who help us to go back to school
Though auntie Susan’s Children (my Guardian), used to abuse me, that I am a poor girl, they are now admiring to be me since their daddy Lost his Job and all of them are not studying, I am the only one n the family attending school. May God bless donors and PLA so much for them support my school and my dreams
By Samuel Odongo - Administrative Associate- Lira Office
My name is Rachael 11 year’s old girl in primary four at Erute Primary School. I would like to thank PLA so much for supporting me in my Education. I am now very happy that am at school.
Thank you for paying my school fees and Lunch at school. I am requesting PLA to start helping us even at home during holidays with food.
I am also requesting PLA to help us with scholastic materials since we are not able to get it
She has single parent that is her mother Judith (Affected with HIV/AIDS). Her father Obete died in 2015 with HIV/AIDS.
Rachael does operate in bananas and Avocado business in town. During weekend and holiday. She participates in this business to buy eatables, books and medicating herself.
Rachael is in the Family of 3 children, she is second born in the family. Her sister Flavia is the head of the family and she was also being sponsored by PLA
She said she is getting a lot of difficulties from her mother since she is using bad Languages on her like” I am dying soon am not going to waste my money on someone who is not going to help me, sometimes she goes for selling her bananas and she does not come back home for even one week”
She is too wild if she takes her drug when there is no food , she said that she do fear her mother a lot some times because a times she threaten them. Rachel’s mother is receiving counseling to enable her support the children and not to be depressed as she is the only parent the children have.
By Violet Nakitende - Programme Assistant -Social Protection
Natasha is a 16 year old girl who grew up with both her grandparents in Mbale after the death of her father. Natasha came to Kampala to work as domestic worker after she dropped out of school because the grandfather who used to pay her school fees had passed on. On reaching Kampala Natasha first worked in Ntinda a Kampala surburn for 3 months at an amount of 70,000shs per month however her employer always mistreated her so one of the neighbors got her a job at her brother’s place in Kisasi.
Natasha worked in Kisasi for 1 year and 2 months without payment, whenever she reminded her employer about her salary he always asked for some time therefore Natasha was advised by one of her neighbors to report the matter at the Chairperson’s place who also tried to engage the employer but he still made the same empty promises. The Chairperson then referred the matter to the nearest police post (Kikulu), the police officer had been trained by PLA about rights of domestic workers he tried to engage the employer but failed to pay then later referred the matter to PLA.
PLA withdrew the girl from child labour, engaged the employer who promised to pay the money by 20th /08/2018 however the employer has only paid 400,000shs, he promised to pay the rest of the money (600,000/=) after 2 months. It’s from the above note that thePLA has decided to resettle Natasha back to her village in Mbale (Busiwu) town, PLA lawyers will continue to engage the employer until when he finishes paying the entire amount of money he owns Natasha.
Natasha will agreed to use the money for a hair dressing course and she since got skills in hairdressing, upon resettlement the PLA attached her to an apprentice who is teaching Natasha skills in hairdressing to enable her make a living.