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Nov 5, 2018

Quarterly Report July- September

Platform for Labour Action with support from Global Giving is implementing a project entitled “Educate 100 War and HIV/AIDS Orphaned Ugandan Girls”. PLA is implementing a global giving program entitled Educate 100 War and HIV/AIDS Orphaned Ugandan Girls whose overall goal is to empower female children through education in Lango Sub region. This project was started as a response to the 21-year-old LRA war that left many children orphaned and destitute. There is a pressing need for rehabilitation and empowerment of female children through education. Lira district is no longer affected by war and the communities are in rehabilitation where there is need to ensure that the children are rehabilitated and have access to education.

Platform for Labour Action through the Global Giving Donors is providing support for to 54 girls currently living in Lira district including; three children (3) in primary four, eight children (8) in primary five, seventeen children (17) in primary five, twenty six ( 26) in primary seven. The project provides support to war and HIV/AIDS orphaned girls and those girls living with HIV/AIDS with school fees, Lunch fees, counseling, scholastic materials such as books, pens, pencils, rulers, rubbers and school uniform, Toilet paper and mathematic sets and sanitary pads.

Through the home monitoring visit and school monitoring visit, PLA staff monitor the schools where all these beneficiaries are studying. This is done through checking their conditions with their teachers during school, their living condition when at school and providing psychological support at school and during holidays.

In this quarter a number of activities were carried out that included, taking children to schools, payment of fees for term two, counseling, school and home visits to the beneficiaries. Below are therefore the activities carried out in the three months of July, August and September, 2018.

Fees Payment

Last QuarterWe were able to pay school fees for all beneficiaries in different schools where they are studying

SCHOOL VISITS

The school monitoring visits are meant to check on the beneficiaries’ performance class and to see their behaviors at school.

The school monitoring visits gives the organization the chance to meet the beneficiary’s teachers since in most cases they are the ones that see the girls while they are at school and have one or two things to mention about their performances.

The school teachers also play big roles in shaping the beneficiaries better future especially when they get to know how vulnerable the children are through PLA staffs who are dealing with these children.

7 schools monitoring visits were carried out, the school visits were made in King James Primary School, Ireda Primary School, Otim Tom Primary School, Omito Primary School, Erute Primary School, and Sir Samuel Joe Primary School.

 

There is however great improvement generally on the living conditions of the children being supported. The children now have great hope for living. Some of the guardians living with HIV/AIDS have greatly improved health wise and stress has greatly reduced and their children are living normal lives like other children with both parents.

The Lira community has also continued to recognize the support given to the orphans and they are appreciating the help from Platform for Labour Action.

Good news

Out of 16 beneficiaries who sat for Primary Leaving Examination Board in 2017, 13 of them got free education from the various schools Like Akullo Patricia was being Admitted in MT St Mary Namagunga Lugazi because of her good performance in her primary examination and she is also a very good foot baller, 10 of them were being admitted at premier comprehensive school Lira for their good talent in girls foot ball and they are only paying scholastic materials costing them 60,000= per term, two girls were being given scholarship at The Vision High School. All these happened due to the lobby from the PLA staff with schools and District Officers to support these children.

CHALLENGES FACED BY CHILDREN

  • Most of the children are being engaged to child domestic labour during holidays to look for survival especially during holidays. They work for people but later they do not get payment
  • They are being given Heavy work during weekend, early in the morning and evening After class
  • Some guardians are over working these children and they are reporting to school very late in the morning, hence making them not to perform well in class since they reach class when they are tired and not psychologically stable.

ACTION TAKEN BY PLA

  • Local Leaders are being Advised on how the project runs and how the organization is raising money to pay this children.
  • These girls are being provided with psychosocial support and they are advised to report any abuse to the elders, police or any Local Leaders around
  • Children are taken through counseling to strengthen them psychologically in attaining self-confidence.
  • Guardian who were not supporting the children and are mistreating them , pushing the into early marriage, are being counseled and educated on how to deal with this children and child right and protection
  • Regular visits to the schools are being made by the PLA staff to check on the progress and performance of the children.
Aug 20, 2018

Rosette`s case story

Rosette`s case story

Rosette is 13 year old who was brought to work as a domestic worker in February 2017 in Kireka - Wakiso District. Following the separation of Rosette’s parents, she was left in the care of her paternal Aunt at a very tender age of 7 years. The Aunt using the merger resources struggled and educated Rosette until completion of her primary education. Rosette’s Aunty could no longer support her at secondly level. With no hope of any other good Samaritan to come her recue but with only a zeal to further her education, Rosette offered to work for her Paternal Uncle as a domestic worker. In February 2017, Rosette was brought her Uncle to Kireka a suburb in Wakiso district to work as a domestic worker at an agreed monthly salary of Ugx. 50,000/= (Uganda Shillings; Fifty Thousand only).

Rosette’s Aunt agreed with the Uncle to keep all the salary until December 2017 to use to enroll her in the Universal Secondary School. On reaching in Kampala, Rosette was mistreated at the hands of her Uncle who was also the employer. She succumbed to constant beating and verbal abuses as denial of food.

On one fateful day of 15th November 2017, Rosette was beaten on allegations of intentionally breaking a flask. Rosette disappeared from home and she was found wondering in Kirinya area near Kireka by a good Samaritan who took her to the Kirinya police station. PLA was called by the Child and Family Protection Officer to represent Rosette who employer/ Uncle was uncooperative. PLA lawyers intervened in the matter by convening mediation with the employer and as a result Ugx. 602,000/= was recovered for and on behalf of Rosette as her outstanding wages for the time she had worked. In addition the employer/ Uncle paid compensation of Ugx. 200,000/= for assaulting Rosette and Repatriation fee of Ugx. 70,000/= back to Bushenyi district in Nyabiri village in Rwentura sub county. PLA worked with the Aunt to enroll Rosette for a tailoring course using part of the recovered money and the remaining money she bought a second hand tailoring machine.

Aug 9, 2018

Quarterly Report April- June

Platform for Labour Action with support from Global Giving is implementing a project entitled “Educate 100 War and HIV/AIDS Orphaned Ugandan Girls”. PLA is implementing a global giving program entitled Educate 100 War and HIV/AIDS Orphaned Ugandan Girls whose overall goal is to empower female children through education in Lango Sub region. This project was started as a response to the 21-year-old LRA war that left so many children orphaned and destitute. There is a pressing need for rehabilitation and empowerment of female children through education. Lira district is no longer affected by war and the communities are in rehabilitation where there is need to better the future of female children through providing girl child education. Platform for Labour Action (PLA) through the Global Giving Donors is providing support for a better future to 54 girls currently leaving in Lira district 3 in primary four, 8 in primary five, 17 in primary five, 26 in primary seven. The project provides support to war and HIV/AIDS orphaned girls and those girls living with HIV/AIDS positive status with school fees, Lunch fees, counseling, scholastic materials such as books, pens, pencils, rulers, rubbers and school uniform, Toilet paper and mathematic sets and sanitary pads. Through the home monitoring visit and school monitoring visit, PLA Lira field office staff monitor the schools and homes where all these beneficiaries are studying and are living. This is done through checking their conditions with their teachers during school, their living condition when at school and providing psychological support at school and during holidays. In this quarter a number of activities were carried out that included payment of fees for term two, counseling, school and home visits to the beneficiaries. Below are therefore the activities carried out in the three months of April, May and June, 2018. SCHOOL VISITS The school monitoring visits are meant to check on the beneficiaries’ performance class and to see their conditions including behavior at school. The school monitoring visits gives the organization the chance to meet the beneficiary’s teachers since in most cases they are the ones that see the girls while they are at school and can share about their wellbeing and their performances. The school teachers also play big roles in shaping the beneficiaries future especially when they get to know how vulnerable the children are through PLA staff who are dealing with these children. Five schools monitoring visits were carried out, the visits were made in Eliaoulet Primary School, Lira Army Primary School, Ireda Primary School, Sir Samuel Joe Primary School and Otim Tom Primary School There is a great improvement generally in the living conditions of the children being supported. The children now have great hope for living. Some of the guardians living with HIV/AIDS have greatly improved health wise and stress has greatly reduced and their children are living normal lives like other children with both parents. The Lira community has also continued to recognize the support given to the orphans and they are appreciating the help from the donors and Platform for Labour Action as an organization representing the donors in the district. The PLA staff interact with the Head teachers of the schools where the children are getting their education from to ensure that the teachers understand the children`s needs and also support them while in school to complete their education and to overcome their vulnerability. Speech from Head Teacher Eliaoulet Primary School My name is Omonya, Head Teacher Eliaoulet Primary School, `I am very happy with what PLA is doing to transform our communities through Educating Vulnerable and marginalized young girls. ` He reported `I would want to recommend your organization to keep on rescuing these young girls from serious abuse from their guardians. I am surprised to see an organization Like PLA supporting children for all these time. It has not been easy with other organizations. They comes and disappear and leave a lot of debts not paid in the school but on behalf of Management committees and staffs of this school, I want to appreciate PLA so much because in the record I got in this school when I was not here, they do not have any debts with school as well.` I would like also to thank plat form for Labour Action for rescuring Monica who is HIV Positive and her guardian put poison in her food so that she dies because she my infect their children. With the support of school fees, counseling and food staffs PLA is providing with this child, has changed Monica’s life and Monica is now having promising words of being a doctor yet she had no hope in her life. When PLA came up, helping this girl by the school became so easy and they sat down with the school management committees and they agreed for this girl to start sleeping in school though PLA does not pay boarding fees and during holidays, this girl is remaining with deputy headmistress at school since her life was at a risk from her guardians. On discipline, I would want to appreciate PLA beneficiaries so much, they really have unique character they are very disciplined and I am giving my respect to PLA for mentoring these children to be a very good children. Speech from Deputy Head-teacher Mr. Omara from Otim Tom Primary School I want to thanks PLA and all their staffs in Lira for the concern they are putting to the girl child education, it’s not easy to get this king of organization, in my school here, its now my twelve years in this school, I started presenting 56 girls in primary seven in 2015 when Platform for labour action started sponshering children in this school. By the time PLA staffs started counseling their children any general children in classes, all the girls started having more morals in education and from 05 girls in primary seven to 56 and above in primary seven, before, we use to register those who got pregnant after completion of their primary six but now we are registering those reporting because they are stopping them from going to school, wanting to defile them which is a very right intelligent PLA has taught with our children and the rate of school drop out by our girls are reducing rapidly. I really thank, platform so much for this initiative. I also wants to thank platform for supporting vulnerable children in this school, though you are supporting few numbers, but they are very many here, I really thanks you so much for the great work done, the children you are supporting are total vulnerable but their life style has changed, I best thing you people did is by paying their Lunch in school, it has been very difficult for these children to get what to eat since their guardians at times deny them with the access to eat I also want to tell you that, for the Last three years, the children platform for Labour Action are helping have been performing very well both in class and games and sport. Though none of them I was having hope in the before PLA started paying them, they were the worst performer but now days they are leading According to my survey, I found out that, the reason why they were not performing well is that b fore PLA picked them, they were not attending class all the time due to Lack of fees, they were not having any one to counsel them on their difficult situation at their respective homes, they were not having acces to proper feeding and all these contributed a lot towards their failure before PLA started supporting them and their good performance now is that P LA is providing all these necessities to them.

 
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