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Aug 6, 2018

Akello's story

“I am 13 years old, in primary six at Lira Model Primary School.

I would like to thank PLA so much for supporting me in my education.

I also want to thank PLA so much for making me reach Apac District and Soroti through games and sports, I was the best athlete in the district and in the whole of Uganda I was number two in 5000 metres race. Without PLA, I was not going to show all this talent. And I want to be the best in foot ball this term since last competition, against King James, I scored 4 goals alone and I was given a free ball after the game, at this time though Platform for Labour Action is not paying Boarding fees, I am sleeping in boarding school section on a bursary because of being a very good sports girl, I want you to know that Platform for Labour Action will not Pay my fees when I reach secondary school level of my studies because I will study for free. King James S.S, Saviors S.S want to take me to study in their school for free after primary  seven and Saviors’ has already written letter to school already to allow me start doing sports training with their students in both Athletes and football. I was given a new mattress by the Director of Savior S.S. Please thank the donors very much and Platform for Labour Action (PLA) because without you people, I was not going to get a place to show my talents. Mostly, I want to thank PLA staff so much for the encouraging words they have been giving me. I want Just to encourage my friends to also strive to work hard at school and Identify what they are good at”.

May 14, 2018

Atino's story

During school monitoring visits at Lira Model Primary school, on the 18th March 2018, we found that Atino a 15 years old in primary five was not at school, she only report on the first week of the term and she never reported back to school. The class teacher reported that she had problem at home because the all of that week she has been crying but when she took her to senior woman teacher, she never revealed anything but she end up disappearing from school

Atino has four younger siblings Omara, Oyena , Okomo and Titi and she is the one heading the family

She lost her father the late Ogwang in 2014 and her mother the late Amongi in 2016.

When we followed up Atino, we found that she was taking care of her sister Titi at the hospital where her mother had died from. The young girl was born with HIV/AIDS and was admitted at Malnutrition Department. When Atino`s Father Died, A man called Ogwal inherited Amongi (mother to Atino who fathered Titi, but the father to Titi had not taken responsibility and had not provided any assistant to them father or even just Titi his child.

Atino requested the organization (PLA) to help her take care of her sister since she has no one who is helping her at the hospital and since she came in the hospital, even the father to Titi has not visited them and she is getting help from the well-wisher from the hospital especially when there is needs for drugs and that drugs are not at the hospital, she is not buying it since she has no money. She was also worrying how her siblings are at home since she is the one taking care of them.

With the help of PLA Lawyer, he reported to the police and the police recorded the statement REF NO 09/22/03/2018 and he went with two police officer. Officer in charge child and family protection unit at Lira central Police, One police man and two hospital Nurses who was working on Titi Elizabeth. We found father resting and he welcomed us very well and when we told him the situation of his child he said that he does not have any child of that name we have first go and as Atino well. By then the police officers were still hiding in the car. When the police officer came out of the car he started running away from us but fortunately with the help of PLA and Police officer, he was arrested and brought to Police.

At the police, he accepted the child and he promised provide all the necessities needed for the child and that he will   get someone to take care of the child at both home and the Hospital so that Atino goes back to school.

May 14, 2018

Nagayi`s life change


She is an 18 year old orphan who used to work as a domestic worker after dropping out of school due to lack of school fees. I used to wash utensils, clothings, take care of children and only paid 30,000/= per month which could not cater for my basic needs nor take me back to school. Life was not easy since I was out of school and had lost my parents. I lost my parents at a tender age before I completed my 0-level and. I started staying home and working a Domestic worker not until my auntie decided to employ me in her Restaurant in Nsambya.

However I lacked proper skills especially in making confectionary and when an opportunity came for me to join Kyebando Vocational Institution under PLAs sponsorship I had to take it up immediately. The love for catering prompted me to Join KVTC hence offered catering. My class teacher would sometimes assign task to me whereby I could train my fellow classmates. I could also earn some money like 30,000/= from backing cakes for my class mates during their birthday and graduation parties. Immediately after graduation the demand for cakes in the neighborhood was high hence started making cakes and selling them? However this came to a standstill since I lacked an oven and I only had one charcoal stove which sometimes could burn the cakes. I had to stop although I do it on a small scale when an order comes along. I got a job in a decent restaurant in Natete a Kampala suburb where I cook and also act as a waitress.

I earn 25,000/= per week with Lunch and super. We are now empowered and able to earn a living from our skills. I make sure I save atleast 10,000/= per week and have plans of buying an oven and starting my own confectionary.

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