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Oct 12, 2018

Single young mother returns to school

Gloria at Mbarara Institute of Social Development
Gloria at Mbarara Institute of Social Development

This month we bring Gloria (20), a young mother of 1 child and a student at Mbarara Institute of Social Development Kasese, living a single life with her parents.

Gloria dropped out of school at the age of 17years when she had sat for her Senior 4 exams. She says,

"Just like any other girl in a candidate class, I was excited to finish my exams.  From peer influence and lack of knowledge about sexual reproductive health, I was convinced by friends that at S4 it was not proper for any candidate to finish without saying ‘a good farewell’ to the school since there is always likelihood of change of school at that level.  I was completely taken in by my friends’ pressure and we started escaping from school with boys, going to bars and night clubs as a way of celebrating our school life and saying bye-bye to each other.  

"I ended up engaging in unprotected sex with a boy under the influence of alcohol.  It resulted into pregnancy and when I came home from school after exams and told my parents, they immediately chased me from home to go and stay with the boy who was also struggling in S4 vacation.  This left me with no choice other than to run to my aunt’s home where I stayed till last year with my child.  It was a life of no hope for me and my child at my aunt’s place, who is a low paid primary school teacher. 

"One day I was mobilized, with other girls, to be trained and given knowledge and skills by Act4Africa under the adolescent young mothers program.  It changed my life completely, after learning that there is hope and life for young mothers, even when stigmatised by the community.  Through counselling from Act4Africa, I gained my own esteem and became assertive in many of my life decisions. 

"I called my parents after one of the trainings, asking for forgiveness and requesting them to accept me back home and take me back to school again. It surprised my parents when I mentioned joining school again.  My father made a visit to me and, after some time, brought me back home with my child.  After returning home, I continued to convince my parents that I was a changed girl with good behaviours.  I was always supportive in domestic work at home, and with time my parents accepted my request of joining school. 

"In August 2018, I joined Mbarara Institute of Social Development, Kasese, pursuing a certificate in Library and Information Science. I am now an empowered, happy, single young mother and the advocate of young women’s rights in my school and village.  I am member of an Act4Africa young mothers saving group and never miss community social trainings or workshops at school for sexual reproductive health education."

Gloria gives a big thanks to Act4Africa and GlobalGiving partners for remembering neglected young mothers and bringing hope to them. Her wish is to finish her school and upgrade up to a degree level and here she requested for continued support by Act4Africa with health knowledge and if possible she requests for financial assistance to have her education dream fulfilled.

Donate to our Brighter Futures for 65,000 girls project today, by clicking the GIVE NOW button below, and support Gloria and other girls like her.

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Oct 9, 2018

Head Teachers Report

Grace encourges children to be creative with paint
Grace encourges children to be creative with paint

We are so proud of what we have achieved at Kathy’s Kindergarten in such a short time.  So far we have welcomed 26 children from the local Mayuge community to begin their education and we are grateful to their parents for trusting us with this most important job.  In just two terms, we have established a truly unique environment in which the children can play, learn and develop.  Each child is supported and valued; we respect differences, encouraging and enabling each child to reach their full potential in a welcoming, happy environment. 

One of our class teachers, Grace, says,

“We, the staff of Kathy’s Kindergarten, are so committed and ready to offer the best services possible to our dear children. We are ready to teach these children and bring out the best in them. We are grateful for the training we have received and are keen to learn more.”

A parent of one of the children recently reported,

“I am so pleased and happy for the great job the teachers at Kathy’s Kindergarten are doing. I appreciate the services that the school is giving to my child, she is making such good progress. The school has very dedicated and lovely staff which makes the school outstanding.”

Another adds,

“The children are taught extremely well. Teachers take good care of the children and make school seem like a home away from home, to the extent that children don’t want to miss school even when they are sick. The staff show great concern for our children and follow up if they ever miss a day, to find out why they missed.”

Act4Africa General Manager, Patrick adds,

“It was my pleasure to meet Kathy Smedley, our co-founder, on several occasions, before she passed away. The kindergarten was her brainchild. It was Kathy’s dream to give the children of Uganda the best possible start in life.  An early years teacher herself, Kathy was passionate about quality early years education and the difference this can make to a child’s future.  Kathy’s Kindergarten takes an inspirational approach to developing Uganda’s young minds, and we are proud to do this in Kathy’s name.”

We hope that through your donations we will be able offer the gift of education to 20 vulnerable and disadvantaged children.  Thank you for your support.

A regular donation of £25 will cover the costs of one deserving child attendance at Kathy's Kindergarten.  Please donate today. 

Enjoying playdough made from local ingredients
Enjoying playdough made from local ingredients
Taking turns & problem-solving with a sand pulley
Taking turns & problem-solving with a sand pulley

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Aug 6, 2018

Kathy's Centre

Kathy Smedley
Kathy Smedley

Act4Africa’s latest Global Giving project, Give hope and education to 20 Ugandan children, looks to a brighter future for Africa’s poor. The project is based at Kathy’s Centre, and in this first project report, I’d like to take a moment to look back and tell you a little of the history of Kathy’s Centre. 

Built on a 3-acre plot, close to Mayuge Town, South Eastern Uganda, Kathy’s Centre provides vital health and support services, pre-school education, a youth club and agricultural, enterprise and financial literacy training to one of Africa’s poorest communities. 

Kathy’s Centre was built in memory of my late wife and co-founder of Act4Africa.  It draws together all the issues that meant most to Kathy under one roof, but at the heart of the centre are the children that mattered most to Kathy.  An early years teacher herself, Kathy knew the importance of giving children the best start in life.

Kathy had a heart of gold and tremendous warmth for the people of Africa. Her life was devoted to the cause of others, and it was her dream to bring first class early education to the children of Uganda. Through Kathy’s Centre we are immensely proud that her legacy lives on. 

Thanks to individual donations to Kathy’s Fund we were proud to open Kathy’s Centre in September 2017.  The centre was warmly welcomed by the community and is much valued and used daily by the women and children of Mayuge. 

By setting up a monthly donation of £25 you will give a deserving child, marginalised by poverty, inequality and stigma, an education and hope of a brighter future. 

It was Kathy’s dream, you can make it a reality.  PLEASE DONATE TODAY. 

Kathy's Centre
Kathy's Centre

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