Even Ground

Even Ground strives to help families and communities break the cycles of poverty and inequality by providing support to community-based programs that offer high-quality education and care to young people in Africa. We envision communities where all young people, regardless of their economic background, are given high-quality education and care to ensure a fair start in life and set them on the path towards a brighter future. UNAIDS estimates that to date, a staggering 14 million children have been orphaned by AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa. South Africa has the largest number of people living with HIV in the world and by 2025, it is estimated that 40% of South African adults will have died of t...
Jun 13, 2016

Performing for the First Time

Hand made props!
Hand made props!

Thank you for your support of our Primary Education programmes! This recent term was a big one for our kids in developing their public speaking skills. 

In March, the gade 6 & 7 group completed a community maps project that they presented to their peers. As you can see from a photo below,  most learners were very shy and did not want to face the audience or covered their mouths when speaking. 

In May those same students performed a play on the book "The First Slodge". They read the First Slodge to learn about the concept of entitlement. 

To prepare for the performance of the play, the facilitors played games and exercises to improve the children's presentation skills and confidence in speaking in front of others. After weeks of these exercises and many hours of practicing, the play was performed for an audience of grades R, 1, 2 and 3 children and some of the other Thanda staff. The presentation skills and confidence of the grade 6 & 7s showed a marked improvement as you can see from the photos. 

The group also utilized their art skills and our art centre to create all the props for the show themselves! 

Thanks to your support, our learners are gaining more and more self confidence each day. This confidence will enable them to make healthy decisions in their lives and improve their school work. They are seeing all that they are cabale of. 

Thank you again - we couldn't be doing this without you! 

Love, 


Thanda

Ready for show time!
Ready for show time!
Before all the practice- what an improvement!
Before all the practice- what an improvement!
Apr 4, 2016

Planning & Training for New Centre Underway

Story Time! (and ready for a bigger room!)
Story Time! (and ready for a bigger room!)

Our first full year of our Early Childhood Development programme is underway and we have expanded to 20 kids this year, with hopes of adding another 40 once the new building is complete. 

The ECD teacher, Nokuthula, has recently been completing more training to develop her skills as an ECD educator and we have hired another teacher to support her as well.

The kids enjoy dancing, singing and playing as they learn. In term 1 they have been learning about staying safe from strangers and the numbers and letters. 

We have been busy with developing plans for our new ECD centre - deciding on layout, look and feel of the space. Thanks to your contributions we have been able to purchase great new games, posters and puzzles to make it truly an engaging and fun learning space for these children. 

A few children from the ECD programme last year have moved into the Grade R group this year and are fitting in well with the rest of their peers having had that extra learning time last year. 

Thank you for your generous support of our Early Childhood Development Programme! 

Thank you!
Thank you!
Mar 29, 2016

Congratulations to the Graduate!

Justine at graduation with her mother
Justine at graduation with her mother

The Uganda Education Project team, in collaboration with our local partner and our parent organization Even Ground, is thrilled to share another great achievement from one of our students! Thank you to each of you, our dedicated sponsors who make our work possible.

Recently, Justine graduated with a Bachelor of Microfinance degree from Kyambogo University.  See attached photos which were taken on the graduation day. Justine is currently searching for a job; we will be sure to keep you all posted on her next steps. Justine has been one of our scholars for many years, including primary, secondary and university study. We are thrilled for her accomplishments to date and know she has a bright future ahead of her.

As we seek to expand our support for our scholars, we have a plan to provide start up capital to support students who graduated from vocational training institutes, but have not yet been employed. This in our view will help them to become job creators as opposed to being job seekers.

On behalf of our scholars, thank you for your continued support!

 
   

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