Educate 200 War & HIV/AIDS-Orphaned Ugandan Girl

by Platform for Labour Action (PLA) Vetted since 2007 Site Visit Verified

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.

Platform for Labour Action with support from GlobalGiving is implementation a project entitled “Educate 100 War and HIV/AIDS Orphaned Ugandan Girls”. 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 better the future of female children through providing girl child education.

 

Platform for Labour Action through the GlobalGiving Donors is providing support to 73 girls with Education in Lira district 3 in primary three, 8 in primary four, 17 in primary five, 26 in primary six, 16 in primary seven and 3 in senior one. 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 and living materials including Toilet paper and mathematic sets and sanitary pads.

Through the home monitoring visits and school monitoring visits, PLA staff based at Lira field office monitor the schools where all these beneficiaries are studying. This is done through checking their conditions with their teachers during school time, their living conditions when at school and providing psychological support at school and during holidays at their homes.

In this quarter a number of activities were carried out that included payment of fees for term two, carrying out holiday’s event, counseling, school and home visits to the beneficiaries. Below are therefore the activities carried out in-depth in the three months of October, November and December 2017.

SCHOOL VISITS

There were a number of 73 school monitoring visits that were held in the quarter and monitoring were done three times  for each school; the visits were made to king James Secondary school, Lira primary school, Lira Army Primary school,  Erute Primary school, Sir Samuel Joe Primary School, Ireda Primary School,  Otim Tom primary school, Omito Primary School, V.H Public school, Lango Quran primary school, King James secondary school, Ireda Primary school, Lira primary school, , Adyel primary school, Railways primary school and Eliaoulet Primary School, King James primary school and Lira Modern primary school.

 

PLA Monitoring and Evaluation Officer based at Kampala secretariat also monitors the activities of the field office through visits to the schools to assess the beneficiaries’ conditions and monitor progress against the reported. The meetings and dialogues are held with the Head teachers of the schools where the children are placed, the teachers and the beneficiaries.

 

Head teacher King James comprehensive School Okello appreciated PLA so Much for the support PLA is giving to the needy children in the North.

 

He requested M and E and Administrative Associate to talk to the top management to improve on fees payment in time to help school also catch up with their term work Plan.

 

On discipline, he appreciated all the PLA beneficiaries that they are well disciplined and they like studies so much. He said that in their record at school, there is no any PLA beneficiary who was taken to displinary action in any indispline Action like escaping from school, dodging class, immoral behavior and other offense which conflict with the school rules and regulation.

 

He also requested PLA to increase number of beneficiaries in their schools since they have a lot of them at King James Comprehensive School and some of them do remain at school to work during holidays for school fees. Since the school cannot accommodate all of them to remain at school during holidays to work for fees.

 

M and E appreciated Head Teacher King James Comprehensive School so much to taking care of our children. He said that in case of any problem with their beneficiaries, the school should immediately inform the office for assistance since the office is ready to provide necessary assistant to these children.

The school monitoring visits are meant to keep in the know about the situation of the beneficiaries’ including their performance and behavior.

The school monitoring visits gives the organization the chance to meet the beneficiary’s teachers who spent most time with the girls.

 The school teachers also play big roles in shaping the beneficiaries behavior and in enabling the girls to attend school especially when they get to understand vulnerability the children are through PLA staffs who are dealing with these children.

During the school visits the beneficiaries are also monitored to see if they are attending school daily as per their class teachers reports which some times report non attendances of some children. This helps the organization to follow up on these beneficiaries and ensure that they get back to school by reaching their home and hear from the guardians of the beneficiaries  reasons as to  why the girls are  not going to school in time. It also helps organization to share with beneficiaries the challenges they facing from both schools and their home. These help organization to provide psychological support to girls. School monitoring visit also help organization to know beneficiaries are properly using their scholastic materials as this is given to them once in a year.

During school monitoring visits, head teachers and senior woman teachers repeated their request to the organization to make these girls to start sleeping at school or in boarding to enable them to concentrate well in class. The reason is being that these children missed night lesson and early morning lesson which is the major result of their poor performance especially those who are in primary four, primary five, primary six and primary seven.

 

They also said that during their counseling, session, they also found out that these children are over worked after school and also in the morning before they leave for school from the various places where they stays.

 

Most of the senior woman teachers said that they are getting a lot of complain from these girls on sexual abuse from different people who claims that they will improve their lives when they married them. their neighbors as well as even sons of their guardians who demand for sex from them seriously and gives them a lot of difficulties.

They advise these children to report such guardians to their senior women teachers, police, and local council one of their areas and to the office of Platform Foe Labour Action. Though these children fears to report their guardians with fear that their guardians will end up sending them away from their home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Counseling sessions and Distribution of sanitary Pads

PLA Administrative Associate, Communication Volunteer and Internee were able to make a visit to PLA beneficiaries at their schools. They were able to distribute Pads and provide counselling to these children

 

All the girls were able to get counseling from the PLA staff this quarter as we were able to meet these children at school during school monitoring visits. There are number of 73 girls were counseled.

 

CHALLENGES FACED BY CHILDREN

  • School beneficiaries are being forced by their guardians to get to  early marriage and they are facing a lot of abuse from the children of their guardians
  • Most of our beneficiaries are not in the boarding section and yet there are night lessons at school and their friends some time tend not to give them notes they attend in their absence this is also leading to their bad performance
  • Children say their guardians neglect them and do not offer proper parental care to them.
  •  The Children lack self-confidence when they are among other pupils at school which affects their performance and self-expression when in class this is due to insult and mistreatment from their guardians.

 

ACTION TAKEN BY PLA

  • Children are taken through counseling to strengthen their mind abilities and build resilience. This helps in building self-confidence.
  • Guardians who were participating in early marriage of these children were cautioned and the law was used to set precedence and deter future occurrences.
  • Regular visits to the schools are being made by the PLA staff at the Lira office to monitor the progress and performance of the children. Here the children are encouraged to work hard at school.
  • The Girl beneficiaries are provided with sanitary pads to encourage them to stay in school and to give them decency.

 

 

CONCLUSION

In conclusion the progress report shows that most of them passed to the next class compare to Last year performance it means that, there is high improvement on the performance, life of our school beneficiaries since PLA staff are working closely with the teachers and also involve parents in the children`s lives.

Recommendation

Requesting Donor to support  the beneficiaries who wish to Join Vocational schools and most of the children would like to join vocational schools and do courses like Tailoring, Electrical installation, Motor Vehicle Technician, Hair dressing and Needle works.

 


Attachments:

Akello`s story.

I am 12 years old, in primary five at Ober Primary School. I would like to thank PLA so much for supporting me in my education.

I also wants to thank PLA so much for rescuing me from bad hearted guardian and Local council one and his team who wanted me to get married at early age. It’s still forgetful day in my life when my guardian accepted bride wealth from Ogwal and I was only to go and start my home as a housewife. I thank God when I went to PLA for rescue and I was assisted immediately by arresting all these people who wanted me to get married.

From that day to date, I am very ok and I have hope of finishing my education since I have people who are behind my future

Alum`s story

Alum is a total orphan and she is staying in a child headed family where her elder sister who herself is still a childis the one leading the family. They lose their father in 2014 as their mother died first. They are staying in one of the house their father left them in. Alum a only eat at school and the sister is working in one of the hotel at Te Obaya as plate washer. She goes with food remain from the hotel to share with Her younger sister at home. Brenda said they suffer a lot when her elder sister is sick because she will not be going for work and they end up sleeping without eating.

Her appreciation

I would like to thank platform for labour action so much. Now days I use to eat at school and stay at school without being sent a way for fees. Now days I do not sleep famine since I do eat lunch at school. Thank you so much for taking me to school.

Am requesting PLA to take my sister also to school

Thank you so much

Thank you so much for checking me at home during holiday


Attachments:

Platform for Labour Action with support from GlobalGiving is implementation a project entitled “Educate 100 War and HIV/AIDS Orphaned Ugandan Girls”. This project was started as a response to the 21-year-old LRA war that left so many children orphaned and destitute. There was 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 education.

 

Platform for Labour Action with support from the GlobalGiving partners is providing support to 73 girls in Lira district 3 children in primary three including  8 girls in primary four, 17 children in primary five, 26 children in primary six, 16 children in primary seven and 3 children in senior one. The project provides support to war and HIV/AIDS orphaned girls and those girls living with HIV/AIDS positive status with school fees, counseling and 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 monitors the homes where all these beneficiaries are staying. This is done through checking their conditions with their guardians during holidays, their living condition during holidays and providing psychological support during holidays.

In this quarter a number of activities were carried out that included; payment of fees for term two, carrying out holidays event, counseling, school and home visits to the beneficiaries. Below are, therefore the activities carried out in-depth in the three months of July, August and September.

SCHOOL VISITS

There were a number of 73 school monitoring visits that were held in the quarter; the visits were made to king James Secondary school, Lira primary school, Lira Army Primary school,  Erute Primary school, Sir Samuel Joe Primary School, Ireda Primary School,  Otim Tom primary school, Omito Primary School, V.H Public school, Lango Quran primary school, King James secondary school, Ireda Primary school, Lira primary school, , Adyel primary school, Railways primary school and Eliaoulet Primary School, King James primary school and. Lira Modern primary school

 

The school monitoring visits are meant to check on the beneficiaries’ performance in 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.

During the school visits the beneficiaries are also monitored to assess their school attendance. Previously teachers had reported non school attendance of some staff. This helps the organization to follow up on these beneficiaries and ensure that they get back to school by reaching their home and share with their guardians the importance of school and why their children should be left to attend school.It  It further enables the organization to understand the challenges the children face and to identify which support is needed by the children. School monitoring visit also help organization to know beneficiaries are properly using their scholastic materials as this is given to them once in a year and about their performance in class..

During school monitoring visits, head teachers and senior woman teachers advised the organization to try and put these children in Boarding facilities to enable them have morning and evening studies to facilitate their passing. Its also to help the children escape child labour which happens in many of their homes.It is also to protect them from sexual harassment from the neighbor while the children are walking to school. The children ere encourage top report cases of abuse and to were advised on how to avoid sexual harassment and where to report such incidences to avoid abuse.

 

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Location: Kampala, Uganda - Uganda
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