Educate 200 War & HIV/AIDS-Orphaned Ugandan Girl

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

“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”.

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.

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.

 


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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

 

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Location: Kampala, Uganda - Uganda
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