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Educate 200 War & HIV/AIDS-Orphaned Ugandan Girl

by Platform for Labour Action (PLA)
Educate 200 War & HIV/AIDS-Orphaned Ugandan Girl
Educate 200 War & HIV/AIDS-Orphaned Ugandan Girl
Educate 200 War & HIV/AIDS-Orphaned Ugandan Girl
Educate 200 War & HIV/AIDS-Orphaned Ugandan Girl
Educate 200 War & HIV/AIDS-Orphaned Ugandan Girl
Educate 200 War & HIV/AIDS-Orphaned Ugandan Girl
Educate 200 War & HIV/AIDS-Orphaned Ugandan Girl
Educate 200 War & HIV/AIDS-Orphaned Ugandan Girl
Educate 200 War & HIV/AIDS-Orphaned Ugandan Girl
Educate 200 War & HIV/AIDS-Orphaned Ugandan Girl
Educate 200 War & HIV/AIDS-Orphaned Ugandan Girl
Educate 200 War & HIV/AIDS-Orphaned Ugandan Girl
Educate 200 War & HIV/AIDS-Orphaned Ugandan Girl
Educate 200 War & HIV/AIDS-Orphaned Ugandan Girl
Educate 200 War & HIV/AIDS-Orphaned Ugandan Girl
Educate 200 War & HIV/AIDS-Orphaned Ugandan Girl

Isabella

My name is Isabella. I am 13 years’ old. I am waiting to sit for my primary Leaving Examination Board next week 4th November 2019.

I appreciate and I am  very happy with PLA for paying my school fees, which has enabled me to stay in school as well as sit  for my final Primary Level  leaving examination

I want to appreciate PLA by passing very well with Aggregate of not Less than 7 in this coming Primary Leaving Examination results. I am read and prepared for the examinations and I plan  to get Distinction one in mathematics, Distinction one in English, Distinction One in Social Studies and Distinction Two in Science.  I want to be a nurse when I grow up.

I appreciate PLA for providing me with a mathematical set and sanitary towels as I did  not have the same. I intended to borrow from my friends during examination. I was also from requesting teacher Vicky with Sanitary pad since am going to begin my period on Sunday as my Guardian told me that she does not have money to buy for me pads. It was the only thing, which was making me unstable at school ,but now I am very ok  and eagerly awaiting for examination.


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PROJECT TITLE: EDUCATE 100 WAR AND HIV/AIDS ORPHANED UGANDAN GIRLS 

PROJECT WEBSITE: http://www.GlobalGiving.org/projects/aids-education-uganda

LOCATION: LIRA DISTRICT NORTHERN UGANDA

REPORT PERIOD: QUARTERLY REPORT FOR THE MONTHS OF OCTOBER, NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER 2019

COMPILED BY ODONGO SAMUEL ADMINISTRATIVE ASSOCIATE LIRA FIELD OFFICE

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

Platform for Labour Action (PLA) through the GlobalGiving Donors is providing support for a better future to 23 girls currently leaving in Lira district 3 in primary five, 5 in primary six, 15 completed primary seven and all these children are girls. 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.

For the discussion shared with class teachers for these pupils, it shows that, these children are performing well and those who completed primary seven will all pass  

School monitoring visit were made , PLA staff went to schools for checking the well fare of these children, provide them with psychosocial support, checking on their performance though all the schools who were demanding for fees balance were not ok with the organization, however PLA staff promised to them that, school fees will be cleared if the organization raise some fund by the beginning of next year.

SCHOOL MONITORING VISITS

The PLA staff appreciated all schools which the organization has not completed clearing their due fees for this year; for not sending these children away from school. He said that it is also one way the school has contributed towards their passing examination through enabling them to attend all classes hence reduction on their vulnerability..

The PLA staff communicated that the organization is working very hard to see that fees balances are cleared and that the schools should not worry that the organization may default and fail to pay following the student’s completion of Primary Seven examinations, the last primary Level class in the country. Recommitments were made to the schools to enable them support the children complete their education.

 

The PLA staff had gone with scholastic materials and sanitary towels for the beneficiaries   which were given to their School Administrators to be given to them on Saturday as they will be coming to arrange their examination seats the Primary Seven Candidates who were to undertake Primary Leaving Examinations which are national level examination before the children can join secondary school/High School.

The schools which were visited are Sir Samuel Joe Nursery and Primary School, Ireda Primary School, Otim Tom Primary School, Omito Primary School, Erute Primary School, King James Primary School, Lira Model Primary School, Railways Primary School, Lira Army Primary School, Ojwina Primary School and Ober Primary School in Lira District, a total of 23 all females school beneficiaries were met, provided with psychosocial support and their teachers were also met and shared with on their performance.

He also requested all School Administrators to be kind to these children especially those whom their fees are not being paid, but he assured to them that school fees will be cleared.

 

Reaction of school Administrators towards distributing scholastic materials and sanitary towel to school beneficiary.

Ms. Grace,  Senior woman Teacher Omito Primary School

Mr. Grace a senior woman teacher Omito Primary School appreciated PLA so much for supporting her pupils given that the supplied materials were needed to make the girls comfortable during Examinations. She requested PLA to advice parents to start periodically giving pads to their children to curb down the drop outs during school times. She further noted that the guardians to these children should also provide necessary scholastic materials.

The Deputy Head teacher Otim Primary school Mr. Ocen appreciate PLA so much especially Administrative Associate for being kind to these children.

He said that PLA has distributed scholastic materials at a very right time when these children are beginning their primary leaving Examination due next week 04th November 2019.

He said that distributing scholastic materials to these children will encourage them as well as motivate them to pass  primary examination since they will be having working tools like mathematical sets . He noted Goreti will now be very happy.

 He emphasized the essence of providing sanitary towels which provide comfort to the girls as well as give them confidence to move in public without fear of ridicule. He prayed that God blesses PLA for her generosity.

The senior woman teacher Sir Samuel Joe said that it is Gods’ mercy that has made PLA to take scholastic materials and sanitary towel to their beneficiaries. She noted that, Isabella went to her in the morning requesting her for Pads claiming that she is likely to begin her period on Sunday yet she does not have money to buy pads. As she was looking for means to help Isabella , PLA delivered the same in addition to scholastic materials.

She thanked PLA so much for knowing what could affect girl child Education and addressing it.

The class teacher Mr. Okeng in the same school appreciated PLA so much for their support to these children. He said that providing his school pupils with Mathematical sets is a sure deal that his pupils will pass mathematics very well since they will not be borrowing mathematical set instruments like rulers, and rubbers during Examination.

He said that, he is sure that Isabella is going to get first grade since she has never gotten second grad in any internal and external examinations they have been testing with them. He said that Isabella got 5 aggregate in the pre- PLE they did last week and it was the last test given to them.

He said that, PLA should Just get ready to pay her secondary Education because she has already passed with good grade waiting for her result only to go for secondary Education.

Appreciation from Beneficiaries

Isabella

My name is Isabella, 13 years’ old. Am waiting to seat for my primary Leaving Examination Board next week 4th November 2019.

I am very happy with PLA for paying my school fees, which has enabled me stay in school as well as seat my final Primary Level of Education.

I want to appreciate PLA by passing very well with Aggregate of not Less than 7 in this coming Primary Leaving Examination results. I am ready for the examination papers and I am sure that I am going to get a distinction one in mathematics, Distinction one in English, Distinction One in Social Studies and Distinction Two in Science.  I want to be a nurse.

I appreciate PLA for providing me with a mathematical set and sanitary towels as I did not have the same. I intended to borrow from my friends during examination. I was also from requesting teacher Vicky with Sanitary pad since I am going to begin my period on Sunday as my Guardian told me that she does not have money to buy for me pads. It was the only thing, which was making me unstable at school but now I am very ok waiting for examination.

Challenges faced by children

  • Some guardians are over working these children during these holidays and they are not providing them with food. The children are developing ulcers due to taking long period without food.This being a long holiday the children were anticipating to suffer from hunger and heavy work load.

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Education is changing my Perspective. I feel I have chances now to succeed!  

My name is Alupu. I am 12 years old, currently in primary seven at Ireda Primary school. I would like to thank PLA so much for paying my school fees.  I am very happy and soon completing my primary level this year because of PLA`s support.

 

I aspire to become an English teacher. I was voted the best pupil from the Northern region for spelling Bee and I am waiting to Go to Kampala to represent Northern Uganda in the competition which will take place in October 2019. I am happy to report that I am  the only child at our family who reached the highest Level of Education, My Elder brother stopped in primary 3 and the rest did not go to school. We are four in numbers, 3 girls and one boy and I am the 2nd born in our home.

We grew up in a single parent home. My father died and left us with our mother

I want to be a teacher teaching English. I want to see people who pay our fees and if God allow, I wants them to come and I eat with them on the same table.

 

Thank you so much for your support. It has made me realise I can have a future different from my current life. Thank you PLA thank you GlobalGiving.


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Platform for Labour Action with support from GlobalGiving is implementing a project entitled “Educate 100 War and HIV/AIDS Orphaned Ugandan Girls”. PLA is implementing a GlobalGiving 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 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 for all children especially the female children through providing the children with education.

Platform for Labour Action (PLA) through the GlobalGiving Donors is providing support for a better future to 23 girls currently leaving in Lira district 3 in primary five, 5 in primary six, 15 in primary seven and all these children are girls. 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.

School fees Payment

This quarter a total of one million seven hundred ninety six thousand shillings (1,796.000/=), PLA managed to clear school fees for three schools in the North that. The schools are Sir Samuel Joe Nursary and Primary School, Ireda Primary School and Omito Primary School

For all the discussion shared with class teachers for these pupils, it shows that, these children are performing well and they need more support from the organization in order for them to perform better than the way they are performing. The support which is to be provided urgently are Sanitary Pads and scholastic materials, During school visits in the month of September 2019, Head teachers of the schools whom the organization had cleared their fees promised to hand over report cards which was detained by school bursars to these children within a shorter period.

School monitoring visit were made, PLA Lira field staff officers visited the schools to ensure welfare for the children, provide them with psychosocial support, checking on their performance though all the schools did not give Administrative Associate opportunities to meet with these children since they failed to clear school fees for the Las three terms. Below are therefore the activities carried out in the three months of July, August and September 2019.

Home Visits

 Three home monitoring visits were made to the home of Atoke during holidays. Atoke was visited because she was declining at school in her performance  and it was suspected that it had to do with her living conditions.

Guardian to Atoke, Ms. Ongom

Ms. Ongom appreciated PLA for supporting Atoke.  She reported  that it was not going to be easy to support Atoke`s education with GlobalGiving`s support. She further asserted that she is a poor widowand she took on Atoke  whom she found abandoned by her mother  in the rental house near her home when she was eight years old and its coming to four years now and the mother has never come come for her daughter so Ms. Ongom has now assumed guardianship of the girl.She said that she is able to look for what to eat through the little business she does by selling Banana at the roadside. She said that, even her children are not studying because she lacks money to pay their fees and she thanks God so much for supporting Otoke with school fees.

 

SCHOOL MONITORING VISITS AND THE MATTERS ARISING FROM THE VISITS

During the quarter twelve (12)  school monitoring visit were conducted, PLA staff visited all schools and they appreciated and commended the schools  for accommodating our children for many terms without  their  fees being cleared.

The schools which were visited included; Sir Samuel Joe Nursery and Primary School, Ireda Primary School, Otim Tom Primary School, Omito Primary School, Erute Primary School, King James Primary School, Lira Model Primary School, Railways Primary School, Lira Army Primary School, Ojwina Primary School and Ober Primary School in Lira District,

Twenty three (23)  female children were visited and they received counsel on a number of issues affecting them; They were  further provided with psychosocial support and their teachers were also interacted with .

 

They shared their challenges and devised ways in which PLA could help. The staff also requested all School Administrators to be kind to these children and reliant especially if school fees take long to be cleared by the organization. The staff informed the school administration that the vulnerable children need support from the whole community at large including the school itself and sending the children home for school fees well knowing that its not the children`s guardians  who pay the school fees could discourage these children from of studying.

 

A visit to one of the class teachers to two of our children  Mr. Okullu  at Sir Samuel Joe Nursery and Primary School.

Mr Okullu class teacher to Atim  who is currently in Primary six (p.6) and Atoke  who is currently in Primary seven (p.7)  at the above school.

He started by appreciating PLA for supporting venerable girls in the North. He reported that, Atim is a a well performing girl  in the class and that  she is amongst the best 10 in His subject (Mathematic)

He stated that she could perform more than she is doing, but she lacks scholastic materials andTextbook. He also said that if possible, organization as a parent of these children should provide them with scholastic materials and textbooks to improve on their performance. He said that the preferred textbooks to be given to these children should be MK textbooks.

He also requested organization to provide these children with sanitary pads, smearing oils, School uniforms and shoes every term, which can cover all months.

He also requested the organization through their representative Administrative Associate to take these children to secondary education after completion of their primary Level.


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My name is Omara, I am 27 years old having a home in Ireda and Anai in Lira District. I was picked in 2004 at Ireda Cmap by platform for Labour Action. I was taken to Erute primary school by Platform for Labour Action but I was not so bright in class and I stoped in primary four. In 2007, I was taken to Transworld Education centre by Platform for Labour Action, I did a short course on general electronic, and I finished my studies in general electronic in 2008. Currently, we joined our hand together with my friend Geoffrey and we opened company called WEBTECH COMPUTER CENTRE and we are dealing in computer repair, soft ware installation, and selling of second hand computers. I am now doing very well in computer works and even more than those who studies General electronic at University Level because some of them are doing their industrial training in our company. I am not like someone who originated from the camp because I am working on computers for different organizations am also requesting platform for Labour Action to start bringing their computers so that I start repairing for them at a low cost since they are my foundation. I have three children and a wife. I was able to construct a house for my family and my two children are schooling in a very good school in the district called BUBBLES KINDERGARTEN SCHOOL. I want to thank the donors and Platform for Labour Actio(PLA) so much for supporting my studies, without them I would have died on the street like some of my late friends.

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