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

My name is Farida 20 years old.

PLA started supporting me in 2010 when I was in primary four (p.4). I was in a very sorry state with my Siblings only since I lost my Parents when I was still 3 years old.

I came to know about PLA through my former Late Local council one of ObutuWelo Village. We went to her home for assistant for food and she took us with my siblings to PLA office.

We were given warm welcome at PLA office, however the lady we found in office told us that the organization can only support one of us only which is me Farida after the Late Etuu the Local council one chairperson explained our status to her.

I was taken back to school at Lira Primary School where I completed my Primary Seven and I joined Lira Town College up to senior three where PLA stopped paying my school fees.

In third term, I got a bursary for being amongst the best Girl Guide in scouting competition at Aturi camping side which has made me not to worry about PLA stopping to pay my Tuition.

I study on bursary till I completed senior four. When the result came back, I found that I passed but I was just willing to join Military since I had no one to pay my tuition either in a tertiary institution or ‘A’ level however Head teacher Lira Town college called me Back for my ‘A’ Level on Bursary scheme at the same time, Director Bright Light College also wanted me to go to his school as a trainer for his girl guide scout as well as I will be studying on Bursary.

I chose to go to Bright Light College and this is where I completed my senior six Last year 2019, however I was waiting for the UPDF recruit to join forces but COVID-19 came up and no any recruit was carried on since I had no option for education.

It was in March 24th 2020 when I came to look for food at the RDC Lira office since they were distributing food and I had nothing to eat at home, I found Samuel (PLA) staff also getting food for PLA beneficiaries and I was also put amongst the beneficiaries to benefit and we were given food.

On the same date, I found an advert at the regional security organization requesting applicant for the position of GISO (Gombolola Intelligent Security officer) and Operative to apply. On the same date, I applied for the position of GISO Lira Central Division and I submitted my application to the office of Regional Intelligent Security Organization.

I was very happy to receive a call from the same office calling me for an interview. During interview, we were sent to the field to I identify bars, Lodges, Hotels which are open which is against presidential directive and we bring the field report. I managed to carry out the activity and I submitted my report.

IT was a successful day to me again when I received a call at 4:30pa calling me that am a successful candidate and I must report to office in the following day to  begin working as a Giso Lira Central Division and this is how  I became a GISO  Lira Central Division

I would like to appreciate PLA so much for what they have done to me and for being good as my parents.

I feels like working for PLA any time and am ready to support PLA in any security matters since they are in my area of operation where am attached.

Thank you


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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”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. Whereas Lira district is no longer affected by war and the communities are in rehabilitation, there remains a need to better the future for all children especially the female through girl child education.

Platform for Labour Action (PLA) through the GlobalGiving partners are providing support for a better future to eight girls in primary schools (5 in primary six and 3 in primary seven) in Lira District. Ajwang in Primary 7, Anyango in Primary 7,  Akullu in primary 6, Auma also in Primary 6,  Adongo in Primary 6, Linda in primary 6 ,  Amoo  in Primary 6 and Atim in Primay 7. The all attend V.H Public school, Otim Tom Primary School, Omito Primary School, Lira Army primary School

Adyel Boarding Primary School, Adyel Boarding School, Ober Primary School and Sir Samuel Joe Primary School respectively.

 

SCHOOL MONITORING VISITS

Due to the current situation of COVID 19, Excellence of the President of Uganda addressed the nation on 18th March 2020 on how to deal with the Corona virus pandemic and one of the measures included; all Educational Institutions which accounted for 15 million Young Ugandans. As you are aware, the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in global uncertainty and unprecedented challenges impacting most businesses adversely. The global economy has been disrupted and many companies have either shut down or substantially scaled down operations due to the drastic decline in revenue.

As result all the schools were closed from 18th  March 2020 to date, they are opening for the candidate classes in October 2010 as a way of preventing pupils from being infected by COVID-19  hence there were no school monitoring visits but rather home visits and support had to given availed to our beneficiaries home to ensure their safety and survival during the long period of schools shut down which school in a way provided a safe haven for our beneficiaries.

HOME MONITORING VISITS

Home monitoring visits were meant to check on the beneficiaries’ condition during COVID- 19 holidays with their guardians. It also gives the organization time to meet with the guardians to beneficiaries and share with them the situation of these children at home as well as advising them on how best to carter for the welfare of these children. Further PLA provides the children with psychosocial counseling in addition to sanitary pad and food parcels.

Eight (8) home monitoring visits were made

Many of the children (5) had been taken to different villages for farming by their care givers to ensure that they contribute to the household survival.

 

 

Testimony from Brenda

I am pleased with PLA for paying my fees and also visiting me at home God Bless you. Thank you so much for the sanitary pads and the food parcel which will help me improve on personal hygiene instead of the cotton I was using. I am also requesting PLA if possible, they provide us with more food as since getting home we only have one meal a day and some times only porridge. We are unable to meet our basic needs since my sister who is our care taker lost her Job at the Hotel during the Lock down due to the outbreak of Covid 19. I appreciate you for your continued Support.

 

My name is Omara,I am very happy to see you people of PLA. I am the neighbour  to Brenda and her sisters. Brenda is a disciplined Child and I am open to giving her any assistance she needs,  however I am also poor, I can’t do much expect to watch over their safety together with my other family members., I really appreciate the organisation for suporting these children. Thank you for giving them pads and it has been a challage to them however some time I tell my children to give them theirs. I am requesting your organisation kindly to also suport the children more regularly  with food at least on a monthly basis. Kevin the sister to Brenda used to go to work in a hotel ,but since corona, she is nolonger going however I only see them every day harvesting greens from within and they prepare for their food.

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Please continue supporting their education together with Kevin who I think is more vulnerable than Brenda because she is deaf.  If possible she can be taken to a deaf school to enable her gets some basic education.

 

 

Challenges faced by children

Some guardians are making these children to work for very long periods in their gardens utilizing them for manual labour as a result of the Long Holidays occasioned by COVID-19.

Action taken by PLA

  • Children were taken through counseling to strengthen them psychologically in attaining self-confidence to deal with life challenges.
  • Care takers/ Guardians are being counseled and re- sensitized on how to stay with these children as well as sharing with them best practices to improve their welfare and to share with them some food parcels and also refer them to the government departments which may help to provide food for the families where PLA can not. PLA as well appreciated the Care takers for keeping custody of the Children as well as watching over their welfare.

 

Recommendation

  • PLA needs to monthly give the Children Sanitary pads as well as food to reduce on the cost burden felt by the Care takers of Children as well to ensure the welfare of the children isn’t affected due to starvation.

Conclusion

  • The project has help these children to continue attain basic  education in primary schools
  • It has also helps children to get psychosocial support  especially those in child headed families and  those affected by HIAV/AIDS

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My name is Atoke. I am 13 years old and I completed my primary Education at Sir Samuel Joe Primary School. I got the following grades:

  1. Englis----------D2
  2. Maths--------- C3
  3. Science--------C3
  4. S.S.T ------------C3

Tatal Aggregate----11 Division 1

I am very happy with PLA for paying my fees and I was able to pass primary seven with first grade. I am greatful for all the neccessities and living materials given including Books, Pens, Mathematical set, Sanitary towel, paying school fees and meals at school which has enable me to pass examinations. I want to become a doctor to help poor people who come to hospital and the doctors do not attent to them in time.

Currently, PLA has goten me a bursary at Light Vocational Secondary School where I am going to begin my senior one from.

May God Bless PLA so much for suporting me and all the people from outside countries whom were told enable us to go to school. Thank you for the sacrifices to give us a good life and a chance at the future.We are grateful.


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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”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. Whereas Lira district is no longer affected by war and the communities are in rehabilitation, there remains a need to better the future for all children especially the female through  girl child  education.

Platform for Labour Action (PLA) through the GlobalGiving Donors and well-wishers are providing support for a better future to  eight girls in primary schools (4 in primary six, four in primary seven),   and 15 girls in secondary school. 15 girls completed primary seven Last year 2019 a waiting to Join secondary or Vocational schools upon  the fund is generated

Details of school beneficiaries for 2020 with their respective schools

No

Name of student

Class

Name of schools

1

 Tracy

p.7

V.H Public school

2

 Stella

p.7

Otim Tom Primary School

3

 Marion

p.6

Omito Primary School

4

Brenda

p.6

Lira Army primary School

5

 Jenifer

p.6

Adyel Boarding Primary School

6

 Linda

p.6

Adyel Boarding School

7

Joy

p.6

Ober Primary School

8

Joan

P.7

Sir Samuel Joe Primary School

 

School monitoring visit

School monitoring visit were made, Administrative Associate Lira field office went to schools to check the welfare of these children, provide them with psychosocial support, checking on their performance at school. During the school visits, schools were demanding for school fees for term one 2020. They noted that our girls were learning and had a complete change from when they started school. The Head teachers appreciated PLA for their role in enabling the girls attain education  and commended the role the community members and GlobalGiving have planned in changing these children`s lives.

LOCAL ORGANISTAIONS CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE GIRLS SECONDAREY EDUCATION

PLA Administrative Associate went to different organization and well-wishers requesting funds to support Vulnerable and marginalized children PLA currently supported by PLA so that they can attend secondary school education as majority of the girls had excelled in their studies and need a push to further their education.

 

During the Visits, organizations and well-wishers who accepted to give their contributions towards supporting these children requested the details for the schools where these children are studying for purposes of making direct fees payment. As such the Administrative Associate gave the school details to these organizations including the details of these children.

On the 27th January 2020 Administrative Associate went to  check on these organization to follow up on their pledges  towards their support to these children. God helps Uganda an organization in Uganda Pledged to support three of PLA beneficiaries who completed primary seven with good results  by sponsoring them with secondary education and they requested Administrative associate to refer them to their office immediately results are out. When the results came out, three children were referred to God Help Uganda and they were taken to secondary school. The school they joined is Mentor Secondary School. They are supporting include  Namono, Apio and Alupo.

SCHOOL MONITORING VISITS

The PLA  communicated to school Administrators that,  the organization is working very hard to see that fees balances are cleared and they should not worry that the organization may not pay school fees for these children.

The schools which were visited include V.H Public school,Otim Tom Primary School,Omito Primary School,Lira Army primary School, Sir Samuel Joe Primary School,Ober Primary School, Adyel Boarding Primary School.  A total of 8 female school beneficiaries were met, provided with psychosocial support. We also interacted with their teachers for purposes of enlightening us on the Children’s welfare as well as their academic performance. The Administrative associate requested all School Administrators to continue treating   the children with respect and preserving their dignity and the organization pledged to clear the school dues within the course of the course. With the support from GlobalGiving the girls education fees have since been cleared and they wait for their returning to school as COVID 19 pandemic has made all schools to close down until further notice.

The head teacher V.H Public School, following his signing the Memorandum of Understanding with PLA, appreciated PLA so much for supporting poor andvulnreable  children. His Advice the organization to provide scholastic materials termly and sanitary towel monthly to ease their staying at school considering their vulnerability as girls. PLA provided sanitary and scholastic materials for the girls as well during the term.

 

Challenges faced by children

  • Some guardians are over working these children after coming from school and in the morning beore going to school.

Action taken by PLA

  • Children are taken through counseling to strengthen them psychologically in attaining self-confidence for their future and incase of any challenges arise in their life.
  • Schools Visits are being made by the Administrative Associate to check on the progress and performance of the children in both class and games and sport as well as communicating with teachers andsharing ways of sup[porting the children with the teachers.

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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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