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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

 INTRODUCTION

This report by Platform for Labour Action presents the progress of some the beneficiaries who have benefited from the support to their education through the Global Giving Foundation. The project currently supports 46 children. The children are visited in school to assess their performance and progress and at home to assess their living conditions. During these visits they also receive counseling and guidance. The visits are made by the Field Officer.

 ABEJA EUNICE’ PROGRESS STORY

Abeja Eunice is 16 years old in senior one at Savior’s secondary school.  ‘’PLA started paying for my school fees from Primary Four Third term to date, am now in senior one and am so happy that am still in school.’’ Icompleted primary seven in 2009. Oburalceh tom, Eunice’ paternal uncle is so appreciative of the support that comes for PLA to her daughter. In a conversation with him, he said that he has tried to put Eunice into boarding school so that she can perform better without any difficulty but it’s becoming so hard for him since he is going old. Eunice’ performance is encouraging and has showed efforts of improving.

 Eunice was the 38th out of 250 students and some of her best performed subjects were physics 62%, religious education 62% and also English at 62%.“ Iam grateful to PLA for putting me in school and I hope PLA will assist me in accomplishing my dream of becoming a nurse. According to Eunice in order for her to maintain and improve on performance. ‘Iam always sent home due to none payment of extra fees which amount to 80,500 Uganda shillings ($40) that caters for electricity and  my meals of  66,000 Uganda shillings($30) every three months. If the above is met Eunice believes she will accomplish her dream of becoming a nurse.

 AGUTI DORINE TELLS HER STORY

 

Aguti Dorine is 14 years old and in p.6 at Aduku road primary school. She was at Elia Olet primary but left to Aduku road primary school, since she believes that it’s better in terms of teaching and finishing the syllabus. Dorine’s performance encouraging as per her progress report where she was the 15th out of 67 pupils. When asked whether she was ready to become a candidate, she said she was very ready since she would want to become a government  minister one day and to become one, she knows that she has to perform to her best. In a discussion about her performance with the deputy head teacher Agel Moses, he said that Aguti Dorine’s performance was actually improving every term and believes that with all conditions favorable, she is able to perform better in primary leaving exams.

‘I will be happy if PLA continues paying for my lunch and scholastic materials and to continue checking on me in school and at home’.

 AKOT REBECCA’S SUCCESS STORY

 Akot Rebecca is 12 years old in P.6 at V.H public school. At the moment, it’s her paternal aunty and uncle who are paying for her Parents and Teachers Association (PTA) and exams fees. ‘’My aunty tries to provide me with everything that I need in school and at home,’ narrates Rebecca ‘’My dream is to become a doctor and with hard work, I hope to make it,’ she added. Rebecca has no hard ships at home in fact she is in boarding school and seem to be active in the school clubs like wild life, where animal lives is concerned important. According to her teacher,’ Rebecca participates in class and most especially in debates that are held at school and with a little more help from the organization in terms of text books would highly improve her performance since there are few text books in the school.’’ ‘’I always wake up so early so that I don’t get to miss any lessons in order to perform better,’ she informed the field officer.‘’I do appreciate the efforts of PLA in supporting me academically and most especially physiologically since they talk to me and tell me nice things like my future will be great if I only add more effort to my books. We are grateful to Rebecca’s guardians for taking responsibility to care for her. She no longer needs support from PLA apart from encouragement to improve performance. She is grateful to Global giving donors for their contributions for the past four years.

 AKULLU DAPHNE TELLS HER STORY

Akullu Daphne is 12 years old in P.5 at V.H Public school. Daphne stays with her paternal uncle and mother but the condition at home is not good. She says,‘’My uncle drinks a lot of alcohol and after that, he yells and beats us at times he also beats up our mother, this has therefore made it so hard for me and my brothers and sisters because when ever our uncle comes home, our mother decides not to appear until he has gone back to the village where he stay for a week’’ cried Daphine as she narrated her story of the condition she undergoes at home. In Daphne’s school V.H public school, pupils are expected to pay the Parents Teachers Association (PTA) fees 10,000 ($5) exams fees 6,000 ($3) extra charges fees 12,000($6) and meal fees 25,000 ($12) which PLA pays for Daphine.PLA does not pay other costs. Acan Betty, who is Daphne’s math teacher took up the responsibility of paying her exams, PTA and extra charges fees after her mother failed to pay and ‘’yet Daphne was continuously missing classes’’ she said, and now its becoming hard for me to also contribute to her fees because of the many responsibilities that keep coming up, she added. Following up on Daphine’s school performance, her teacher says Daphine used to perform well but her grades seem to be declining, which is because she is often not at school. Her math teacher went on to give an example of the past term’s performance of which she was only able to sit for two exams. In Daphne’s progress report, she was 176th out of 217 pupils in her class and her best performed subject was math where she scored 55 out of 100. Daphne would like to join the boarding section but this would call for more 114,500Uganda shillings ($52) for every three months which is quiet expensive for her mother and math teacher.  ‘’My mother sells charcoal at a market in town, what she gets from the market is what we depend on as food,’.  ‘’I thank PLA for giving me a chance to study since primary two to date in primary five’’ said Daphne. She said PLA had provided her with scholastic material and meals. ‘’I want to become a bank manager,’ Daphne excitedly said. She believes that when she becomes one, she will be able to have a lot of money to help the needy children such as her and her siblings.

AWOR FAITH’S STORY

Awor faith is 11 years old in P.5 at V.H Public school. ‘’I love going to school, but home is far and I am always falling sick with malaria which makes it so hard for me to compete with the other children’ said faith. According to faith’s teacher, Acan Betty, ‘’faith is a very competitive girl and participates a lot in class.’’ She believes faith would have performed better if it was not for the fact that she is always sick. When I asked what illness that was, she answered back saying faith is infected with HIV/AIDS, ‘’this was told to us by her mother.’’ Faith lost her father in 2007 to cancer and her mother takes care of the entire family. According to faith’s progress report, her best done subject was English where she scored 61 out of 100. ‘’I want to become an accountant like my auntie’s son who I admire’’, because he loves his job and gets a lot of money, With this, am there going to try to perform much better in math so I can become an accountant n future, She added. ‘’PLA has helped me since p.3 and to date, school has been fine and I therefore appreciate the efforts by PLA and the donors in making a step to accomplish my dream of being in school’’.

Message from the Field Officer

‘I joined PLA in July 2010 and I have met some of these children for the first time. Iam also from Lira. I appreciate the support from the Global Giving Foundation and the donors for the assistance they are giving to these children who are in dire need. The lunch money enables these children to have a meal they may not have had at home and they are able to pay attention in class.’

 


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AKOT REBECCA’S  SUCCESS STORY

Akot Rebecca is 12 years old in P.6 at V.H public school.

She has one brother aged 8years old in p.3. Rebecca lost her father in 2007, her father died of sickness that she was unaware of.

At the moment, it’s her paternal aunty and uncle who are paying for her Parents and Teachers Association (PTA) and exams fees.

 ‘’My aunty tries to provide me with everything that I need in school and at home,’ narrates Rebecca

‘’My dream is to become a doctor and with hard work, I hope to make it,’ she added.

Rebecca has no hard ships at home in fact she is in boarding school and seem to be active in the school clubs like wild life, where animal lives is concerned important

According to her teacher,’ Rebecca participates in class and most especially in debates that are held at school and with a little more help from the organization in terms of text books would highly improve her performance since there are few text books in the school.’’

‘’I always wake up so early so that I don’t get to miss any lessons in order to perform better,’ she informed the field officer"

Picture of Akot Rebecca, a pupil of Lira P7 primary school

‘’I do appreciate the efforts of PLA in supporting me academically and most especially physiologically since they talk to me and tell me nice things like my future will be great if I only add more effort to my books.

Recommendation

We are grateful to Rebecca’s guardians for taking responsibility to care for her. She no longer needs support from PLA apart from encouragement to improve performance. She is grateful to Global giving donors for their contributions for the past four years .


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ABEJA EUNICE’ PROGRESS STORY

Abeja Eunice is 16 years old in senior one at Savior’s secondary school.

Eunice has two brothers George Owiny 13 years in primary seven, Oken Tony 10 years in primary four, the two sisters are Ajwang Dorcus 19 years old and Apio Evaline who is already married.

My  parents both died during the war, my mother met her fate as she had gone out of home to find some food for the family, this is where the rebels found and killed her’’ she sadly narrated.

‘’My father also disappeared at the same time and we never saw his body or even heard from him which made us think he was perhaps killed, she continued to narrate her sad story.

Eunice and her siblings were taken care of by their paternal uncle Oburalceh Tom who took over the responsibility after their parents had passed away.

The family stayed in Erute camp for close to six years and through their uncle tried to pay for them school fees at Lira army primary school, it was so hard for him since there was hardly any money, th PLA identified  Eunice from the Erute Camp  and started supporting her education .

‘’PLA started paying for my school fees from Primary Four Third term to date, am now in senior one and am so happy that am still in school.’’ Icompleted primary seven in 2009.

Oburalceh tom, Eunice’ paternal uncle is so appreciative of the support that comes for PLA to her daughter. In a conversation with him, he said that he has tried to put Eunice into boarding school so that she can perform better without any difficulty but it’s becoming so hard for him since he is going old.

Eunice’ performance is encouraging and has showed efforts of improving.

 According to her progress report, Eunice was the 38th out of 250 students and some of her best performed subjects were physics 62%, religious education 62% and also English at 62%.

“ Iam grateful to PLA for putting me in school and I hope PLA will assist me in accomplishing my dream of becoming a nurse.

According to Eunice in order for her to maintain and improve on performance

‘Iam always sent home due to none payment of extra fees which amount to 80,500 Uganda shillings ($40) that caters for electricity and  my meals of  66,000 Uganda shillings($30) every three months.

If  the above  is met Eunice believes she will accomplish her dream of becoming a nurse.

Recommendation

Eunice needs continuous counseling and support and guidance in regards to the loss of her parents and her performance in school.

This report was compiled by Susan Ejang, PLA  Field Officer Lira

November 2010.


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Dear Friend of Platform for Labour Action.

 Thank you so much for taking off time to read the report and taking interest in assisting Sandra. We also express our sincere gratitude to you for donating to this project. Below is the information on what is required to take Sandra and many other children in that situation to Boarding school.

 Description

Amount

Boarding fees( tuition, accommodation

$75  every three months

Uniforms

$25 every three months

Examination fees, medical Parents teacher Association contributions

$10 dollars every month

Food

$75 every three months

Necessities( beddings, metallic box  etc )

$75 dollars one off

Other necessities scholastic materials and some pocket money

$30 dollars every month

Estimated total

$290 dollars

 

$ 290 dollars can send one child to boarding school for three months in the first year

$215 dollars can send one child to boarding school for three months in year one onwards

$645 dollars send one child to boarding school for one year

 

We have also requested Global Giving to add these details as other options on our project.

 

Sincerely,

Lilian Keene- Mugerwa

Executive Director

Platform for Labour Action

Project Title: EDUCATE 200 WAR AND HIV/AIDS ORPHANED UGANDAN GIRLS  

LOCATION: LIRA DISTRICT NORTHERN UGANDA

REPORT PERIOD: JULY_ SEPTMBER 2010

INTRODUCTION

Forty six (46 girls)  are currently benefiting from the project  and are  placed in Ambalal primary school, V.H primary school, Wiobyek primary school, Railways primary school, Elia Olet Primary School Lira Police Primary School and Boke primary school all in Lira district in Northern Uganda. Lira district is no longer affected by war and the communities are in the resettlement and rehabilitation state. They require access to services such as health and education. Formerly displaced and orphaned children leave with guardians and some are child headed households.

In this period the field officer made visits to  nine (9)  schools  where the girls are studying from  namely; Ambalal primary school, Lira P7 primary school, V.H primary School, Railways Primary School , Police Primary School Elia Olet Primary School, Lango Quran Primary School, Ojwina Primary School and Boke Primary School. The children visited in the different schools include two (2)  girls Acen  Jennifer P.7 and Apio Susan P.7 at Ambalal primary school,  three(3) girls in primary sevem  at Boke primary school theses include Acam Molly, Apenyo Stella Monica and Amolo Stella,  five (5) girls from Railways P.7 school theses included Acan Doreen and Akello Nancy primary seven ,  Akwero Loy  primary four , Agoa Louis primary five  and Ongom Louis primary  two , at V.H primary school.Three  children were visited and they included Akot Rebecca, and , Awor faith, and Akullu Daphine primary 5, Elia Olet P& school ;Ateng Rebecca primary four , Achola Brenda and  Aguti Dorine primary six. Scholastic materials like books, pens, rulers among others have been given to the children to ensure that their school requirements are covered to improve on their performance at school. 

Twenty three (23) children received counseling sessions. This ranged from self confidence during final exams, studying hard for exams and resting enough to wake up fresh for exams.  Some children were also worried about their performance in school such as Acen Jennifer During the visit emphasis was place on offering guidance, confidence building and counseling to the girls who are to write their primary leaving examinations in November 2010.

Atali Sandra is in Primary six at Lira P7 School is one of the girls visited during this period.

She has one sister aged 18years old in senior three and a brother aged 15years in primary five. She lost her father while in the camp in 2005 and is currently under the care of her paternal uncle.

Sandra’s dream is to become a doctor after she completes school but she is not sure that she will make it since she faces a number of difficulties where she stays.

I thank Platform for Labour Action for enabling to remain in school. I would like Platform for Labour Action to contribute to my stay in the boarding section of school so that I can concentrate on my studies and realize my dream of becoming a doctor.

I would also love for the donors to come and visit my school so that I can be able to personally thank them’.

  “I would like to join boarding section because life at home with my uncle and his wife is not good,  I have to carry out household chores which include preparing breakfast, cleaning the house, washing dishes and  helping my auntie’s children bathe  as well as take them to school’ After this I prepare to  go to school’.  It is a long distance from home’.

‘My aunt tells me that it is very useless for me to go to school, but I have not given up’. One day my auntie took away my books and tore my school uniform and I missed school for one week’.

 According to the teachers at Sandra’s school she has all the potential of performing better although she seems to be facing a problem at home. Her late coming to school has been noted. Sandra’s teacher said, “Atai Sandra comes to school late usually after the first lesson has ended and does not concentrate in class. “    

 

 Challenges

  • A good number of the orphaned and formerly displaced children live with relatives such as Sandra and this interferes with their education.  Most of our beneficiaries are not in the boarding section because the funding is not enough to support them in boarding section.  
  • PLA has provided counseling to the children and their guardians to enable them appreciate the importance of their cooperation in supporting these children. The response from some of the guardians has so far been positive. Guardians now show concern for the children’s well being.  
  • Some of the children are faced with the problem of the discrimination since they are infected with HIV/AIDS and Awor Faith who studies at V.H primary school faces this challenge and  she  and below is her message to everyone; 

 

 


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