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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





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. “    



  • 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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PLATFORM FOR LABOUR ACTION QUARTERLY UPDATE TO GLOBAL GIVING APRIL -JUNE 2010 During the past three months we have carried out the following activities; Children were supported by offering them scholastic materials, payment of their lunch fees and offering psychological help through guiding and counselling. Payment for meals of 45 girls was for $ 450. This was for the 2/12 months period. We also paid examination fees three girls in primary two, primary four and six totalling $3.5 dollars.

Monitoring visits to the schools where beneficiaries are was carried out to check on their academic performances; these include; Elia Olet Primary School, Boke P.7, Lango Koran P.7 school and King James SS, Lira P.7, V.H P.7, Railways P.7, Ireda P.7, Lira Police Primary School. Report cards were received for all the children. Overall the performance of the girls is still low this is due;

Mof the care takers of these children also lack basic needs and this leads them to looking at these children as a source of labour. They involve them in domestic chores which have interfered with their education. It affects their performance in class. Staffs of PLA have taken efforts to talk to the care givers.

The performance is also promising for some of the children for example Aguti Dorine in Primary six at Aduku Road Primary school scored aggregate 11 at the end of the first term of 2010. She has potential to score division one in her primary leaving examinations next year.

Children still lack information about HIV/AIDS. Some of the children supported under the program are HIV positive for example Rebecca Ateng. The youth counselor provides more care to Rebecca and the school is aware of her situation so she takes her medication while at school and home.

Stigma by other children once they realize or someone tells them that they are HIV Positive. To address this PLA field staff will be sensitising teachers and children on HIV/AIDS, stigma and discrimination using drama, songs and video shows. The beneficiaries will also have activities during their holiday break such as sports.

Over all there is a high number of orphans and working children who are in the similar situation like the one for our beneficiaries. Every day at least 3 care takers of the orphaned children come to our office requesting for assistance. When we refer them to other organizations they also indicate that they have closed.

• Some Children lack self confidence when among other pupils with both parents. Children living with both parents tend to dominate over the orphans who end up thinking they are worthless.

Other action taken by PLA • Children were taken through counselling to calm them down. • Regular visits are nowbeing made to monitor those missing classes and followed up to their homes. • Scholastic materials as well as school fees were sent to school on time.

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This report by Patform for Labour Action provides an update to Global Giving on the project entitled ‘Educate 200 War & HIV/AIDS-Orphaned Ugandan Girl’ located in Lira Northern Uganda. During the period January to March 2010, the youth counselor visited 47 children during their vacation and some of them expressed themselves through letters. The head office also made one monitoring visit to Lira district and were able to visit one school Elia Olet primary school which currently has three children( girls) and one of them is HIV positive. The children were counseled and advised to work harder to improve on their performance in school.

Rebecca Ateng says ‘’ She takes ARVs which she carries in her uniform pocket. I stay with my grand mother . At times there is no food at home. Sometimes I depend on school food for the medication I take. I feel very weak when I take medication without food. I want to join the boarding section so that I can be able eat three meals a day. But the PLA program does not pay for boarding. When other children see me taking my medication, they tease me which makes me cry,’. When the boys see medicine in my pocket they also tease me and threaten to beat me''.

During the monitoring visit the PLA staff requested the teachers to exercise more care for Rebecca to address the stigma and discrimination in school. PLA also provided extra $10 to Rebecca for her meals.

Actions to be taken to improve • In addition to the youth counselor we have recruited a field officer to visit the children regularly and build a personal relationship between the children and PLA staff and the care givers and to counsel care takers not to involve children in work that interferes with their education. • The teachers have been advised to also take their responsibility to counsel children and take more care for children who are HIV positive to address stigma in school and discrimination.

Platform for Labour Action takes this opportunity to express our sincere gratitude to our donors who have contributed to the education of the children under this program since 2004. Your contributions have enabled us to counsel 47 children during this quarter. Counseling of one child costed an average of $6.5

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• Monitoring visits have been made to the children both at school and at home. This year we supported 55 children with lunch, exercise books and school uniforms. . • Most of them have the problem of inadequate time to revise their notes at home due to too much commitment to the chores imposed on them by their care givers. • Neglect (at times) in terms of care givers guidance since most of them are catered for by relatives thus they don’t receive / have proper advice, parental love and care to their expectations. • Lack of self confidence in themselves among the other pupils. The children have been counseled and activities are to be arranged to enable them improve in their life skills. • Delays at home since some of them have to wake up early and do some work before going to school like digging, cleaning the house. This makes them late for school and they are punished.

55 children were visited by the youth counselor both at home and in school. This costed ( $900) for the whole year. The cost of counseling one child throughout the year was $16. We paid lunch fees for children totaling ( $900). this costed $ 16. We provided scholastic materials (exercise books, uniforms, school bags, pens, mathematical sets worth $850) to 55 children.

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Please read below for a summary of our progress and challenges. The attached report has more detail!

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A total of 64 children have been placed in school both at primary and secondary level which has helped them develop and lead normal and meaning full lives as children. See appendix 1 in attached report for list of current beneficiaries.

A total of 500,000/= Ug. shillings was paid as lunch fees for the 64 beneficiaries and one of the beneficiaries Una Lilly has managed to finish with her nursing course awaiting to receive her certificate. The children have also been able to receive scholastic materials like books, school bags, pens and pencils, rulers, geometry sets and school uniforms. These scholastic materials have motivated them to go to school.

Last year in 2007 five of the children managed to seat for their Uganda Certificate of Education and they have now joined Higher education in Senior Five. These included the following: Akello Joyce, Auma Caroline, Akello Christine, Amaco Evaline and Achan Caroline.

The psychosocial support for the beneficiaries has been on going especially during the process of taking their measurements for the uniforms and also during payment for their lunch fees at their schools. The Program Officer Lira carries out monitoring visits and she encourages the children to study hard for at least they have the PLA office to support them. The Program Officer has also managed to counsel some of the guardians to these children who have different problems like cases of HIV/AIDS infections.

CHALLENGES ENCOUNTERED • The system of education is changing where by pupils from primary five on wards are expected to be in boarding section which is quite expensive than these children being in day school. • There is an increase in the number of children requesting for support especially in terms of paying school fees for secondary education and joining vocational institutions. Boys also feel discriminated against because we are not supporting them.

Conclusion Overall the project is progressing positively towards achievement of the set goals. The continuous monitoring of the children and continued provision of psychosocial support to encourage them has motivated them to start believing in themselves.

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