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 through the Global Giving Donors is providing support for a better future to 28 girls currently leaving in Lira district 3 in primary five, 8 in primary six, 17 in primary five, 17 in primary seven. Today date the project has supported 79 children affected by War and HI/AIDS 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 visits, PLA monitors homes where all these beneficiaries stay. This is done through checking their conditions with their guardians during holidays, their living condition when at home and providing psychological support at both homes during holidays.
In this quarter a number of activities were carried out that included home monitoring visits, school monitoring visits and counseling were given to both guardians and the school beneficiaries. Below are therefore the activities carried out in the three months of January, February and March 2019.
HOME MONITORING VISITS
Home monitoring visits were meant to check on the beneficiaries’ condition during 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 and advising them on how to stay with these children.
10 home monitoring visits were made and out of all, one girl Auma a from a child headed family narrate her story
My name is Auma, 11 years old, a pupil of Lira Army Primary School in Primary five, I live here in Adekokwok, I wants to thank Platform For Labour Action so much for supporting my education I used to go to school only at the beginning of term but when PLA started paying my school fees, I can study the whole term without being sent a way to look for school fees and look for scholastic materials. During school time, am very ok because I eat at school but during holidays, I gets a lot of difficulties in getting what to eat. If o do not go to a hotel for working like washing plate, sauce pans and other utensils in a hotels, I do not get what to eat with my sister Amung. Unfortunately, my sister is a deaf girl. I cry all the time if I go with her to look for money at peoples home. They always beat her seriously once they tell her something and she fails to hear and do something differently. Our bosses do not consider her problem. Amung is 13 years old. She did not go to school because we lack money to pay her fees also. Due to prolonged sunshine, fruits like mangoes have failed to ripen we could be enjoying fruits a lot and not bothering thinking what to eat
Amung a sister to Auma found preparing supper during monitoring visit by Administrative Associate
My name is Apio, 65 years old; I used to see you coming here with vehicles. I want you to help these children with all your hearts. These children have a lot of problem some time back, they made an alarm here and we found that, some people who addicted with drugs wanted to rape them. If I have money, I could accommodate these children at my home here but I am a widow with seven grand total orphan children who are not going to school because of Lack of money. I want to thank you so much for paying school fees for this child. I was requesting you if you can even support this one who has problem in her ear, it was going to be so great. God was going to reward your organization so much because she is having a lot of difficulties in how to get what to eat especially during school time if her younger sister is at school. Please I am requesting your organization to come up and help these young children for their future.
My name is Amule 63 year’s old living here in Omito Village, a guardian to Awor, your Beneficiary who completed her primary seven Last year 2018 She scored the following Aggregate,
- English …………………………….8
- social studies……………………...3
I want to thank you so much for supporting this child up to this level of education. it has not been easy to all of us since I picked this child from her late grandfather, I never expected her to reach this level of education, as poor as I am, I managed to pick her and I brought her to my home because during the burial of her late grandfather, no one took interest of taking care of her and she took her up. I am requesting the organization kindly to help Apio take her to secondary education because she is a very good orphan. for the Last five years she has stayed with her, she did not get any problem with her. she said that Apio wants to be a teacher but she has nothing apart from the organization to make her meet her ambition.
My name is Omara , 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 bright in class and I stopped 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. Am now doing very well in computer works am 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 am working on computers for different organizations am also requesting platform for Labour Action to start bringing their computers so that I start reparing for them at a low cost since they are my foundation. Have two wives one is having two children and one is having three children. Have constructed them their homes and my two children are schooling in a very good school in the district called BUBBLES KINDERGARTEN SCHOOL. I wants to thank platform for Labour Action so much for supporting my studies, without them I would have died on the street like some of my late friends.
- We have limited funds to support all the children in schools and once they finish primary schools it becomes hard to continue supporting adequately.
In the next quarter, the beneficiaries will continue to receive counseling, there will be school and home visits and a holiday event where the beneficiaries will get to share their life experiences at both school and their homes.