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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

Alum`s story

Alum is a total orphan and she is staying in a child headed family where her elder sister who herself is still a childis the one leading the family. They lose their father in 2014 as their mother died first. They are staying in one of the house their father left them in. Alum a only eat at school and the sister is working in one of the hotel at Te Obaya as plate washer. She goes with food remain from the hotel to share with Her younger sister at home. Brenda said they suffer a lot when her elder sister is sick because she will not be going for work and they end up sleeping without eating.

Her appreciation

I would like to thank platform for labour action so much. Now days I use to eat at school and stay at school without being sent a way for fees. Now days I do not sleep famine since I do eat lunch at school. Thank you so much for taking me to school.

Am requesting PLA to take my sister also to school

Thank you so much

Thank you so much for checking me at home during holiday


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Platform for Labour Action with support from GlobalGiving is implementation a project entitled “Educate 100 War and HIV/AIDS Orphaned Ugandan Girls”. This project was started as a response to the 21-year-old LRA war that left so many children orphaned and destitute. There was 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 education.

 

Platform for Labour Action with support from the GlobalGiving partners is providing support to 73 girls in Lira district 3 children in primary three including  8 girls in primary four, 17 children in primary five, 26 children in primary six, 16 children in primary seven and 3 children in senior one. The project provides support to war and HIV/AIDS orphaned girls and those girls living with HIV/AIDS positive status with school fees, counseling and 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 visit, PLA monitors the homes where all these beneficiaries are staying. This is done through checking their conditions with their guardians during holidays, their living condition during holidays and providing psychological support during holidays.

In this quarter a number of activities were carried out that included; payment of fees for term two, carrying out holidays event, counseling, school and home visits to the beneficiaries. Below are, therefore the activities carried out in-depth in the three months of July, August and September.

SCHOOL VISITS

There were a number of 73 school monitoring visits that were held in the quarter; the visits were made to king James Secondary school, Lira primary school, Lira Army Primary school,  Erute Primary school, Sir Samuel Joe Primary School, Ireda Primary School,  Otim Tom primary school, Omito Primary School, V.H Public school, Lango Quran primary school, King James secondary school, Ireda Primary school, Lira primary school, , Adyel primary school, Railways primary school and Eliaoulet Primary School, King James primary school and. Lira Modern primary school

 

The school monitoring visits are meant to check on the beneficiaries’ performance in class and to see their behaviors at school.

The school monitoring visits gives the organization the chance to meet the beneficiary’s teachers since in most cases they are the ones that see the girls while they are at school and have one or two things to mention about their performances.

 The school teachers also play big roles in shaping the beneficiaries better future especially when they get to know how vulnerable the children are through PLA staffs who are dealing with these children.

During the school visits the beneficiaries are also monitored to assess their school attendance. Previously teachers had reported non school attendance of some staff. This helps the organization to follow up on these beneficiaries and ensure that they get back to school by reaching their home and share with their guardians the importance of school and why their children should be left to attend school.It  It further enables the organization to understand the challenges the children face and to identify which support is needed by the children. School monitoring visit also help organization to know beneficiaries are properly using their scholastic materials as this is given to them once in a year and about their performance in class..

During school monitoring visits, head teachers and senior woman teachers advised the organization to try and put these children in Boarding facilities to enable them have morning and evening studies to facilitate their passing. Its also to help the children escape child labour which happens in many of their homes.It is also to protect them from sexual harassment from the neighbor while the children are walking to school. The children ere encourage top report cases of abuse and to were advised on how to avoid sexual harassment and where to report such incidences to avoid abuse.

APIO’S STORY

Apio is a 14 years old school girl; she is a total orphan  and a pupil of Railway primary school.

She was the only daughter to the late Amongi and Ogwal.Apio`s mother died in 2010 and the father married again a lady named Auma unfortunately her father also latter died leaving Apio with her step mother Auma who is currently 40 years old.In 2012 the step mother found another man who took them both in but the step father started mistreating Apio. The PLA staff advised the stepfather on caring for the girl but he was not stopping the beating and the mistreatment until the police intervened

He was later released and he even apologized to Apio in front of the officer=Child and Family Protection Unit at Lira Central Police station, he promised not to use foul language in front of the child and he said that he will start treating her like he would his own daughter.

Her Story

During school monitoring visits, Apio said that her step father had changed positively. She said that she has access of playing with her friends, talking with her step dad and now days her step dad buy for her clothes when he is buying for her children. She said that now days even if she comes back from school late since candidates do have extra lesson he step dad does not quarrel like before.

She appreciated PLA and the donor for helping her from a very bad situation and taking her back to school.She feels like a a child who is loved now she exclaimed!

She said that before she used to go to school very late and she has to come back very early from school in the afternoon even if people are still in class for after noon lesson.

She was very happy towards the positive change of her step dad. She ended by Appreciating PLA for helping her through Education and stabilizing her home because even the step father stopped beating her and shouting at her step mother unnecessarily. She promised to study very hard since she has stability at both home and school.


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Platform for Labour Action with support from GlobalGiving is implementation a project entitled “Educate 100 War and HIV/AIDS Orphaned Ugandan Girls”. 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 support from the GlobalGiving Donors is providing support for a better future to a total of 118 beneficiaries i.e. 0ne hundred eight girls  of which 15  are in secondary Schools and 103 are in primary schools.

 

The project provides support to war affected and HIV/AIDS affected or infected orphaned girls with school fees, counseling and 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 visit, PLA monitors the homes where all these beneficiaries are staying. This is done through checking their conditions with their guardians during holidays, their living condition during holidays and providing psychological support during holidays.

In this quarter a number of activities were carried out that included payment of fees for term one and two, counseling, school and home visits to the beneficiaries. Below are therefore the activities carried out in-depth in the three months of April, May and June.

SCHOOL VISITS

Seventeen 17 school monitoring visits were held during the reporting period; the visits were made to Omito Primary School, Otim Tom primary school, Erute primary schoolV.H Public school, Lango Quran primary school, Sir Samuel Joe primary school, Lira Modern primary school, King James secondary school, Ireda Primary school, Lira primary school, Ojwina primary school, Adyel primary school, Railways primary school and Eliaoulet Primary School, King James primary school and Lango Quran Primary School.

 

The school monitoring visits are meant to check on the beneficiaries’ performance in both class and their general welfare.

The school monitoring visits gives the organization the chance to meet the beneficiaries’ teachers since in most cases they are the ones that see the girls while they at school and now their general health and  situation and  their performances.

 The school teachers also play big roles in shaping the beneficiaries future especially when they get to understand vulnerability and the effects it can have on the children

During the school visits the beneficiaries were further  monitored to see if they were attending school regularly and where they were found not to be attending their homes were visited to encourage the guardians and counsel  and reprimand the parents on not engage the child in child labour and helping them to access education,. This helps the organization to follow up on these beneficiaries and ensure that they get back to school by reaching their home and share with their guardians. It also informs PLA of the challenges the beneficiaries faceboth  at  the schools and in their homes. These help organization to provide psychological support to beneficiaries when the challenges are  identified. School monitoring visit also help organization to know beneficiaries are properly using their scholastic materials as this is given to them once in aterm.

In the past the guardians had been reported to have taken the scholastic materials away from the beneficiaries and instead they give them to their biological children. They parents have had to be counseled and encouraged to understand the situation of the children under their care and are given advice on how to improve their livelihood and support the orphans children without mistreatment.

The head teachers of the schools have appreciated the global giving support and all the donors and requested the organization to support all these children until after primary seven (P.7) and even up to the secondary  or vocational studies level to either secondary or vocational schools for a good future. She said that it’s not good to only educate these children and stop in primary level.

HOLIDAYS EVENTS

GlobalGiving school going beneficiaries’ holidays’ events held at Lira office, Lira District. A total of 73 beneficiaries participated in this event and they were all female. Three were 3 pupils in primary three, 8 Pupils in primary four, 17 pupils in primary five, 26 pupils in primary six 16 pupils in primary seven and 3 in secondary school

Holidays event help in the following ways;

To rejuvenate the minds of beneficiaries through games and sports activities

To offer psychosocial support to the beneficiaries through holding general and one on one counselling sessions

To provide the beneficiaries with scholastic and living materials

They were able to receive scholastics materials, sanitary pads, participated in football, and sharing school and home experience amongst themselves.

DURING HOLIDAYS EVENT

They were able to play foootball. They were divided into two groups but group one managed to win against the other with a two goals to nil score. They appreciated PLA for organizing this kind of events. They requested the office to start taking them for competition as PLA team

They also participated in cricket and group one also won with 34 points to 10 points. Group one were very happy for winning this game since they were competing with primary six and seven and they were in primary  three, four and five. They promised that they will even perform well, in class than these semi candidates and candidates they promised to do their best even while at school.

The PLa team further  adviced and counseled the beneficiaries.

PLA team advised the children to respect their guardians, teachers, elder peoples and their friends for them to be successful in life. She also advised them to report immediately to the office, senior woman teacher in case anyone tries to do the un confortable touches to them. They were enlightened about the good and bad touches and were given techniques on how to avoid the bad touches. The teamappreciated ttthe chidren for being at school and she told them to always consult  their teachers in class when they dont not understood any topic taught.

PLA team further plagued to ensure the children are support in school until they have graduated according to their wishes.

All the beneficiaries were able to received scholastic materials like pens, books, pencils, sanitary pad, rulers, pencils, math’s set, exercise books and toilet papersfor the second team.

They appreciated PLA  and the donors for supporting them with all the necessary scholastic materials.

Akello  one of the beneficiaries appreciated so much and she said that if she has not mistaken, in their entire home village, she is the first person to start using counter book. All her friends are still using exercise books and others are using 48 pages and 32 pages. She said that is God who made her to be like that and she gives Glory to God. She said that she is ready to make very great change to their home area through education since PLA is providing all the necessities for her studies


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My name is Akullu, 14 years old, I am in primary six at Otim Tom primary school.

I am a daughter to the late Kato r and Adeke who died after a long illness due to HIV/AIDS, at the monent  I am living with my elder sister  Called Apio and I am staying in a child headed family

Before PLA found  me in 2013, I was not going to school since my sister could not raise school fees for me and my two younger sisters.I used to move on street selling Banana to raise money for survibal

When PLA found me, they were able to take me to school and I am no longer moving with Banana in street. During holiday, I am only selling my banana at the market near home not moving on street since my sister was told to stop sending me on street selling Banana by PLA staff since I was facing a lot of challenges from some bodaboda who used to demand for me from sex and they used to say that they will marry me and they will give me better life than selling banana.

I do thank God for using PLA for rescuring me. These men were too old for me and I could call them my father but even they end up touching my breasts  yet by then even I had no brest it was very small.

I am very happy now days because I knew I was going to stop in primary four but now I am at school . I am even more educated than the children of my uncles who refused to take care of us as they are not going to school claiming that their father does not have money to catter for there fees.

She said that she is very unique in their family, her mother did not go to school and her father too. All her sisters did not even go to school even her elder sister who is taking care of her did not go to school.

She appriciated platform for labour action for taking her to school and she will never disapoint them by droping out of school.

she said that her being helped by plat form for labour Acxtion has made communities around give them more respect . she said that since. PLA driver and one staffs  took me with the office car up to home,  and talked to my uncle who wants to give us parto oftour land which was left by my parents never disturbed them again and si nce Iam very happy that it is because of PLA, I am very sure that our  15 by 21 piece of land is secured

Akullu Said that she wants to be a teacher he most liked subject is Social Studies


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