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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

 

Akech is a 13 year old girl who goes to Ireda Primary School and is currently in Primary Six. She was orphaned in 2010 when her father Opio died and her mother Ajok followed a suit in 2011 due to HIV/AIDS. Unfortunately Akech herself was born infected by HIV/AIDS.

 

Her father had two wives and when her mother died in 2011 leaving her and her elder brother Andrew living with their stepmother who also have three other children of her own all young than Aketh. She loves school and the learning and studying it accords her. Her best subject is Science out of all the four subjects the she takes including Math, Science, Social Studies and Religious Education. At the end of the year 2015 examination she was in the 15th position out of 183 pupils in her class

During the first monitoring visit this year, her stepmother was requiring her to first help out in the restaurant which she runs before she can go to school. This was making Akech so tired to concentrate on her studies.

 

She had also developed wounds on some of her body parts which require medical attention .Akech was encouraged and counseled to remain strong and endure as with continued treatment she will be pain free. Examples of many young adults were shared with her and a testimony from a 35 year old man who shared with her his own experience of living with HIV/AIDS since he was born encouraged her and told her that with a balanced diet and good hygiene one can live until old age. This was streaming from the fact that she was so scared that she was to die soon because her stepmother had told her that she will soon die. Alot of counseling is still needed to enable her cope with the situation and also counseling to the step mother to enable her respect Akech and support her development. She smilingly promised to take better care of herself and to study hard to expect her hard life.

 

Akech remains grateful for the support that comes from the donors and she hopes that they continue to support her till she completes her education. “I wants to become a doctor when i grows up so I can treat young children who are like me”’.


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AUMA`s story.

Auma is a 13 years old girl without both parents. She was born to the late Atim and Okello. She has four siblings and hence they are a family of five children (2 boys and 3 girls) of whom only one goes to school and is in primary three and Auma who is in primary seven at attends Railway primary school a government owed school in Lira and stays with Robinah who had brought her from her village when she was still nine years old (9 Years Old) to baby sit for her child.

She appreciated Platform for Labour Action for supporting her education and for paying her tuition in time. During school monitoring visit, Auma reported that she is working very hard in Class and that y since “PLA started paying my school fees and meeting my scholastic need I am always in position one”. She said that some time she feel so proud of herself since most of her friends from good families do not even have all the scholastic materials like her which materials are is always being provided by PLA to her she said that she has never been sent home for fees, scholastic materials like books, sets, rulers and many others since she has been provided with by PLA. She said that she wants to be a teacher in future since teachers are good caring people to children who are needy and she also wants to do it to needy children in future when she became a teacher. She said that all her brothers and sisters are not schooling and they are in the village since they have no one to cater for their fees.

Apio her sister and their first born was taken away by a man unfortunately when their grandmother who used to stay with them in the village passed away January 2016 and Adok their youngest sister is the one heading their family. She appreciated Robinah so much for bringing her in town to take care of her child since it has made her to get this opportunity.

Administrative volunteer interacted with her class teacher and the class teacher is also the head teacher who reported that Auma is performs very well in all subjects. She is having hope of her getting distinctions in all subjects at her primary seven final examinations. He said that Auma is also very good in extra curriculum activities like girls’ football, cricket, and debates.


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From strength to strength!

Platform for labour action through the Global Giving Donors is providing support for a better future to 48 girls currently living in Lira district in Northern Uganda. The project provides support to war and HIV/AIDS  Orphaned girl  children and Children infected or affected by HIV/AIDs with school fees, counseling and scholastic materials such as books, pens, pencils, rulers, rubbers, school uniform, Toilet paper and mathematic set.

Home and school monitoring visit were made to the 48 girls homes and schools. Lira field office 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. The parents are further counseled to support the children both in and out of school.

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

SCHOOL VISITS

There were a number of 10 school monitoring visits that were held in the quarter; the visits were made to V.H Public school, Lango Quran primary school, Sir Samuel Joe primary school, Lira police primary school, King James secondary school, Ireda Primary school, Lira primary school, Ojwina primary school, Adyel primary school, Railways primary school and Otim Tom Primary School.

The school monitoring visits are made to monitor on the beneficiaries’ well-being and performance in both class and in school. The children were further encouraged to

The school monitoring visits gives PLA a chance to interact with  the beneficiaries` teachers since in most cases they are the ones that see the girls while they at school and have one or two things to mention about their performances.

 The school teachers also play big roles in shaping the children`s future especially when they teach get to understand the children`s vulnerabilities. The children are able to share their challenges with the teachers and this in turn makes the teachers

It also helps the beneficiaries to share the challenges they facing from both schools and their home.

This further enables PLA to know what the children needs are and what psychological support needed. The visits have also been instrumental in enabling the guardians of these children to understand the importance of having the children attend school. We have had challenges of some guardian taking the scholastic materials given to the beneficiaries to their own biological children. This has made the guardians appreciate their roles in bringing up the children as responsible citizens. They have been able to hand back the scholastic materials after having talks and counseling sessions with them.

SCHOLASTIC MATERIAL

Scholastic materials were given to all 48 on-going beneficiaries’ in the north. Scholastic materials given were books, pens, rulers, mathematics set, Toilet papers and pencils. These scholastic materials are given to ensure because some they are un able to access scholastic materials. And organization found out that even if they provide them with fees only without scholastic materials, they will not be in position to study well since they will be having materials to put information learnt from school

CANDIDATES

This year we have 14 children all girls in candidate classes and these attend the government owned schools under the universal Primary education programme. The candidates attend the following schools (3) Ireda primary school,, (2)Railway Primary School with 2 candidates, Ojwina Primary School with 2 candidates, (2)Lira Police (1) Otim Tom primary school (3)Lango Quran Primary school and (1) V.H public school. These children in Prmary Seven are all candidates and are performing very well  in their studies and  They are sitting for their examinations taking them to secondary schools i(the Uganda national examination board exams) in November 2016. They are requesting PLA to continue supporting their studies up to their Secondary Education Level.

HOME VISITS

4 homes visits were made to the girls Sharon, Salume Marion and Jenifer during the school holidays.

The visit made to Salume was to ensure that the situation at home had changed since previously she had overcome mistreatment and having to do all the household chores during schools holidays. The meetings revealed that she was now better treated and was allowed to have time to play like other children. Salume during the holidays had developed shores on her private parts.she is  infected by HIV/AIDS was advised to see a gynecologist  and she needs medical care to help her get well. There is also need for help to follow a particular diet.

Sharon

3 Home Visits that were made to Sharon  since before putting her back into school her guardian used to ask help around  selling alcohol, a business her guardian does. Help. It was established that the guardian had been told to leave his rental house until he is in position to pay and the Sharon is currently living with the Local Council leader the secretary for women of Lira until the situation at home stabilize them she will go back home. PLA has continued to monitor her situation and render all the necessary help needed to see her settle and enjoy her childhood.

COUNSELLING SESSIONS

47 children all girls were counseled during the reporting period.  They had experienced challenges including loss of the parents, mistreatment at home and lack of scholastic materials and uniforms. They were advised on how to deal the problems and the scholastic materials and school lunches were provided to enable them settle concentrate at school. Those whose guardians were mistreating them the guardians were approved and advised and all report a better living environment at home since the intervention.

HOILDAY EVENT 

During the first term holidays in May 16th 2016,PLA staff met with the beneficiaries to share ideas with the beneficiaries, Life experiences and their future dreams.

47 girls attended the holiday event and interacted with each other. The girls were able to play games like cricket, dodge ball and share ideas as they also promised to help each other out during the holidays in subjects that challenge them in class.

The primary girls agreed to meet and always revise their books and past papers during the holidays, this was after they had each shared the subjects that challenged them and they realized that at least one of them knew the subject better. These meetings enabled them to also form friendships from different schools and have appreciated their situations and learn that they can change their life situations.

They further requested PLA to avail them with clothes for after school since their precedence had ever been given clothes.

They also said that before their friends were being given clothes, they are requesting PLA to support them with clothes since it is their major challenges

The girls were able to share their dreams, one of the girls Akello from Adyel Primary School she aspires to work with the organization who helps children “since I have  suffered a lot before PLA intervened in my situation, I will also work hard to ensure that the children I am  helping feel good ”Thank you PLA for enabling me to finally go to school. “Please thank the sponsors for us.” Said  Akello.

During the school holiday, children girls will continue to have holiday events with more games and receive living materials such as sanitary pads from the organization. This helps in building the children`s self-esteem and confidence

ACHIEVEMENTS

The reporting period saw 48 beneficiaries having their school dues paid for the first quarter of the year. They were further provided with scholastic materials, all received home and school monitoring visits and 47 out of the 48 participated in the holiday events where games were played and friendships born.

The children further received counseling and psycho-social support.

Furthermore the 14 candidates were able to do their Mock exams in preparations for the Primary living exams and they all performed well in their exams.

CHALLENGES

Below are some sof the challenges faced by the beneciaries.

  • Some guardians are not providing meals for dinner forthe children when they go back from school. There was an incidence of Auma who had been denied food for three days and fainted on getting to school on Monday; this was so  because the guardian had travelled to their village leaving behind Auma who was not able to feed for her. The guardian was cautioned and she pledged to always respect the child and to take good care of her.
  • Whenever some children are sick, they are not being given medical care by theirto guardians. This is worsening by the older persons accusaing them of telling lies to escape help ou with house work. Some were sill  facing a lot of abuse from their guardians: For examples the guardians could teel them that I didn kill your mom, you are filling my toilet, and you need to marry since you have breast. This makes it hard for the children to concentrate at school due worries

CONCLUSION

 A number of activities were carried out in the three months of April, May and June that included provision of scholastic materials, counseling, school and home monitoring visits. They were given hope of a better future and they are also appreciative that PLA still supports them in school.

The primary seven beneficiaries have agreed to meet during the holidays to study as a team and further explain to explain the subjects and topics that they never understood while in class.

In the next quarter, the beneficiaries will continue to receive counseling; there will be school and home visits made and a holiday event where the girls will get to share their life experiences.

The children`s guardians will also be visited and encouraged to continue supporting the children. The children have continued to appreciate the donors and PLA for the support in enabling them attend an education. They are now more responsive in class and have improved concentration levels due to the food availed at school and also having their school fees paid so they don’t  sent home for school fees for  long periods of time due to non payments.

They children thank global giving for the opportunity to enable their donors support them. Thank you enabling us to have our childhoods’ reports Salome.

 


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Platform for Labour action with support from Global Giving is currently supporting 46 girls with school lunch, scholastic materials and physiological support in all aspects of their lives and are at school. The girls go to government owed schools of Lira primary school, Lira Modern primary school, Lira police primary school, Lango Quran primary school, Railways primary school, Adyel primary school, Eliaoulet Primary School,Otim Tom Primary School, V.H primary School ,Ojwina primary school, and Ireda primary School . “Educate 200 War and HIV/AIDS Orphaned Ugandan Girls” is a project that has given hope and a better future through education to more than 200 beneficiaries in northern Uganda, despite the hardships endured due to the absence of their biological parents who they lost either to HIV/AIDS or the 21 years long LRA rebel war. The girls have continued to show committed and love for education to attain a better future especially through the support in education and counseling that they are rendered throughout the project. Below is a detailed account of these project activities carried out in the months January, February and March 2016. LUNCH PAYMENT This quarter, lunch fees payment of UGX 2,696,500 (Two million six hundred ninety six and five hundred shillings) was made to the different schools that PLA beneficiaries attend. The payment was made to enable the beneficiaries have lunch at the different schools they go to. Because of this the beneficiaries have concentrated more in their school and are not worried about hunger due to lack offood, reports from the various schools show that the beneficiaries are attending classes on a regular basis. This will enable them realize their right to education. SCHOOL MONITORING VISITS 10 school monitoring visits were made this quarter to different schools that were inclusive of Lira Primary School, Lira Modern Primary School, Lira Police Primary School, Lango Quran Primary School, Railways Primary School, Adyel Primary School, Eliaoulet Primary School, Otim Tom Primary School, V.H Primary School, Ojwina primary school, and Ireda Primary School. The visits were made on a basis where at least the children are met three (3) times in a week to encourage the beneficiaries and monitor their progress in class performance. The visits also involved one on one meeting with the teachers like Head Master and class teacher concerning the children’s welfare and the teachers were requested and trained to support and guide the children majority of whom are girls while at school. The teachers reported that the children are reading harder because the term was for a short period due to the presidential elections in the country that saw schools opening latter than usual The beneficiaries were encouraged to study and work hard and to always do their best to become better people and achieve their dreams. During the discussion with the teachers, it was also realized that some girls come late to class and when they speak to them they end up in tears. This called for more counseling to the beneficiaries and asking them to open up and speak to their teachers in case of help and support.The teachers were also encouraged to make the schools more children friendly though enabling child protection mechanisms and supporting children to remain in schools through using Film, dance and drama and mainstreaming children`s rights in all their programs. COUNSELING 30 PLA beneficiaries were counseled during the reporting period. They were offered psychosocial support through school and home monitoring visits. During the different sessions, both during school and home monitoring visits, PLA has encouraged the girls to share their life experience and seek help whenever they are faced with problems. The parents and guardians were spoken too and encouraged to always support the children under their care despite having limited resources. They were cautioned about engaging children into child labour and making the children miss out on school on the large part of the term. The PLA administrator lira who himself was a former child soldier and having lived in camps and having lost both his parents due the war in the Northern part of Uganda, shared his person life experiences with the girls which encouraged them to also work hard so they can get out of their current situations in future. They children were encouraged and pledged to invest their time in education for a better future. HOMES MONITORING VISITS 3 home visits were made to Akello, Adongo and Obii and it was realized that the welfare of some girls had improved though Akello was still made to work overtime by her guardians. During the home visits, all girls shared that they were engaged in activities like helping their guardians in the gardens and in doing house chores. Beneficiaries Story- Akkelo`s story During the home visit, it was discovered that one of the beneficiaries Akello was having problems with her guardian who required her to work in the garden before going to school has caused her a lot problems and made her performance poor in class. She reported that before going to class, she first has to go to the garden and later to school at around 10:00am which is very late hence missing the first lessons. She added that she did not get time to revise her books or even copy notes for the lessons missed because after school she has to sell alcohol for her step mother. During the interactions with her aunt, she was unrepentant and promise to punish her for reporting by making her to plant all the cassava stems very early in the morning before going to school. She was counseled and cautioned. She was taught about good principles of child protection and she promised change During the second home monitoring visit, Okello`s living conditions had improved with the aunt having stopped to involve her in digging during the week and she reported that she no longer sells alcohol She only digs during weekends and on a small piece of land as compared to before. She was very happy for the intervention and promised to now concentrate on her school and PLANNED ACTIVITIES FOR NEXT QUARTER • Monitor progress and performance of the beneficiaries through conducting school and home visits • Offer physiological support and counseling • Provide scholastic materials. • Provide school lunch. CONCLUSION Despite the trying lives these girls endour they have continued to thrive under their school environment and many are among the best students in their respective schools due to the meals and materials provided. The guardians reported a relief and gratitude to the donors for enabling them get hope for these poor children. The girls reported that without education those around 13 years of age would have been forced into early marriages. .

Akech is a 13 year old girl who goes to Ireda Primary School and is currently in Primary Six.She was orphaned in 2010 when her father Opio died and her mother Ajok followed a suit in 2011 due to HIV/AIDS. Unfortunately Akech herself was born infected by HIV/AIDS. Her father had two wives and when her mother died in 2011 leaving her and her elder brother Andrew living with their stepmother who also have three other children of her own all young than Aketh. She loves school and the learning and studying it accords her. Her best subject is Science out of all the four subjects the she takes including Math, Science, Social Studies and Religious Education.

 

At the end of the year 2015 examination she was in the 15th position out of 183 pupils in her class During the first monitoring visit this year, her stepmother was requiring her to first help out in the restaurant which she runs before she can go to school. This was making Akech so tired to concentrate on her studies. She had also developed wounds on some of her body parts which require medical attention. Akech was encouraged and counseled to remain strong and endure as with continued treatment she will be pain free. Examples of many young adults were shared with her and a testimony from a 35 year old man who shared with her his own experience of living with HIV/AIDS since he was born encouraged her and told her that with a balanced diet and good hygiene one can live until old age. This was streaming from the fact that she was so scared that she was to die soon because her stepmother had told her that she will soon die. Alot of counseling is still needed to enable her copy with the situation and also counseling to the step mother to enable her respect Akech and support her development.

She smilingly promised to take better care of herself and to study hard to expect her hard life. ‘Akech remains grateful for the support that comes from the donors and she hopes that they continue to support her till she completes her education. “I want to become a doctor when i grows up so I can treat young children who are like me”. Says Akech

 

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