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

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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Platform for labour action through the Global Giving Donors is providing support for a better future to 48 girls currently leaving in Lira district. 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 set.

Through the home monitoring visit and school monitoring visit, Administrative volunteer 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.

In this quarter a number of activities were carried out that included payment of fees for the whole term, counseling, school and home visits to the beneficiaries, Holidays event organized by the office to carry out activities like storytelling and sharing among friends that day. Below are therefore the activities carried out in-depth in the three months of October, November and December.

REPORT FOR GLOBAL GIVING

48 beneficiaries in different schools in lira District 12 are total orphans and child headed families and 34 are affected by war they are also staying at child headed family. 2 of them are affected with HIV/AIDS. All these beneficiaries are Girls. The schools where they are schooling includes some ;Ireda primary school, V.H primary school, Lango Quran Primary School, primary school, Railways primary school and Ojwina primary school, Otim Tom Primary School, Adyel Primary School, Sir Samuel Joe Primary School, Lira Primary School

 

ACTIVITIES CARRIED OUT UNDER THIS PROJECT

Fees payment

The school fees for the 48 children in primary schools has been paid totaling Two million seven hundred sixty Eight thousand one hundred Uganda shilling only( UGX 2,768,100/=).

Home monitoring visits were made to all 48 beneficiaries, out of 48 beneficiaries, 12 were found being mistreated by their guardians. They are being mistreated through over working them, using Insulting them leading to their reporting late to work  Both children  and their guardians were counseled to improve their conditions at home

Case stories.

 

Sharon a 12 years old schooling at V.H Public School who was taken by her guardian Omara to Tororo to work as house girl and the guardian were being paid 50,000= monthly. When the PLA staff  went to school for monitoring visit, he found that Sharon was not at school for two weeks. He started making a follow up with the school Administration. When he went where Sharon was staying, there was no clear information where the child was, PLA staff reported the case of lost beneficiary at the Central police station case number 10/20/09/2016 he worked together with the community Liaising officer and he found that the child was taken to Tororo to work as a house girl. An order was made from Lira central police station to Tororo and both the child and the employer was arrested and the child was released to come to Lira with the expense of the employer. And she was taken back to school

When Sharon came back, she said that she was having hard life and she was being over worked. One of the pastor from Presbyterian church sacrifices to offer Sharon accommodation since her former guardiance denied taking care of her claiming that she also adopted Sharon from her late grandmother who was not even her relative. She said that we should look for her relative and we resettle her to them since she is ready to keep Sharon as she also has a lot of responsibility

Sharon’s Story

She said that she is very ok and she is very happy that when she came back they took her back to primary four but she again passed to primary five though she was out of school for some good week doing domestic work. She said that she wants to be a doctor. She thanks the organization for rescuing her again from domestic work

 

Adur’s story

Adur's a 14 years old pupil from Lira Police Primary School. She completed her primary seven last year, she is very happy  of her being supported by PLA for her education, she said that she is very sure of passing to secondary since she is not expecting to fail any papers. She said that she want to Join Tororo Girls for her senior one.

She said that she want to be a lawyer

she said that in all their village, she is tho most educated lady who stopped in primary five, the second most educated lady is acen grace who is representing women in amononeno parish in abako sub county who stopped in primary six

Her guardian(Amony Susan) she is not related to Adur her baby seater,  said that Elisabeth is so respectful during this her long vacation, she does not like moving any how like othe children. She said that since PLA rescued Adur from her hand when she was her baby seater, she has never woken up one day to tell her to absent herself from school. She said that only that she had no money to pay Elisabeth’s fees that is why PLA found her looking at her child. She said that she has no jealous even with Elisabeth though all her four children are not schooling due to financial problem, God bless people differently might be God had planned that Elizabeth was going to get the way to education through being a baby seater at her home.

Challenges experiencing in this family

Susan is a widow, he husband Okidi died on road accident in 2013 since she was a market traveler. He died and left Susan with four children and Susan was not operating any business. Susan is now working as Municipal cleaner earning Thirty thousand Uganda shilling  (UGX 30,000 per month) she said that this money cannot pay rent, school fees, buy feeds, medical attention and that is why her children are no longer going to school. She also requested PLA through Administrative Volunteer Samuel Odoingo if possible they help her to educate her children

 

MONITORING VISITS AT SCHOOLS

Monitoring visits to the schools where beneficiaries were placed within Lira Municipality were done to check on their academic performances; All schools were monitored and the children are given consideration to enable them continue with school. The teachers now understand their situations are engaged to support these children in order to create a conducive environment for the children to learn and enjoy their childhood,.        

REPORT CARDS FOR SECOND TERM 2016

All 37 beneficiaries were able to get their report cards and they brought it at the office

Only 37 brought their report cards because 11 females sat for primary leaving examination board and they are waiting for their results

According to their report cards brought in the office,35 of them managed perform very well and they were promoted to the next class and two of them were not being promoted.

Sarah  was not promoted and attributed the poor performance to  the hardship at home like not getting enough food and would prefer to be taken to a boarding school. She requested the organization to help them with lunch  and dinner though they will not be given supper by their  guardians. They are requesting office to allow them starts boarding from primary six to allow them perform very well likes others since they are missing evening and early morning lessons

 

HOLIDAYS ACTIVITIES

Beneficiaries were met in the office during holidays and psychological support was also given to them. All the beneficiaries went when they were ok since they were being encouraged ansd supported to enjoy their children and to access education and extra school activities like football and netball.

Beneficiaries promised that they will be have very well at home  during this holidays. They said that in case of any problem, they will report direct to  PLA office office for assistant

Beneficiaries were also able to share what they will be doing at home during Long holidays at their home Among themselves.

Main Holidays Events/activities which combine all the beneficiaries is arranged to be on the 28th January 2017 in Lira office where all the beneficiaries will attend to.

COUNSELLING SESSIONS

All the girls (48) that were counseled. The girls  appreciated the counseling sessions and they all agreed that they needed the help of the organization in terms of more counseling to move on to the next level.

Most of them said that they have hope of good future since platform is helping them

They said that they are sure of their good future since PLA sponsor their beneficiaries till they finish their studies and also they give work to their beneficiaries. They gave clear example of Odomgo who is now working with PLA yet he was like one of the children affected by war having lost both his parents due to work and yet he studied due to donors from global giving and now works at PLA.

NEW BENEFICARIES

VARIFICATION OF NEW BENEFICIARIES

New beneficiaries which were identified in September has been verified and they will be placed into schools in first term 2017 starting February.

A number of 70 new beneficiaries were verified in the North and they will be placed in the verified school in the north.

SUCCESS STORIES

Apio  14 years old girl who goes to school at Ojwina Primary School who completed her primary seven in 2016, she appreciated PLA for supporting her education, she said that she never expected to reach primary seven. She was a baby sweater who had stopped studying in primary four and PLA rescued her from child labour, rehabilitated and resettled her with her relatives before enrolling her back into school .  She is very proud of her self since she has always been the first in position in all her classes. She is also expecting to be the best when the result comes back since she has been the best in their school.

She is still working hard to become a Lawyer; “ I appreciate the people out there who sacrifice their money and resources and to PLA their time to ensure children like me also attend school” I want to be a lawyer so that I can also help children in situations like I was in. Thank you our sponsors”. Said Opio

 

CHALLENGES FACED BY CHILDREN

  • Most of our beneficiaries are not in the boarding section and yet there are night lessons at school and their class  teachers always refuses to explain to them the night lesson tough in the morning since they do not  attend the  night classes. Primary six (semi candidates) and  seven (candidates) are the most affected beneficiaries who are not getting access to night lesson and notes
  • Children are neglect by their guardians and do not offer proper parental guidance they only provide proper attention to their biological children. PLA continues to carry out home monitoring visits to these beneficiaries and providing them with psychological support and talking with the guardian about the welfare of the children.
  • Children lose their scholastic materials since some of their guardian tends to confiscate their scholastic materials and give them to their biological children. PLA staff solved this problem by meeting with these guardians and after their meeting, these guardians were able to return back all their scholastic materials. The affected beneficiaries whom their guardians confiscate their scholastic materials and gave them to their biological children are Apio, Atino, and Auma
  •  Many of the Children lack self confidence when they are among other pupils at school which affects their performance and self-expression. This is so because eof their person experiences  and doing a lot of household chores once they get back to their homes. PLA can overcome these problem by constant monitoring and giving them self-confidence and also to talk to their guardians against over working them

 

ACTION TAKEN BY PLA

  • Children are taken through counseling to strengthen them psychologically in attaining self confidence.
  • Regular visits to the schools are being made by the PLA staff to check on the progress and performance of the children.
  • School fees has been paid in time to enable them concentrate in class as they will not be sent home /office to look for fees
  • 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.
  • Home monitoring visit has been made to check on their status at home and also to counsel them in case of problems as this strengthen them psychologically.
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Sharon a 12 years old schooling at V.H Public School lost both her parents to HIV/AIDS  and stayed staying  with her guardian called Omara who started mistreating her and sent her to work in a district district in Tororo still within Uganda. When the administrative volunteer went to school for monitoring visit, he found that Sharon was not at school for two weeks. He started making a follow up with the school Administration. When he went tho where Sharon was staying, there was no clear information where the child was, Samuel Odongo reported the case of lost beneficiary at the Central police station case number 10/20/09/2016 he worked together with  the community Liaosining officer and he found that the child was taken to tororo to work as a house girl. An order was made from Lira central police station to Tororo and both the child and the employer was arrested and the child was released to come to Lira with the expense of the employer. And she was taken back to school

When Sharon came back, she said that she was having hard life and she was being over worked. One of the pastor from Presbyterian church sacrifices to offer Sharon accommodation since her former guardiance denied taking care of her claiming that she also adopted Sharon from her late grandmother who was not even her relative. She said that we should look for her relative and we resettle her to them since she is ready to keep Sharon as she also has a lot of responsibility

Sharon’s Storry

She said that she is very ok and she is very happy that when she came back they took her back to primary four but she again passed to primary five though she was out of school for some good week doing domestic work. She said that she wants to be a doctor. 

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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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