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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

WE ARE NOT THE SAME AGAIN BECAUSE OF YOU

“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 100 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 a better future especially through the support in education and counseling that they are rendered with through the project.

Below is a detailed account of these project activities carried out in the months October, November and December 2015

SCHOOL MONITORING VISITS

16 school monitoring visits were this quarter made to the different schools that were inclusive of Lira Modern primary school, Lango Quran Primary school, Adyel Primary school, Lira parents Primary School, Sir Samuel primary school, Canon Lawrence primary school and Lira primary school. The visits were made on a daily basis.

This quarter the beneficiaries studied harder as they had to seat for their promotional examinations to the next class, the primary seven girls were very happy to finally seat their primary leaving examinations and were very excited to that they all look forward to scoring first grade so as to get the best secondary schools where they can attain their dreams.

The primary leaving examinations are a gate pass for the beneficiaries to another level of education.

To excel in their examinations, the beneficiaries are consulted with their class and subject teachers as they also revised some of the old examinations papers of mock and past examinations done.

The visits were to also made to encourage the girls and monitor their progress, their class notes and exercises that they have been carrying out

During the visits, PLA program Assistant advised the beneficiaries to study and work hard to become better people as well as have a better life in future.

PRIMARY SEVEN BENEFICARIES

In the month of November were had over 7 girls that sat their primary leaving examinations, they received encouragement/success cards that were received through their schools.

The cards to the beneficiaries show a sign of love to them from the organization, the girls especially Brenda expressed, I was so happy when my teacher called me out to receive my success card, I thought no one would do that for me, I showed it my friends and held on to it for over 2 days, happily shared Brenda.

As part of support to the beneficiaries, the girls get to share their fears and desires, this was one of the desires fulfilled.

COUNSELING

19 PLA beneficiaries were this quarter counseled and talked to by PLA staff and especially PLA program Assistant who pays them visits both at school and at home.

As the year came to an end, a lot was expected to happen especially since there is a long school holidays coming up.

Some of the girls were scared that during the school holiday they would be over worked while others will be forced to get married. During the different sessions both during the school and home monitoring visits, the organizations has encouraged the girls to share how the feel openly.

A case in point is that of Awino who shared that at one point one of her uncles came home and told her guardians that there is a rich man in the village who is interested in marrying her, she cried a lot when she was asked what her thoughts were, she then shared her story with PLA program Assistant who called both the guardians Mr. and Mrs. Alunga. The guardians did share that the offer was tempting since they have over 9 children to take care of; they were advised at PLA office to take into consideration Awino’s decision and future.

Awino is still continuing with school and the guardians have too promised to support her as she studies.

PLA is to continue talking to both the guardians and the girls with more emphasis on the need for the girls’ education.

 PLANNED ACTIVITIES FOR NEXT YEAR

In the year 2016, we continue to ask for your continuous support to the girls to make them better people in life, the education that the girls receive especially because of your support, has prevented them from evils of early marriage and exploitation.

As 2016 continues, we will continue to monitor the progress of the girls, provide them to physiological support, scholastic materials and school lunch at the different schools within Lira district in northern Uganda.

 

OBII’S STORY

13 years old Obii has been promoted to primary seven 7 in Omito Primary School, she was born to the late Omara and Akot their father died in 2002 and left her 15 year old bother in charge of the now family of 4.

Obii is in a child headed family.

Despite the hardships associated with child headed families, her dream is to become a nurse and science is her best and favorite subject.

 

“I love going to school because I get to learn new things and also meet my friends”, shared Obii

Obii’s brother Nelson was trained by a certain Organization welt hanger on how to make charcoal stove, this is what the family is now depending on for survival, “my brother makes the stove and after selling them, that’s when we can have money and get food to eat, but the main challenge is that he never has more money to buy materials to make more charcoal stove since all the money is always finished in buying home necessities, that’s when he starts to beg again for us to have something to eat”, narrated Obii.

Obii`s other brother and sister are not in school because there is hardly money to take care of them so all they do is play at home with assistance from well-wishers for survival.

Obii hopes to one day complete school and support her family as she is the only who was lucky enough to get scholarship.

“I will help my young ones and also support my elder brother when I finish school, I am their only hope” mentioned Obii.

Obii is happy for the support that she continues to get from the donors and she says she will continue to pray so that God will provide through them.

 

 


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SUMMARISED REPORT

 

“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 150 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.

As the project continues to support girls in Lira many have through the organization’s connection and physiological support managed to have successful lives, as they got scholarship to higher levels of education while others have been enrolled in vocational institutions around lira district.

Many girls still need the support of the organization for a basic foundation in education that will help them become better citizens with a brighter future

 

SCHOOL MONITORING VISITS

16 school monitoring visits were this quarter made to PLA beneficiaries. The girls were visited in their different schools of Lira parents, Lira Police primary school, Lango Quran primary school, Sir Samuel Joe primary school, Adyel primary school, railways primary school, Ireda primary school and Lira modern primary school among others.

The girls have continued to actively participate in the school activities such as playing netball and joining the debate club. In preparation for the end of year sports day, the girls have also in their different colors participated in athletics, They Girls continue to portray good behavior as reported by their teachers and some of the guardian that PLA has interacted with

 

COUNSELING

ALL the current PLA beneficiaries were this quarter counseled and talked to by PLA staff and especially PLA program Assistant and the administrative volunteer who was once PLA’s school beneficiary, He has also been sharing his experiences as a beneficiary of the project and what he did to make him successful today.

 

The girls have been encouraged to study hard because then it’s easy to get for them support for especially the different schools in Lira who especially provide support based on a student’s performance in either class or sports.

 

CALL FOR MORE SUPPORT

Many girls are still out forced to marry at an early age, forced to work beyond their means, because there is no one to support them into a better education, some of the girls continue to visit the office of Platform for Labour action to get into the program but Limited support is provided hence not all of them can benefit from it.

 

I therefore call all the well wishes to support these girls’s education; it will make their better future.

 

CONCLUSION

As the primary seven beneficiaries prepare for their primary seven examinations, there is need to plan for how they will continue to receive support in secondary school, the girls have worked hard to improve their performance so as to join secondary school.

 

PLA will continue to support the girls in providing them with physiological support, scholastic materials and school lunch. Monitoring visits to both the schools and homes will be carried out to analyze the progress of the girls in their performance at home and at school; this will ascertain what more support the girls will need.

 

More girls are going to be identified and introduced to the project to with the support from Global Giving donors and well wishers.

 

Platform for Labour action with support from Global Giving is currently supporting 30 girls with school lunch, scholastic materials and physiological support in all aspects of their lives. The girls go to government owed schools of Lira primary school, Lira Modern primary school, Lira police primary school, Ireda primary school, St Mary’s primary school, Lango Quran primary school, Railways primary school, Adyel primary school, Canon Lawrence primary school, Lira Parents’ primary school and Sir Samuel Joe nursery and 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 100 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.

Below is a detailed account of these project activities carried out in the months July, August and September 2015

 

SCHOOL MONITORING VISITS

16 school monitoring visits were this quarter made to PLA beneficiaries. The girls were visited in their different schools of Lira parents, Lira Police primary school, Lango Quran primary school, Sir Samuel Joe primary school, Adyel primary school, railways primary school, Iredah primary school and Lira modern primary school among others.

The girls have continued to actively participate in the school activities such as playing netball and joining the debate club. In preparation for the end of year sports day, the girls have also in their different colors participated in athletics, They Girls continue to portray good behavior as reported by their teachers and some of the guardian that PLA has interacted with

 

COUNSELING 

All the current PLA beneficiaries were this quarter counseled and talked to by PLA staff and especially PLA program Assistant and the administrative volunteer who was once PLA’s school beneficiary, He has also been sharing his experiences as a beneficiary of the project and what he did to make him successful today.

The girls have been encouraged to study hard because then it’s easy to get for them support for especially the different schools in Lira who especially provide support based on a student’s performance in either class or sports.

 

 

BENEFICIARIES’ STORIES

Awor’ story

14 years old Monika studies in primary six at Lira primary school. Monika is born to the late Caroline and Godfrey who passed on in 2009 and 2013; she was left in the care of her maternal aunty Gloria who tries to give her basic needs to her capacity.

Monika`s journey;

Monika day starts at 5:00am as she has to clean the house wash the utensils and put food on the fire, after which she gets ready for school by 6:30am, while at school Monika starts to revise her books as she waits for the teachers and also interacts with some of her friends Fatuma and Alice.

“When I get to school, I find my friends who we share with what happened at home, I enjoy their stories as they always have interesting things to say, they all stay with both their parents,” shared Monika.

Monika may not be mistreated at home, but she doesn’t get the same attention as she would get from her own parents.

“My aunty has a lot of responbilities and her husband doesn’t help her in paying school fees, that’s why I get sent away from school because of unpaid dues, its because of this that I got the scholarship from PLA,” explained Monika.

In her midterm examination, Monika managed to score in the 65th position out of 178 pupils in her class.

 

Her favorite subject is still remains math’s, though she says that its getting harder for her, she was therefore advised to seek the assistance of her teachers who were willing to help.

Monika dream is to become an accountant; she enjoys counting and believes that being an accountant is about figures, she wants to work in a bank when she finishes school.

To PLA and the Donors, Monika remains thankfully but also continues to pray that she will get funding that will help her finalize school and she can’t rely entirely on her aunty.

 

 

LUCY’S STORY

14years old Lucy is now in primary six at Lango Quran primary school in Lira district. She was born to the late Okello and Awor

At the moment Lucy is under the care of her uncle Ogwal who is a cobbler in Lira town.

“My uncle’s wife died so I am now the oldest at home, I take care of my 2 sisters and her 3 children too,” explained Lucy.

There are 6 children in this family with Lucy being the eldest and the youngest being her uncle 8 year old son Emmanuel.

“My uncle struggles a lot for the family and he has managed to give us food every day at home though the difficulty is now in managing our school as he hardly has money for school fees and our scholastic materials such and books and pens”, explained Lucy.

Lucy and her siblings are always up by 5:30am, they jointly clean the house and utensils after which they all go to school, Lucy‘s role at home is to ensure that food is ready when she gets back home after school.

 

It’s tiresome for me to do all these things and I don’t see them as mistreatment but it becomes very hard for me to read my books or concentrate while at home, at school and also so tired.

PLA has taken Lucy through some sessions of counseling and advice on how she, her uncle and her siblings can share responsibilities so that the entire burden is not upon her. The guardian has been positively helping though there is still need for more intervention for Lucy to excel in school.

Lucy’s dream is to become a nurse; she believes nurses have saved several people’s lives which she too wants to do.

Lucy remains grateful to PLA and the donors for the support that they have sent her, she continues to humbly seek assistance for her siblings too who spend most of their time at home.

CALL FOR MORE SUPPORT

 Many girls are still out forced to marry at an early age, forced to work beyond their means, because there is no one to support them into a better education, some of the girls continue to visit the office of Platform for Labour action to get into the program but Limited support is provided hence not all of them can benefit from it.

 

CONCLUSION

As the primary seven beneficiaries prepare for their primary seven examinations, there is need to plan for how they will continue to receive support in secondary school, the girls have worked hard to improve their performance so as to join secondary school.

PLA will continue to support the girls in providing them with physiological support, scholastic materials and school lunch. Monitoring visits to both the schools and homes will be carried out to analyze the progress of the girls in their performance at home and at school; this will ascertain what more support the girls will need.

More girls are going to be identified and introduced to the project with the support from Global Giving donors, they future can be bright.


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Akullo was born to the late Onyanga and Akello in Aromo sub county Lira district.
Currently she stays with her uncle Mr. Otim and his wife Alobo in Barogole under Lira municipality in Lira district

Her parents died while she was in primary two at Lira central primary school, `After my parents dying all our property was taken by our relatives and according to my uncle the bank also took some things like land, My father was rich but after his death we began to suffer and had almost nothing`.

`My mother died when I was 2 years old, according to my uncle, my father also died of the same disease HIV/AIDS, my father refused to take his medication and because of that he died early and we are now suffering.` sadly narrated Akullo.

The uncle has a family of 9 people comprising of 2 adults and 7 children and they all stay in a 2 roomed house with some of the children sleeping in the sitting room, “I sometimes sleep on the chairs, the first person to get to the room is the one who sleeps on the mattress that’s placed on the floor since we have no beds”, shared Akullu.

Akullu is on good terms with her uncle but her aunty lobo does not like her, The aunt calls her names ”that am so stupid and because of that she doesn’t want me at her place since her children also don’t have school fees”.

According to Dolly one day she failed to fetch water since she didn’t feel well, and because of this her aunty beat her up so badly that she injured her knees and up to date she can’t move properly due to the beating.
“After my aunty beat me up, she was taken to police by my uncle, but she was forgiven after sometime, she has also tried to change now”, explained Dolly.

After the injury, PLA took Dolly to Adina rehabilitation center in Lira, it provides rehabilitation services to mainly children in Lira district free of charge.
We hope to see a change in Dolly in the coming months as her rehabilitation process had begun with the organization.

Like other beneficiaries, Dolly’s best time is when she is at school since she gets the freedom to play and also have lunch with her friends.


“I really appreciate the support that I get from the organization, I pray God blesses the people who send us scholastic materials and fees”, expressed Dolly.


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