QUARTERLY REPORT FOR MONTH OCTOBER, NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER 2014.
COMPILED BY SUSAN EJANG – PROGRAM ASSISTANT LIRA
Platform for Labour action with support from Global Giving is currently supporting 26 girls with school lunch, scholastic materials and physiological support in all aspects of their lives. The girls go to government owned primary schools; Lira primary school, Lira Modern primary school, Lira police primary school, Elia Olet primary school, Starch Factory primary school, Lango Quran primary school, King James 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 Lords’ Resistance Army(LRA) rebel war.
Below is a detailed account of these project activities carried out in the months of July, August and September 2014.
Lunch fees payment
This quarter, lunch fees payment of 810, 800 were 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 education that worrying about hunger and food, reports from the various schools show that the beneficiaries are attending classes on a regular basis.This will enable them realise their right to education.
GIRLS CONTINOUS PERFORMANCE IN CLASS
The girls continue work hard at school as it provides the only hope for them. Nebilla managed to score in 1st grade at Lango Quran primary school while Fibby and Morine managed to score in 2nd grade at Sir Samuel Nursery and primary school, Sumaya too scored in 2nd grade at Adyel primary school in their mock examinations. With the mentioned grade, the girls have hopes to performing even better in their final examinations.
Other beneficiaries like Gloria, Ketty, and Epilla are still trying their best in catching up, during the school term holidays the girls continued to have holiday studies, and this was so they can improve on their performance in order to achieve their dreams.
School monitoring visits
35 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 Lawerence primary school and Lira primary school. The visits were made on a daily basis.
This quarter the beneficiaries are studying harder as they prepare for their end of year examinations for the pupils in primary 5 and 6 while the pupils in primary 7 are studying hard to perform better in their primary Leaving examinations.
The primary leaving examinations are a gate pass for the beneficiaries to go to secondary school level of education.
To excel in their examinations, the beneficiaries are consulting with their class and subject teachers as they also revise some of the old examinations papers of mock examinations.
The visits were to also find out the beneficiaries fears, encourage them and monitor their class notes and exercises that they have been carrying out.
During the visits one major changes that the program Assistant realized was that some beneficiaries moved to others schools for instance Cinderella moved to a new school Ogur. The reason for this change is schools could be that the guardians want to stop supporting these children. Follow up are being done to establish the actual facts.
Made 4 home visits to beneficiaries, this was a follow up visit to the beneficiaries who had been going to the school for holiday studies, one of the questions that was whether beneficiaries had learnt any new things during their studies and they all reported great improvement in their learning. This was demonstrated by the good grades obtained from their lessons.
CALL FOR MORE SUPPORT
This quarter PLA program Assistant managed to talk to 5 guardians concerning the girls under their care; this was after talking to a number of girls who had had problems with the way their guardians were treating them while at home.
One of the guardians Opaka as a result of talking to the Programme Assistant PLA agreed to contribute Uganda Shillings UGX 100,000 to the education of Epilla who is now in senior one at Lira Town College. With this support, she still need UGX 150,000 approximately 60 dollars to support her with school fees for the term. She is requesting the donors and Platform for Labour Action for support to enable her meet her school fees requirements.
BENEFICARIES SEATING THEIR PRIMARY LEAVING EXAMINATIONS
7 beneficiaries will this year seat their Primary Leaving examinations in November.
For the beneficiaries that will complete primary Level, PLA will continue to seek your support for the children especially girls in secondary and university level, as well as also continue to search call for proposals in the same category.
All the primary seven beneficiaries will receive success cards; this will be motivation for them to do their best knowing that there are people that care about them and their education
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 thus, they will have a holiday event in December to personally share with PLA Staff their personal issues and the support that they will need.