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 go to. The payment was made to enable the beneficiaries have lunch at the different schools they go. 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.
GIRLS CONTINOUS PERFORMANCE IN CLASS
The girls continue to perform to their best. Kadija Nebilla managed to score in 1st grade at Lango Quran primary school while Ejang Fibby and Enang Morine managed to score in 2nd grade at Sir Samuel Nursery and primary school, Achola Sumaya too scored in 2nd grade at Adyel primary school. With the mentioned grade, the girls have hopes to performing even better in their final examinations.
Other beneficiaries like Aguti Gloria, Ayugi Ketty, and Esther Apili 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 better in order to reach 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 another 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 thing that the program Assistant realized is that some beneficiaries have this quarter moved to others schools like Apio Cinderella who is now in Ogur. The reason for their leaving is that that the beneficiaries have been convinced during the holidays that the schools are not of standard yet this is a trick by some guardian to get these girls out of their homes. A follow up is being made in such cases.
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 I asked the beneficiaries, was if they had leant new things during the studies and they had. As this was demonstrated in some of the exercises that’s they had carried out after the lessons.
CALL FOR MORE SUPPORT
This quarter PLA program Assistant managed to talk to more than 5 guardians about the girls under their care; this was after talking to a number of girls that had issues the way they are treated in their different homes.
One of the guardians Musa Opaka has agreed to contribute 100,000 to the education of Epilla Faridah who is now in senior one at Lira Town College. With this amount, she remains with a balance of 150,000 which she is requesting the donors and Platform for Labour Action to support her with.
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, I will continue to identify organizations that support 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.