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.
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.