Educate 200 War & HIV/AIDS-Orphaned Ugandan Girl

by Platform for Labour Action (PLA)

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 owed schools of 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.

SCHOOL MONITORING VISITS

9 school visits were made to the schools of: Lira Modern Primary school, Sir Samuel Joe nursery, Lira parents’ primary school, Lango Quran Primary school and Adyel primary school, Railways primary school,

The visits were made to ensure that they had all resumed with their studies in their respective schools. During the visits, PLA staff advised the beneficiaries to study and work hard to become better citizens as well as have a better life in future.

During the visit, the girls also shared with PLA staff some of the activities that they were engaged in during the holidays. Most of the girls were as a norm in their villages visiting their grandparents as well as other relatives; other beneficiaries were also engaged in farming despite the dry season. 

PRIMARY SEVEN RESULTS

This quarter we were able to receive primary leaving examination results of the 8 girls that sat their examinations last  on 4th and 5th November 2013, the girls were inclusive of Awor Asha, Apolot Mercy, Akoli Frida, Aceng Dorcus, Apio Holga, Epilla Farida, Amodo Sandra and Akullu Elizabeth all belonging 5 different primary schools within Lira.

Though there was fear and tension from the girls on how good their performance would be, the girls managed to maintain first and second grades which means that the girls are ready to join another level; of school (secondary education).

Some of the results of the girls were also follows;

  1. Awor Asha 14 Aggregates
  2. Epila Faridah 24 Aggregates
  3. Akullo Elizabeth 24 Aggregates
  4. Amodo Sandra 22 Aggregates
  5. Apolot Mercy 20 Aggregates
  6. Akoli Frida 18 Aggregates
  7. Aceng Dorcus 28 Aggregates
  8. Apio Holga 19 Aggregates

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 began some of the beneficiaries had problems related to their guardians as some of the girls were to be taken as baby sitters while 2 of the girls were being forced into marriage at an early age. With intervention from PLA the girls are back to school with willingness to study hard.

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

CALL FOR MORE SUPPORT

Due to the need to perform better and study without  destruction, the schools that the beneficiaries go to have recommended that the girls especially the ones in primary seven and primary six to joining the boarding section, that way they will be able to read and study with enough support from the teachers at all that time.

They will also be able to make friends and spend time getting new ideas from both the friend and the teachers at all times as well as food which is the biggest challenge that most of the girls face in their homes

CONCLUSION

Despite the challenges faced by the beneficiaries due to increase in the costs of living, they have still managed to start school with interest to work hard.

This year the beneficiaries will need school lunch, scholastic materials and continuous counseling. 7 girls this year will also seat their primary leaving examinations and their schools demand they join the boarding sections so that they are able to benefit from the extra lessons.

PLA and the beneficiaries remain grateful to the support that is received through global giving; this support has given hope to a better future to many girls in the region.

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This project continues to make a big difference in the lives of the girls that are getting
the support and this has eased their access to education that has in turn built their self-esteem through their continuous counselling from Platform for Labour Action.

MONITORING VISITS

14 monitoring visits were made in this quarter both in school and the different homes that beneficiaries leave in. 20 girls were reached during the school visits well as 7 girls were reached during the home visits made. During the school visits the beneficiaries were encouraged to perform better and read hard for their end of year/promotional examinations.

HOLIDAY EVENT/PLAY DAY

This quarter an opportunity was provided for the beneficiaries to share games and play with fellow beneficiaries, find solutions to their problems as well as share experiences and interact. Other issues suchas their end of year performance are discussed and their expectations as wellas future aspirations are laid out and expressed for guidance. Among otherthings the beneficiaries were able to receive clothes, Sanitary pads, deodorants and shoes.

COUNSELING

During the school and home monitoring visits the beneficiaries are talked and also
counselled. During the visits, the beneficiaries are able to share personal issues. While in school thebeneficiaries
are supported on how to perform better and also guided, the school teachers
have been involved in the discussion to work together with PLA staff to ensure
the improvement of the beneficiaries in both school and class work.

CASE STORY OF ACAN ZAITUN
Zaitun is one of PLA beneficiaries who has benefited from the project since last year 2012, she sat her primary leaving examinations but due to continuous illness as a result of her HIV/AIDS status, she was unable to perform to her expectation. At the beginning of this year, Zaitun again fell sick being unable to continue with school and up to date, she is still recovering. She shared her dreams and future plans with the desire to continue with her studies and hopes to repeat primary seven so that she is able to perform better in her primary leaving examinations next year in 2014.

CAREER GUIDANCE IN SCHOOLS AND PLA BENEFICARIES

During the quarter we were able to reach 2 schools of Adyel primary school and Sir Samuel
Joe Nursery and primary schools with different messages, the pupils and our beneficiaries of the mentioned school were reached also other topics on children’s rights, how to choose a career and the need to work hard to attain ones dream. Continuous career guidance was rendered to the beneficiaries during the holidays.

PRIMARY LEAVING PUPILS

8 girls this year sat their primary leaving examinations. PLA program Assistant was able to attend 2 different dedication prayers in the schools of Lira Police primary school and Lira primary school on behalf of the beneficiaries parents, the dedications prayers were encourage the beneficiaries and strengthen them during
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Platform for labour Action continues to provide support to 27 girls with school lunch, scholastic materials and physiological support in all aspects of their lives, this with support from Global Giving.
The beneficiaries go to  government owned schools whose funding for school fees mainly comes from the Ugandan government, the schools that the girls go include: Elia Olet primary school, Lira Modern primary school, Lira police primary school, Lira primary school, Ojwina 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 and secondary schools of Dara Christian high school, Savior secondary school and St Mary’s girls secondary school Aboke.

This project has made a difference in the lives of so many girls in northern Uganda and has eased access to education which has in turn built their self-esteem and performance through the continuous counseling
and monitoring received from Platform for Labour Action.

In this quarter of July, August and September 2013, there were various activities that were carried out in the project as highlighted below.

MONITORING VISITS

10 monitoring visits were made to PLA beneficiaries, the School visited included; Sir Samuel Nursery and primary school, Railways primary school, Lango Quran primary school, Lira police primary school, Saviors
senior secondary primary, Adyel primary school, Lira modern primary school, Lira police primary school, Lira primary school and Starch Factory Primary school.

The purpose for these visits was to ensure that the beneficiaries’ problems affecting their performances are discussed and forwarded to PLA office for solution. During the visits, the beneficiaries were talked to on one on one basis while sharing their experience about life at and out of school. The children also shared their experiences and the change realized since PLA started supporting them.

COUNSELING

All the beneficiaries that were talked to got counseling from the organization, some of the beneficiaries were able to share personal issues while the majority had mainly challenges at school psychological support was therefore provided to those children who seem to decline in performance to help them realize the importance of education and
thus improve on their performances.

The teachers were too involved in the discussion to work together with PLA staff to ensure the improvement of the beneficiaries at school. The beneficiaries in schools further discussed their performances and came to better conclusion that they will seek help from their teachers and hold group discussions to help improve on their performances.

PLANNED ACTIVITIES

In the coming quarter we will continue to monitor the beneficiaries both in school and in their homes where they stay with their guardians, counseling will also be carried on a one on one basis as well as in groups.

With 6 of the beneficiaries writing their final primary leaving examinations in the different schools, they will need prayers, guidance and encouragement which will be provided so that the beneficiaries are able to work hard and perform better. During the school break, the beneficiaries will also get to have a play day where they will receive clothes play different kinds of games ranging from football, handball, skipping etc and also get to share their
end of year experiences with PLA staff.


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15 Years old Asha is now in primary seven at Lira police primary school with support from PLA. She is one of the girls who were identified last year 2012 by PLA as vulnerable orphaned girls affected by HIV/AIDS.

 Asha faces many problems at home, but she is still interested in education and she performances well in class, she managed to score 77 in English subject. “Currently the major problem that I am facing is lack of food at home since my uncle Ebong has now been hospitalized for 2 months and one week, its hard for me and my younger brother to get food even the neighbors are now tired of us sadly narrated Asha”.

 Asha lost both her parents to HIV/AIDS and she is now under the care of her also infected uncle Ebong who stays in Adyel division.

 At home Asha has to move in the neighbor to pick leftover food for the rest of her family including her uncle.

During the visit at Asha's home, she explained that she is now the one taking care of the home since her uncle is still at the hospital.

“I dont know how what I will do this school term, since my uncle doesn't seem to get better,” sadly mentioned Asha

We have started searching for other relatives Asha could have through the area local councils hopefully they will be talked to start taking the responsibility of the Asha and her brother upbringing.

 To Asha, she is grateful that despite all the hardships, she is able to go to school where she also receives lunch.

“At school everything is fine since I get to have my lunch and happily study, and so gratefully to PLA for this and I hope they never stop helping me even after I have finished my primary seven,” explained Asha.

 To Asha, she is grateful that despite all the hardships, she is able to go to school where she also receives lunch.


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With continued support from GlobalGiving through “Educate 200 War and HIV/AIDS Orphaned Ugandan Girls” project. Platform for labour Action is currently giving 37 girls hope for a better future through education, despite the hardships endured due to the absence of their parents lost to HIV/AIDS or during the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) rebel war, by supporting them with school lunch, scholastic materials and physiological support in all aspects of their lives. The girls go to government owned schools in Lira that is Lira Modern primary school and Lira police primary school.

During the first quarter, PLA made home visits to the beneficiaries including those who had completed their primary leaving examinations to provide monitoring and career guidance and to further encourages them as they await results.

Below is a detailed account of these project activities in the first quarter 2013.

SCHOOL LUNCH PAYMENT

The payment for lunch the whole year 2013 worth USD 1,200, was paid to the schools. This means that the beneficiaries have school lunch for the whole year and they can now concentrate in class with have no worries of hunger.

The girls have been very appreciative of this step by PLA saying that they will not be sent away from school this year and will do their best to study hard.

SCHOOL MONITORING VISITS

12 school visits were made to the schools of for example, Elia Olet primary school, Adyel primary school, Railways primary school, and Sarvior secondary school.

During the visits beneficiaries’ welfare was discussed with their teachers and promised to support and guide the girls while at school. The school visits were made to ensure that the beneficiaries get psychological support from PLA. The girls shared with PLA Program Assistant activities they engaged in during the holidays, for instance visiting their relatives in the villages, helping their guardians in the gardens and household chores.

HOMES MONITORING VISITS

4 home visits were made to faith, Cinderella, Harriet, Dorcus, Monica and fridah; the girls were doing well and had their guardian`s support.

The girls had many stories to share since they had had a long school holiday and many were in their Primary School vacation after sitting for the examinations in November 2012, for example Cinderella and Faith spent their holidays in their late father’s villages gardening while Harriet, Dorcus, Monica and Fridah, they spent their vacation in Lira town helping the guardians with small household chores.

PRIMARY SEVEN RESULTS

This year we got the best Primary Leaving Examination results from the girls who finished their primary education in 2012. The girls initially had reservations on how best they could perform, but they managed to pass in first and second grade making it possible for them to join secondary schools.

These are some of the girls and their results Cinderalla got 7 , Rebbeca 10, Faith got 14 , Sitina 16,  Sandra 20 a, Rachael 20, Harriet 20,Acio  and Lonna 21 aggregates.

HOSPITAL VISITS

4 hospital visits were this made to Zaitun one of PLA beneficiaries who was admitted at Lira Referral Hospital. 15 years old Zaitun was waiting for her PLE results when she fell sick and was admitted at Lira modern clinic before getting transferred to Lira Referral Hospital. 

Zaitun lost both her parents Hussein and Akullu to HIV/AIDS in 2003 and after a blood test, she too tested positive of HIV/AIDS. She is currently under home care where PLA monitors her to ensure that her health improves so that she can resume school. 

COUNSELLING

During the quarter, PLA Program Assistant Lira counseled 23 girls, during the sessions; the girls shared their life experiences and aspirations and were encouraged and counseled on the issues they are dealing with.

PLANNED ACTIVITIES

The year 2013, we plan to continue offering counseling, providing school lunch and distributing scholastic materials to our beneficiaries. Other activities like school and home monitoring visits will be carried out in addition to organizing play days during the holidays so that the girls can share their hobbies and talents with PLA and fellow beneficiaries.


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Organization Information

Platform for Labour Action (PLA)

Location: Kampala, Uganda - Uganda
Website: http:/​/​www.pla-uganda.org
Project Leader:
Lilian Keene-Mugerwa
Executive Director
Kampala, Uganda
$33,945 raised of $56,200 goal
 
540 donations
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