PROGRESS REPORT APRIL – JUNE 2011
There are currently thirty one children benefiting from this project. Out of these, eight are in secondary school, one in vocational training and twenty two in primary schools mainly in Lira district. The months of April to June were characterized by school holidays and opening of the second school term.
“During the holidays, I did not do much; I just decided to relax my brains and enjoyed eating mangoes since it was the season”, said Jennifer.
Through the counseling support to the families, guardians have got more involved in their children’s education. For example, Atai Sandra’s guardian who over the years has observed progress in Sandra’s performance is now willing to find her extra learning support to help her with Science and Math to enable her excel in her Primary Leaving Examinations this year. She held the 59th position out of 96 pupils in the term between October to December 2010 and was 42nd out of 96 pupils in the term January to March 2011.
Through monitoring visits to the school, Loy’s teacher raised concern about her concentration. Loy revealed that she could not concentrate in class because she worked hard and for long, slept late and yet had to wake up early to walk to school on time. “Being the youngest at my grandmother’s home, I have been given the responsibility of carrying out the other house chores so I sleep so late and yet I have to wake up early, that is why I used to sleep in class,” narrated Loy during the school visit.
Following several visits to her school and home, and counseling sessions, her teacher, Mr. Daniel Erom narrated, “From your last visit, Loy has improved in her concentration in class. Currently, she participates in class.” In her own words Loy says, “I stay with my grandmother in Adwekwok village. She always tells me to read hard so that I may not become poor in future.” She continues, “I thank Platform for Labour Action and the donors from all over the world for supporting me stay in school.” Your support will enable Loy continue through school.
As a follow up to the July – September report of 2010, then 16-year old, now 17 year-old Eunice Abeja was requesting PLA to continue supporting her to accomplish her dream of becoming a nurse. Through the contribution of the donors, Eunice who is now in secondary school, appreciates the intervention and notes, “Platform has helped me a lot especially now that am in secondary school, I really appreciate their efforts and I pray that God will richly bless the donors too for the support they always send me.” Your continued support will enable her achieve her dream.
During the period, scholastic materials worth two hundred two US dollars ($202) were provided to twenty five beneficiaries. These include; books, mathematical set, rubbers, ruler, graph books and pencils.
“This term since I have all that I need, I am going to concentrate more on studying than worrying of the teacher sending me out of class for not having a set and a graph book,” excitedly mentioned Eunice.
PLA provided fees for twenty five children’s lunch while at school for the period April to June 2011, worth US$315.
The upcoming events for the next period are: School and Home Visits, Counseling Support for children and families and continued support for lunch during school time.