Provide Education for Underprivileged Children

by SHARE (NGO)
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Provide Education for Underprivileged Children
Provide Education for Underprivileged Children
Provide Education for Underprivileged Children
Provide Education for Underprivileged Children
Provide Education for Underprivileged Children
Provide Education for Underprivileged Children
Provide Education for Underprivileged Children
Provide Education for Underprivileged Children
Provide Education for Underprivileged Children
Provide Education for Underprivileged Children
Provide Education for Underprivileged Children
Provide Education for Underprivileged Children
Provide Education for Underprivileged Children
Provide Education for Underprivileged Children
Provide Education for Underprivileged Children
Provide Education for Underprivileged Children
Provide Education for Underprivileged Children
Provide Education for Underprivileged Children
Provide Education for Underprivileged Children
Provide Education for Underprivileged Children
Provide Education for Underprivileged Children
Provide Education for Underprivileged Children
Provide Education for Underprivileged Children
Provide Education for Underprivileged Children
Provide Education for Underprivileged Children
Provide Education for Underprivileged Children
Provide Education for Underprivileged Children
Provide Education for Underprivileged Children
Provide Education for Underprivileged Children
Provide Education for Underprivileged Children
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Provide Education for Underprivileged Children
Provide Education for Underprivileged Children
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Happy New Year to All our community of good donor's and mostly mother Loretta, her family and friends for the recurring donations that support the school and the children in Uganda.

The economy is now fully opened for all sectors, including the motorcycle transport industry most recently, which is the cheapest mode of transportation the poorest in Uganda, this now makes it possible for our teachers and students to get to school and school able to make purchases and transported to school at cheaper costs.

New staff Hired!

Because of your help, the  school administration has been able to recruit new professional teacher's, new graduates, and pay old salary arrears for the out going and old staff who have left for other opportunities and work for government schools due to better pay. A teacher in our school is paid about 25$ a month which is very low compared to what  a teacher is paid in government school, yet they have same working hours and load, same teaching curriculum. Support staff is paid in our school only 15$  monthly but due to our lack of enough donor's, we fail make this commitment possible, for the cooks, and day and night guards.

 Teacher's Accomodations!

The funds we received help us secure and pay for rented house  in town, called trading center's, no electricity, water, no bath room, toilet facility, these teachers have to walk to school to use toilet should nature call, it's worse if that need gets at night.  The cost of the house is 50,000/ ugsh per months per room, and we have ten teachers, it becomes a challenging to help due to limited number of donor's currently commited to help the school.

Infrastructure!

The funds have supported renovations, of the classrooms, most had anthills fully grown inside, broken toilet facility, doors, and water tank broken tap, and our temporarily school kitchen that was blown up by the storms. 

Additionally, a few desks have been secured, and old broken once repaired and teachers chair's and tables also repaired and few purchase to much the teacher current population.

Other cost include paying for the government new policy on making covid messages on the school compound and classrooms, as well as making sure sanitizer for the students are in all the classes, this is not possible with limited funds received of about 450$ monthly, we need your help to raise the funds to help the disadvantaged children, payment for Rural teachers.

 Boarding children

These children have been affected by COVID-19 and the children are increasing dropping out of the school system, most have married young, the last two years of lock down pushed them into hardships, they went back to the streets and boys in drug's and girls begging for help ending up getting pregnant, much us the government is saying these children be allowed to go back to school, the feel ashamed to be in school with babies or fully grown stomachs.

Some who have refused to come back to school now sell in the streets, we have few who have come back and new children but management and care support is still difficult because of funding challenge.eg, the cost of maintaining a child in boarding is about 300,000/ ugsh a term this includes paying for his or her scholastic, and if it's a girl her menstrual support, and medical, care, food etc, we fall far below meeting this requirements, please help us help these children, we also have some disabled, and mentally exhausted children due to Covid and two years children have stayed home.

Teaching materials, examination fees for uneb!

UNEB is a standard examiner for Uganda and all schools, students country wide are required to qualify to to sit for this exam, and fees are now getting high each year and rural parents are unable to pay, and this cost is about 150,000/ ugsh per child, including payment for photos that and cost for examination centre to support invigilation staff. Our school is struggling with this fess, whci are supposed to be paid at the start of the new school term.

New school curriculum is being developed by the government due to Covid, so the school can cover as much material as possible, fearing that should covid situations become high and the country goes back to lockdown, the children would have moved a step head not staying in the same class for long. The grading system is changing as well, we need funding to much this new changes and costs to educate rural children.

 Share NGO account!

The board due to new government audit of all NGOs in Uganda has been able to meet the costs of paying for filling retrts for three years staring 2018 when the organization transited from a CBO status to an NGO, https://www.pmldaily.com/news/2019/11/full-list-govt-validates-2119-ngos-closes-over-12000-others.html

After validation, all NGOs were required to update their status and this was possible for share due to the funds available, we are happy to have you and now we have our account bin a secure location, Bank and City, it has been risk to draw funds in the same locality and getting wrong people seeing you come out of the bank and creating a lot of threats and thugs trying bto trail you as you get go to shop for the school or pay bills in Pallisa town.

Food for the hungry children!

 We request for your help today to make it possible for the dreams of these very poor rural children come true, just one dollar, if given by you on a recurring donations will do a lot in the life of these children, and make sure they don't run back to the stree ts, if they are sure of a meal, Accomodations, and care from the teacher's and a future. Clothing for these children is also a big deal,they need good clothes, when get, they feel loved and smile alot. Thank you for always caring to donate.

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Donor funds help educate rural children
Education changes lives
Education changes lives
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Boarding children cleaning up
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Stores, shade, kitchen, and toilets
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Burial of covid case on 21/10/2021
Burial of covid case on 21/10/2021

Dear sponsor's,

W continue to appreciate you for the support and the donations received monthly to help disadvantaged households in Pallisa District in Uganda. Hammerslag School in particular.

Since schools closed due to the out brake of COVID-19, children have stayed home with no opportunity to learn not even to step into the school, they have grown up and most girls and boys in this catagory think of not going back to school if they open, some actually most are now harkers, in small towns, and think the way of life today is making money not wasting time in education. We are worried about the situation Covid is presenting to many life's of young children and especially the girls who have been pregnated, after losing their parents to covid, the only way to service is to get financial support from working adults. Boca boda men

But with your continued efforts to help the children and the school, we are using the money to generate education materials, photocopy and take to upper primary school children' to help them keep up with the set school curriculum and instruction manual to get them ready for the coming exam's called PLE, primary leaving examination.

As we visit the children, distibuting education materials, we realized another challenge, they are heavily involved in household work helping their parents and relatives in gardens, and the only time they are free is at night, and w e realize that they need reading lights, solar power system, which mY cost as cheap as 300,000/= Uganda shillings. This is sufficient enough to help the children read with good light, it give three lights, one bulb for the child, one bulb for parents hat, and one outside for the compound, giving the household some security for the disadvantaged households domestic animals usually kept outdoors. 

Wth help of this fund's it has been possible to buy solar power system for three households with children in candidate classes, and since we have 10 candidates, they share reading light  with the neighbors, homes connected to solar lights. The challenge however is lack of enough funding to have all the candidate's  households get solar system, and also the cost of printing all the subject materials for each child to use for study time at night and with the  semi candidate's households in plan, these are children in primary six classes and they're 30 in total.

We also have boarding children we tried to support, sleeping in the classroms, most came from disadvantaged households and streets, this is the catagory which is now involved in street life again some have joined fraud, and drunk life style and drugs use, why covid situations pushed them back, in trying to get food, we provided to them Hope and a home, all this is lost due to covid, how do we get these children back to the dream of education, I have tried to follow some to the village homs and get to see and help the sick, the care givers have no money, since everyone was under lockdown and no time to do a money generating activity.

Rural children in candidate classes need help of reader materials to prepare them for the coming exam's, and we need solar lights for the disadvantaged households in plan to get them to read at night, during the day, the children are busy working for the parents and relatives in the garden, others harking to help raise money to get them food, most poor households eat once a day

The support you give has helped maintenance for the school, paying the Day and night guard, 50,000/= Uganda shillings a month, and we also have other staff, the Cook, metron, and the teacher's suffering as. A result of the lockdown, they have families to support but have no salaries, we  try to help those  with sick children but the funds can't help much, we also have to keep q paying the bills of cleaning up the school compound, the classroms and the school toilet s which the community with no toilets at their homes come to use, and the cleaning of the water tank, this has helped the community alot get clean water athe school, thank you for your help to get them a water tank.

At the moment as we hope that the government will open schools in Uganda, come January 2022,. It was in our plan to have all the classes outside walls plastered and painted, , currently the coat of a bag of cement in Uganda is 36,000 good quality, we need 100 bags in total and 50 jerrcans of water and oil paint, this will put the classrooms to safety standards to keep them safe from Covid.

Corona has claimed many lives in our local community and most disadvantaged households are affected, the children are left as orphans, no hope in life, the number of children needing help is increasing everyday, how can we expand our help or grow our donor support, we are not seeing covid reducing in our community and I have just returned from such a burial and vaccines remain low and no impact ,  how can our support help get vaccines and people vaccinated, help donate to share and saw lives off the poor now.

Additionally, our organization rents office space we are trying to pay but we are  not able to pay fully, the records we have shwo that we have  no funds committed to the payment of NGO Office rent and the landlord is not happy thinking am getting money and using it no payment of NGO Office rent. The agreement shows that I am to pay 150,000/= monthly but it has been difficult to share the funds we received with all the needs of the children, the school and office, also asking for rent arrears is the Uganda post office, box for the school and office.

We get visited and we can not help provide some lunch to them, especially the elderly people looking for help or information from our efforts, and the teacher's who are our staff, when they get problem's they visit our NGO Office, we can no help, and the same time we are nqo able to pay salaries to these teacher's and other support staff, since covid heat, they are jobless, no income to start a business.

I am kindly appealing to all our humble family of donor's to think about our community, the children, the community, we organized a community meeting to sentizise them on the danger's of covid and how to manage the risk but it was costly to pay for the medical pasonel and the elders.

We need your support, together we can kick Covid out of the rural areas of Vonerable households in Pallisa.

Community watch at a distance, fear and terrified
Community watch at a distance, fear and terrified
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Thank you to those that have continued to donate throughout Covid, and for supporting our children and staff in their efforts to create a safe and enriching learning environment.

As usual we have continued to purchase food, living and learning supplies for the school, as well as Covid sanitation materials required by law such as soap, clean water, and hand sanitizer. We have also paid fees for our candidate students sitting this year's PLE exams, scholastic books to help them prepare, and funded ongoing improvements to the school building, classrooms and toilet block.

Unfortunately, due to new Covid strains, rising infection rates and a lack of vaccines, the President has closed schools again for the next six weeks. The students and parents are very disappointed.

Therefore we ask once again for support to keep the school and compound protected, and its staff and children cared for during this break. This includes funds to hire local transport to get students back to their families or temporary accommodation in various towns, to purchase masks/PPE, pay for compound maintenance, and salaries to teachers and day and night security.

While the school is closed, we are also appealing for funds to complete vital improvements and additions to the classrooms and living facilities. For construction, we need 200 bags of cement to fortify the walls and to make proper floors which are currently dirt; treated wood to replace the toilet block’s doors that have been destroyed by termites; paint for all the inner classroom’s walls, and supplies for the removal of several anthills that are growing in some of the classrooms as a result of being vacant for much of the last year due to Covid. We are hoping to complete these activities before schools reopen in 42 days.

Attached are some photos showing the school's current condition with very few students using only a couple classrooms and ant hills growing in some, which the children are helping to remove and restore.

Thank you again for your donations and for believing in our school and community’s dreams of a better future.

Much love,

-Charles

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Hello friends of ADR and the Hammerslag School,

Uganda is implementing comprehensive efforts to control the spread of COVID-19. Recently, the government has been gradually easing lockdowns on different sectors as advised by a technical team of scientists and the Ministry of Health. A decision was made to allow education institutions’ to reopen in a phased manner under the clear standard operating procedures (SOPs).

The Ministry of Education and sports is issuing SOP guidelines to help education institutions take the necessary steps to mitigate the risk of transmission and to reduce the impact of the pandemic on teaching and learning. Phased Re-opening of Educational Institutions started on 15th October 2020 for candidate classes (P7, S4 & S6) and final year students in higher institutions of learning (Universities). We have been following the guidelines to ensure a safe learning environment for our students and staff. This includes an extensive list of provisions and protocols in regard to school facilities, programming, and staffing capacities.   

In complying with the measures, we have been able to use donations to promote and put in place, good health practices. We were able to purchase disinfectants and sanitizers for use around the school and install one hand washing station with available funds (we will need to raise money to provide one in every student block). We also purchased a new solar battery, replacement bulbs and new wiring in all the classrooms to keep the school compound lit at night for the boarding student’s safety and learning. New cooking utensils and plates for both students and staff were bought to avoid them using supplies from their home and increasing the risk of disease transmission.

The funds also helped to renovate the school kitchen shelter which was blown off by the storm we experienced at the start of rainy season in February, as well as replace timber eaten by termites. There is still a need to build a more secure (concrete) structure to house our kitchen facilities in the future, which we will need to fundraise for.

Additional donations are needed for ensure all students have the required masks for returning safely to classrooms. This is currently the responsibility of parents, which has been difficult for many families to provide in these times of hardship.

Teachers rent and payment remains a challenge and they live in very poor accommodations with the limited funds we receive. As of now, the only housing we can provide has no lighting or adequate toilet facilities, with teachers having to walk to school to use the one constructed with your support. To help improve the livelihoods of our staff, we kindly ask for a small increase in your monthly donations that can be used to increase the teacher’s pay and help to construct better housing.

Supplying enough food has been another ongoing challenge. The funds we get can only provide one meal a day for both the students and teachers amidst increase spending necessary to meet disease prevention protocols. Furthermore, the children remain without adequate bedding and mattresses. Many aspects of their current living conditions need great improvement, especially in the times of COVID-19.

As always, SHARE Project deeply appreciates all the single and recurring donations that help to educate rural vulnerable children in Pallisa Uganda, and to do so amidst pandemic challenges. That said, we do hope you will consider increasing your support during these most difficult times to make sure our teachers and students remain safe and cared for. We also recognize this has been a year of suffering and loss for everyone across the world, and we send our well wishes to you and your families.

With thanks and love,

-Charles Olupot

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Dear friends of ADR and the Hammerslag School,

With the funds received since our last correspondence, we have continued to support teachers who remained at school, paying rent and food expenses, and maintaining the school compound, as well as paying a night guard to keep the school property safe while we were in lock down. The funds also helped in printing and photocopying learning materials for students to complete while at home.

Although I must report that our situation amidst the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has adversely affected everyone, young and old alike, shutting down schools and the economy for many months. Although the government recently re-opened the schools for candidate classes only (we are currenlty registering 10 canditates for the 2020 PLE exams), all must meet certain conditions to be certified as safe for bringing students and teachers back. 

At present, we have been unable to do so due to a lack of sanitation supplies, including soap and hand sanitizer, as well as a supply of masks for the teachers, and students over the age of 6 years. We are also facing a shortage of desks and benches to accommodate social distancing in the classroom. Additionally, construction of the new school toilet block (interrupted when COVID-19 struck) is still not complete, but will need to be finished in order to maintain sanitation requirements. Building separate boarding / dormitories for our students and more classrooms will also be necessary, now that the government recommends only 10 students per class for primary schools, and 15 students per class for secondary schools. This is a great challenge because we have many students now coming to our school and keeping only 10 children in a class will prevent many from accessing an education.

Beyond pandemic-related needs, our school still lacks many items: adequate food and mattresses/bedding for students to use. The solar panels that we installed at school are not good enough to produce light for students through the night, and the battery is now weak and needs replacement. Teachers salaries also need additional support as parents have been unable to keep up with school fees amidst the economic hardship.

Now that we are faced with a new normal, we need your continued support to address immediate challenges the COVID-19 has brought to our community. We hope that you will help us reach these goals and overcome this most difficult year. 

Thank you and much love,

Charles

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Location: PALLISA - Uganda
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