Dear GlobalGiving Friends and Donors,
I an so sorry for the late report, but I just returned from a fantastic site visit to our projects in Uganda. Along with two other volunteers, we visited all of the small groups associated with the project. Everyone is doing amazing work with very little. We continue to support children, mostly orphaned or other vulnerable children, including child headed households.
We visited two of the public primary schools where we help children with uniforms, school supplies, food and basic medical care. Segere Primary School has 1152 children with 11 teachers. We are supporting 120 children to attend school. Nambogo Primary School has 820 students with 10 teachers and we support 68 children to attend this school.
The other 370 children are in several different rural villages. While most of these children are attending primary school at least 50 are in secondary school and we have 2 in university and technical training. The village schools are in: Amonakakine, Nambogo, and rural Busia, Bugiri and Tororo.
Although the schools are overcrowded and sometimes chaotic, teachers are dedicated and enthusiastic. The children are happy and excited to be at school. While we were there, they were studying for and taking the national primary school exams. Every child was at school on Sunday preparing for the exams. Every teacher was availabe and it didn't matter that it was the weekend.
While some families in rural Eastern Uganda struggle to survive and often find it more valuable to have their children work in the fields most want their kids to have an education and hope for a better life. Education can have a profound effect on their lives and on their communities lives as well. We know that by attending school even just up to the eighth grade helps children, especially girls to have less incidence of HIV/AIDS, they will marry later and have fewer and better educated children.
Finally, because today, October 11 is the International Day of The Girl:
1. Globally, 66 million girls are out of school.
2. 80% of all human trafficking victims are girls.
3. There are 33 million fewer girls than boys in primary school
4. 75% of AIDS cases in sub-Saharan Africa, the region hardest hit by the disease, are
women and girls.
5. In a single year, an estimated 150 million girls are victims of sexual violence.
6. 50% of all the sexual assaults in the world are on girls under 15.
7. 14 million girls under 18 will be married this year; 38 thousand today; 13 girls in the last 30 seconds.
8. The #1 cause of death for girls 15 - 19 is childbirth.
9. Girls with 8 years of education are 4 times less likely to be married as children.
10. A child born to a literate mother is 50% more likely to survive past the age of 5.
11. Educated mothers are more than twice as likely to send their children to school.
12. A girl with an extra year of education can earn 20% more as an adult.
13. Women operate a majority of small farms and business in the developing world
14. There are 600 million girls in the developing world.
Segere Primary School
Nambogo Primary School
Segere Primary School with 1152 children!