Warm greetings to our donors, friends and well wishers. Thank you all for making 2012 a fantastic year for Ngoma Aid Foundation. We are exceptionally grateful to Charles and Sonal for the constant, timely, persistent and reliable support that they extended to us in 2012 and continue to extend to us. Thank you so much. Thank you Jessica for the the over a year long recurring donation that you have offered to Ngoma Aid Foundation. We are grateful.
The children are back to school and it has been over a month since the schools opened for the first term of the year 2013. The younger children in Primary school continue to perform well academically, are disciplined and hardworking at the house too. I pray we are able to continue supporting them with your help. Naome and AnnaMary have changed school ie from Little Angels Preparatory School to Namhuga Primary School.
Naome is now in Upper class ( pre primary) while AnnaMary was challenged to try Primary One after a single term in pre primary. Anna is older than and should be in Primary One but because she did not have access to education in her village, she had never had an opportunity to go to scool until we picked her up. If she was not in school now, she would be in the village carrying babies on her back, fetching water, tilling the land etc. She is a bright girl and will excel if given chance. That is why your support is very vital.
Elizabeth and Jane are now in Senior 3 at King Jesus College as boarding students. We are encouraging them to remain focused and impress academically. I will be visiting them at school once the funds are available to to encourage them to work harder for a brighter future. Like i have said before, it is important that we keep supporting these girls and if Ngoma Aid Foundation had not offered a supporting hand with the help of our donors and friends, Jane and Elizabeth's future would have been very uncertain. They would probably have four children between them and most likely single mothers.
Gladys is now in Primary 5, Krishna in Primary 6 and Natasha in Primary 4. They are still in Namhuga Primary School (walking distance from the house). They continue to impress and am positive, their future will be bright. Isaac is now in Primary 2 at Kasese Primary School and staying with a NAF Coordinator. NAF pays Isaac's fees and scholastic materials etc. We are grateful for that support too.
Our community children for 2013 are Godfrey (Primary 5), Viola (repeating Primary 6 but would probably do well with a tailoring course), Prossy (Primary 7) and Julius (primary 6). They go to Ngoma Central Primary School and stay with their surviving family members while NAF extends education support to them in form of scholastic materials, school fees and other requirements like school uniform, pads, vaseline, soap etc. We would be in position to help many more but unfortunately we can not. We kindly request for your continued support so as to support these disadvantaged and vulnerable children. Aniita (Primary 6) one of our last years community children has since requested that she is fully sponsored by NAF an dis now in Boarding school at Good Time Primary school - Rwentobo. She used to walk several miles to her school on a daily and she requested and we understood her situation. We are happy to help.
We are happy to have picked on Alex (Primary 7), James (Primary 6), Bright (Primary 2) and Evas (Baby Class). Together with Claire, they lost their father in December 2012. The three boys and Evas have a Congolese mother from DRC who is HIV Positive while Claire's mother is from Northern Uganda, and is currently taking care of Claire with some help from NAF. The three boys ie Alex, James and Bright attend boarding school at Good Time Primary School - Rwentobo, while Evas joined the other younger girls at the house in Namhuga.
We are excited that Hanifa passed her Ordinary level Exams and has been admitted to Kibuli Core Primary Teachers Training College - Kampala. She will benefit from the government cost sharing scheme so that means we will pay a fraction of her tuition fees and accommodation. Isn't that wonderful? She is also in need of personal effects like washing soap, sanitary pads, Vaseline and has a long list of scholastic materials given that she is going to a student teacher grade 3. I am Happy for her and wish her well. She should be through next year and the Government of Uganda will employ her as a teacher. What a good beginning to life.
Ezrah also passed some of his papers but failed crucial papers in Physic, Chemistry and Biology. With the government policy of promoting sciences, he can not benefit from a government scholarship and going as a private student is challenging given that the fees are relatively high. Getting him through secondary was a struggle and denying him a vocational skill is equally not worth it. Do help us support him with a course, probably a Certificate in HIV/AIDS Counseling and he would be a blessing to his community given that many people here still associate HIV/AIDS with witch craft. We can only help with your help.
In the meantime, we are looking forward to being a part of the The first Bonus Day of the year Wednesday, March 13th. 2013. We request for your support. Bonus Day— matching will begin at 9:00 am EDT. GlobalGiving will match donations at 30% up to $1,000 per donor per project! There is $50,000 available in matching funds and matching will last until funds run out or 11:59 pm EDT. We are currently going through financial difficulties and maintaining and providing for the children's basics is a big challenge. We are in rent arrears (November 2012 to March 2013), have school balances to clear, electricity and water bill to clear and our food store is almost empty. We need all the support in the world. We kindly request that you continue to support us through 2013. We can only achieve our objectives with your support. Happy New year 2013Attachments: