Children in the new class
1.0. Back ground information
The organization People for Peace and Defense of Rights (PPDR Uganda) was founded in Kampala Uganda on March 3rd, 2002 by a group of human right defenders from D R Congo refugees in Uganda with the clear purpose of addressing primarily the question of refugee rights and other migrants. That was a subject to a serious objection because at that time both the Uganda government and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees denied the existence of refugees rights in Uganda and advocated for just a humanitarian gesture towards refugees out of mercy and compassion.
Today the reality seems to be changing as now both UNHCR and the Uganda Government do say it now publicly that refugees have rights but still they don’t want to teach refugees their rights because they fear that once refugees know what their rights are, they will keep demanding and pushing for the social change. Today they are instead still teaching refugees about laws and show them the necessity to obey the law and only teach laws which are oppressive and which will bring fear to refugees.
We could hear of thousands of donations being collected by the UNHCR and other humanitarian organizations in the name of alleviating the suffering of refugees but the fund comes, the UNHCR and its implementing partners have always been capable to change the language. They always say that refugees should be self reliant and the donations should be conditions with the refugee willingness to stay in remote areas called settlement camps. But still there nothing tangible was done to refugees and most them keep on fleeing from the camps to Kampala.
It is out of these realities that some human rights defenders started this initiative after a serious warning by the UNHCR protection officers at that time who looked at human rights defenders as a threat and told them not to engage in any thing about the protection, promotion and defense of human rights and refugee rights in Uganda if they wanted to be assisted by UNHCR. Some human rights defenders obeyed and were resettled to western countries others defied the warning and they were not helped by UNHCR that continuously up to now still consider them as a threat and these are human rights defenders now under PPDR Uganda.
The Child Care program
This program started in 2009 when we realized that refugee children cannot access the formal education system here in Uganda and and this problem still continues up to now. It aims at teaching children English, preparing them for the education system in Uganda, proving information to parents about schools and the Uganda Education system, sensitizing parents who do not want to send their children to school, proving shelter, food and school fees for the most vulnerable children and advocating for their rights in their families and communities.
THE APRIL 2011 OPEN CHALLENGE
Before the Open Challenge, a group of 4 people was formed at PPDR to actively engage others in the fundraising process. We managed to contact people on facebook which was our major social network. Yes some are our friends who we know better and who know us well others were just friends we met on facebook. Some among them were not honest to our call to take part in the campaign, some assured us that they will participate in the fundraising but when we started we did not see them any more. Few others were very active in sharing the link to their friends or their walls.
In this Open Challenge we manged to have six (6) donors who collected a total amount of 2,225$, two among them are friends to PPDR Uganda and know PPDR Uganda well. One is a friend of the PPDR Project leader whom they met on facebook since last year 2010 and the other three PPDR Uganda doesn't know them.The problem we have is that we don't know how best we can communicate to our donors especially those we don't know. Some contributed to the project anonymously and others put their emails. Only three donors are in contact with PPDR Uganda. Yes as Global Giving believes it is not only giving or asking to be given but it is all building up a relationship and a link so that we can share experiences and advice among us.
PROGRESS OF THE PROJECT
The donations which we managed to get in April Open Challenge has helped the project to move forward in many things like, building a Two Class room which accommodates children in Level One and Level Two. Before April Open Challenge we had one class children could use in shifts. The level could start from 8 - 10 and the level from 10 -12 pm. Now both classes are going on from 8 am to 12pm. The classes are now constructed in Timber which is more effective than the purposes which were there before the April Open Challenge. This has helped to increase the number of children who are at our center from 40 to 75 active children attending classes every day. This has solve the problem of parents who now believe that it is possible for their children to access school and has helped to solve the problem of space and the class being canceled when there is rain. Now our children can learn when it raining because now they have a shelter. More that this has increased the effectiveness and the good reputation of PPDR Uganda in the community. There are many things I can mention about this project not only for refugees but also for nationals who use the class for meetings, those who have nothing to pay for their children at nursery they send them to PPDR. The class is used for many activities such prayers, meetings, Drama, Dance and Music.....
9. ACCOUNTABILITY STATEMENT
Initial donations gotten from Global Giving on 30th May 2011 was 1,897$.
This money was collected during the April 2011 Open Challenge on Global Giving for the Education, shelter and feeding vulnerable refugee children under the Education program at PPDR Uganda. This fund was used according to what PPDR saw as the major priorities which follows as:
Date Description Income Expenditure Balance
30/05/2011 Original balance 1, 897 None 1,897 $
01/06/2011 Paying the rent for the space of 25/10 where the two classes are constructed and renting two rooms for Computer Training 700$ (for four 4 months, June, July, August and September 2011. Which is 175$ per month
02/6/2011 Bought 100 pieces of Timbers at 3 $ per each 300 $
02/6/2011 Bought 50 pieces of Polls at 1.5$ which made a total of 75 $
02/6/2011 Bought 10 kg of Nails at 3 $ each which made a total of 30$
02/6/2011 Transport, storing and loading timbers and polls 70$
02/6/2011 Labor for 3 carpenters for the construction of the class 250$
04/6/2011 Bought 25 pieces of purposes at 2$ each, loading and transport 80 $
06/6/2011 Bought 3 doors at 50 $ each which made a total of150$
06/6/2011 One Computer secondhand Desktop 250$
In short our project had four phases and one among them is now solved that is the question of the space where the children can learn from. We need to think and act on the other three which are Food and shelter, School fees and sensitization of the community.
THE PPDR UGANDA WEBSITE
In the last April 2011 open Challenge we participated using our website which was www.ppdr.info but this website is not active any more because it was offered to us by someone in Japan who wanted to help grassroots organizations with website. But up to now it is not active and we have tried to contact the person about it but he does not reply any more. This time we shall use two blogs: http://refugeeeducation.blogspot.com and the PEOPLE FOR PEACE AND DEFENSE OF RIGHTS in the website of Women Global Network for Reproductive Rights (WGNRR) and that of Global Giving: http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/basic-needs-to-150-refugees-children-in-kampala
Information session taking place in the class
Some teaching materials in the class
Youth Drama in a practice in the class
The number of children has increased
Alvine a young girl of 15 years in our Level Two
Mwamini is15 years. She has never been to school
Ester 11 years started her Education at PPDR Ugand
Roger is 13 years Old he is in Level Two at PPDR
Georges hasn't been at for the last 7years
Georges hasn't been at for the last 7years