Help Keep 15 Aspiring Ugandan Girls in School

by Outreach Uganda
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Help Keep 15 Aspiring Ugandan Girls in School
Help Keep 15 Aspiring Ugandan Girls in School
Help Keep 15 Aspiring Ugandan Girls in School
Help Keep 15 Aspiring Ugandan Girls in School
Help Keep 15 Aspiring Ugandan Girls in School
Help Keep 15 Aspiring Ugandan Girls in School
Help Keep 15 Aspiring Ugandan Girls in School
Help Keep 15 Aspiring Ugandan Girls in School
Help Keep 15 Aspiring Ugandan Girls in School
Help Keep 15 Aspiring Ugandan Girls in School
Help Keep 15 Aspiring Ugandan Girls in School
Help Keep 15 Aspiring Ugandan Girls in School
Help Keep 15 Aspiring Ugandan Girls in School
Girls' Saturday Activity Day in Library Aug. 2022
Girls' Saturday Activity Day in Library Aug. 2022

Your support of this project gives girls a much sought after chance to continue their schooling.  But it gives more than that!  In addition to going to school, each girl is also given mentoring and coaching to help her make good schooling choices and good life choices along the way.

In addition, girls who are still in primary school also participate in occasional fun group and team building activities as shown in the attached photo of over 60 girls participating in a Saturday morning activity day at our library where they played educational games, and made fun beaded necklaces that they could wear.  

On another day, they gathered together after school to learn how to make liquid soap as shown in our second photo. This is a possible activity one girl or a group of girls could do to help earn small amounts of money to provide funds for needed personal items and supplies while boarding at school.

So, we thank you for not only making schooling possible, but for giving girls the chance to interact with other girls, learn important life stills and have time to JUST BE GiRLS and not grow up too soon!

Thanks for making this possible. Please feel free to share this update with friends, co-workers or family members who may want to help more girls through this project!

Girls Learning to Make Liquid Soap
Girls Learning to Make Liquid Soap

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Today, Over 150 Girls Attend our Weekly Program
Today, Over 150 Girls Attend our Weekly Program

Your support is critical for helping keep 7th to 12th grade girls in school.  And the single most important Outreach Uganda program to help make sure girls graduate from 6th grade with average to excellent grades is our Girls' Education Initiative Program. Because this program has been extremely successful since its founding in 2011, more girls are eager and excited to head on to 7th grade to continue their education.

We wanted to update you about this key program for younger girls that allows so many to complete 6th grade. It wasn't always that way. Prior to the program's beginning in 2011, almost no girls in Agwata were finishing 6th grade. Many were not starting school at all or were dropping out as early as 2nd or 3rd grade.  There were no girls to sponsor for 7th grade and above in 2011!

We founded the Girls' Education Initiative to change this and make sure our primary school was increasing the enrollment of girls in 1st to 6th grade. An equally important objective was to start a boarding program for 6th grade girls to improve their academic performance on the very important national year end PLE exam each November and to provide life skills training so younger girls understood their options after 6th grade and could see the importance of being successful in school.

 The 6th grade girls' boarding program at the Agwata school provides:

  • Additional time to study after school each day
  • Additional time to study on weekends
  • Supervised access to specified CPPS teachers who are to provide extra lessons including early morning lessons, evening lessons and/or weekend lessons covering particularly English and math
  • Interaction with fellow boarding girls who can help each other study and revise their books
  • Opportunity to concentrate on speaking in English with each other

What this means is girls make up 50% or more of each 1st to 6th grade class at the Agwata school. The girls have been achieving very well on the 6th grade year end national exams, far above average and usually with some of the highest scores in our district which has 73 primary schools.

And that is where you come in!  Instead of having no future or possibly entering into early marriage, our girls know that they have a choice. They can continue to 7th grade and beyond because of your monetary support. And for that, we are EXTREMELY grateful.

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the life changing chance you are giving these girls.  We would appreciate your sharing of this report, with friends, family and co-workers who would like to be part of this life changing opportunity!

Our girls program began with only 19 girls in 2011
Our girls program began with only 19 girls in 2011

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Jacky, Uganda student, happy to go to 7th grade!
Jacky, Uganda student, happy to go to 7th grade!

Jacky, pictured in this January photo, is very happy to learn that she's been accepted into Outreach Uganda's girls' education program.  She completed 6th grade in November 2021, excelled on her required year end national exams,.But was uncertain if she would be able to continue to secondary school this year.

Jacky realized her family could not afford to pay any of her school fees for 7th grade. Because of this, her prospects for continuing in school were very dim. Many of her friends had not even made it this far in school, often dropping out in 3rd or 4th grade!  In Uganda, 7th grade and above is not free and serious students are expected to board at the school which makes it even more expensive.  

Jacky lives with her grandmother and four siblings in a mud and thatch hut in Agwata village. She helps her grandmother as much as possible around the home in her spare time. But her grandmother could barely afford food for the family.

Jacky heard about our scholarship program, applied and was accepted into the program!  However, until a more long term sponsor can be located to fund this additional scholarship, it is your contributions through this GlobalGiving project that allowed Jacky to start 7th grade in mid-January and not fall behind in her studies. She is now in school and pursuing her dream of being an accountant one day!

We thank you so much for providing key funding through this project, that allows us to respond timely to girls' schooling needs so they do not become a dropout statistic especially at this important transition time between 6th and 7th grade. 

Please share about this project with your friends, family and co-workers who feel strongly about keeping girls in school.

Thanks again for all your help!

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6th Grader, Beatrice, Receiving Exam Award
6th Grader, Beatrice, Receiving Exam Award

We're happy to report that five of our 6th grade students achieved the coveted "First Grade" ranking on their national exams that they took earlier this year. These are required standardized exams that every 6th grader in Uganda must successfully complete. As a student, your success on this exam determines whether you can continue on with your schooling to 7th grade and beyond. It also determines if you can enroll in a secondary school which has higher academic quality.

And out of those five students from our community's local Cubu Parents Primary School, 3 of these 5 students were girls!  We are also thrilled that these 5 students achieved the highest scores in our sub-county called Gem.  Kudos to our school's teaching staff, and kudos to our supportive parents and community members who stand behind these students, kudos to our Girls' Education Initiative program and its staff, and especially kudos to the students for the hard work they put in during this very difficult past year.

And now we get to the part where we want to give YOU, as donors to this project a big thanks. That's because with your support, we are able to assure the top performing girls, that they will receive scholarship support to continue on with their education in 7th grade during the upcoming year.  We know this because until we get specific scholarship supporters located, this GlobalGiving project will provide the needed temporary funding for their school fees.

We've included photos of two of the three girls receiving their awards from the sub-county along with their parent who accompanied them on Monday.  One of the girls in the white shirt, Beatrice, already has funding for her scholarship. But the other girl in red, Gifty, does not yet have a scholarship supporter.  So we thank you, as a donor to this important project, for putting her mind at ease by enabling us to assure her that she will still receive funding to continue on into 7th grade.

On a side note, the students and parents are excited about their award of a mattress, because this is a required item for them to join the boarding section in 7th grade. And they are very expensive to buy for families with little income.

On behalf of everyone at Outreach Uganda, and the teachers at the community school in Agwata, we sincerely thank you for making a difference and giving the gift of education to girls like Gifty.

Gifty and her parent receiving award of a mattress
Gifty and her parent receiving award of a mattress

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Adira, now in 10th grade thanks to you!
Adira, now in 10th grade thanks to you!

Girls like Adira are so thankful for your support in providing contributions so they can stay in school.  When Adira started 7th grade, she had a sponsor.  And through unfortunate circumstances, her sponsor had to stop sponsoring in 2019.  Adira was able to remain in school. the remainder of 2019 and all of 2020 because of your contributions that we used towards her school fees during this time.  Now, as the 2021 school year is starting, we have found another sponsor for her!  

The above circumstance is exactly why we started this project. To help girls like Adira to continue their education uninterrupted even in situations where we are unable to find an ongoing sponsor at the needed critical time. We are very grateful for your support to this key project that has now helped over 25 girls stay in school since the project first began!

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Location: Highlands Ranch, CO - USA
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Carol Davis
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