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Help Keep 10 Aspiring Ugandan Girls in School

by Outreach Uganda
Help Keep 10 Aspiring Ugandan Girls in School
Help Keep 10 Aspiring Ugandan Girls in School
Help Keep 10 Aspiring Ugandan Girls in School
Help Keep 10 Aspiring Ugandan Girls in School
Help Keep 10 Aspiring Ugandan Girls in School
Help Keep 10 Aspiring Ugandan Girls in School
Help Keep 10 Aspiring Ugandan Girls in School
Help Keep 10 Aspiring Ugandan Girls in School
Help Keep 10 Aspiring Ugandan Girls in School
Help Keep 10 Aspiring Ugandan Girls in School
Help Keep 10 Aspiring Ugandan Girls in School
Help Keep 10 Aspiring Ugandan Girls in School
Happy 6th Grade Girls Boarding at Agwata School
Happy 6th Grade Girls Boarding at Agwata School

The 2nd term of Uganda's school year began on May 27th.  The Agwata School's 6th grade class has 13 girls in its class of 24 students. These girls are very appreciative of being able to board at school during this term.  Your continued support makes it possible for all girls to board at school regardless of whether they have a permanent sponsor or not.

Your support helps pay for food and supply costs to support the unsponsored girls at school during the school term.  There was a severe drought in this area of northern Uganda duirng the last half of 2018. This meant very little harvest at year end. Parents are struggling now to provide food for their families until the 2019 harvest later this year.  This makes it especially important and valuable for the 6th grade girls to stay at school where they receive three meals per day.

Boarding at school is not a luxury. The students follow a rigorous schedule of studying while they board at school. This provides them ample time for extra lessons from the teachers as well as time to revise their notes and study with fellow students. The girls hope that their extra study time will pay off when they take their very important year end exams at the end of November.

Thanks so much for your generous contributions which help make this possible!

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Sponsorship Program Helps Jully continue in school
Sponsorship Program Helps Jully continue in school

Thanks to your help, girls like Jully are able to stay in school--even when tragedy strikes. Jully was lucky. She was already in our sponsorship program when her mother passed away late last year.  But many other girls are not so fortunate.  With your help through this Globalgiving project, if we hear of a girl in our sub-county who suddenly loses a parent or guardian, we can step in and assist the family to keep the girl in school on a temporary basis until a more permanent sponsor can be found.

The ability to quickly respond in such emergency situations in many cases allows the girl to continue in school without interruption even when her family life suddenly changes. In Jully's case, we were able to place her in our boarding section at school since her new guardian was very overloaded and otherwise unable to send her to school.

We appreciate your continued help which allows even more girls to be helped immediately when they might be in the midst of a crisis and likely to drop out of school.

Thank you for making a difference in girls' lives!

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Gladys Before and After Being Sponsored
Gladys Before and After Being Sponsored

Our Girls' Education Initiative continues to provide a pathway for Uganda girls to gain access to a secondary education and vocational training. We thank you for your continued support for helping girls stay in school.

We hope that they can follow the path of Gladys, one of the girls who has been in our sponsorship program for the past ten years. Gladys is now completing her university program to earn a diploma in the business field.  Before she joined our program in 2008, she had dropped out of school because her mother could no longer afford it. 

We are excited to see Glady's future unfold and hope that she can be an inspiration to other girls following in her footsteps. We hope that some of the top performing girls at the northern Uganda primary school (see photo) where we distributed sanitary pad kits this past summer can become part of our sponsorship program in 2019. 

Sixth graders took their very important national exams in November. They will learn their scores in mid-January. This will determine whether they can continue on to secondary school and what school will want to give them admission.  There are eight Agwata girls who took this exam along with many girls from other nearby schools where Outreach Uganda distributed sanitary pad kits these past two years.

We'll keep you updated. But please spread the word. Your help is critical to being a stepping stone for girls to stay in school until a longer term sponsor is found.

Thank you!

Future girls to be sponsored and join secondary?
Future girls to be sponsored and join secondary?

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Vivian, Excited to Go to School
Vivian, Excited to Go to School

Vivian was one of the top performing students in the Lamwo district in 2017 when she completed 6th grade.  And yet she could barely afford to go to secondary school and then only sporadically as a day student during 7th grade thanks to an auntie that could occasionally provide help.  Teachers at her secondary school quickly realized her potential and even began taking up collections among themselves to help buy her school supplies.  And yet, they knew they couldn't do this forever.

That's why we selected Vivian to be a part of our child sponsorship program.  She does not have a full time, long term sponsor yet, but thanks to this project on GlobalGiving, we have been able to pay her school fees as a boarding student at her school in Kitgum Uganda for the first two terms of the 2018 school year.

Vivian is very thankful and overjoyed that she can now attend school regularly and board at school like most of her other fellow students. In Uganda, most secondary students board at school so they have time to study, adequate food to eat, and electricity to study at night.

Thanks to you, Vivian has now risen to being the top performing girl student in her 8th grade class.  Please share this letter with family and friends who might be interested in our project of helping girls like Vivian remain in school.  Or who knows?  Maybe one of them would want to sponsor Vivian to complete her secondary schooling!

We appreciate you very much.  Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. You have made Vivian's dream come true by giving her the gift of education.

Carol, OU
Carol, OU's president, talking with Vivian

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Catherine in for Business Administration
Catherine in for Business Administration

Catherine was one of the first three girls from her community to attend secondary school (7th to 12th grade) as part of our Girls' Education Initiative Program.  She struggled through 7th to 10th grade because she did not have any help with her early years of education until five years ago when she joined our sponsorship program. 

I had the good fortune to be able to talk with Catherine when I was in northern Uganda earlier this month. She branched to vocational school in February this year and is very happy with the business administration course she is taking.  She found employment with a local NGO during her holiday break and is now earning a small amount of money.  You can feel her enthusiasm and confidence as she talks about her future!

Shortly after I talked with Catherine, I met with seven girls who are in 6th grade at the Agwata school where we work.  They will be taking very important year end national exams at the beginning of November.  These girls are also very confident and excited about their prospects for the future, and hoping to do well on these exams. As an NGO we stand ready to help these sixth grade girls continue on to 7th grade if they complete their exams successfully.

But we could do nothing without your help.  We thank you so much for your support through donations to this project which helps us help these girls achieve their dreams for a bright future.

Agwata 6th Grade Girls - August 2018
Agwata 6th Grade Girls - August 2018

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Outreach Uganda

Location: Highlands Ranch, CO - USA
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Twitter: @outreahuganda
Project Leader:
Carol Davis
Highlands Ranch, CO United States
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