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Help Keep 15 Aspiring Ugandan Girls in School

by Outreach Uganda
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
Happy School Girls: You Help Support Scovia at rt
Happy School Girls: You Help Support Scovia at rt

i was in Uganda from mid-February to mid-March and want to update you about the status of our older girls in school, the very girls this project is helping to support!  The good news is the Uganda school year got off to a good start in February.  I, along with two other volunteers visited many of the secondary students at the schools where they board.  I've included a photo of one visit at the very end of February.  This gave us the opportunity to talk with the girls one on one to see how they liked school as well as to provide encouragement to the girls.

Four days after I  flew back to the U.S.,.Uganda's president sent all students home from school for 30 days as well as undertook other measures, all aimed at stopping the coronavirus from spreading within Uganda.  As of April 8th, there are 53 reported coronaivrus cases in Uganda with zero deaths reported. We hope that containment efforts continue to be successful.

According to Uganda school officials, they currently expect the school year to progress with students returning to school at some point and making up for missed school days by shortening or eliminating the two three-week term breaks and/or extending the school year into December.  We are operating under this understanding that students are just home for an earlier break than normal but will go back in May (or maybe June) depending on what happens.

In the meantime, we are helping the northern Agwata community where many of our students live. The clinic is making preparations to better withstand any health issues the community might face during the upcoming rainy season (May and June). So whether it might be increased cases of malaria, pneumonia or coronavirus, we are helping the community's clinic workers prepare to the extent we have funds available for this. This in turn will better support our students who are home on break and who depend on the local clinic for their health care.

We appreciate your continued support of keeping older secondary (7th to 12th grade) girls in school until we locate additional sponsorship and scholarship supporters for them. We also appreciate your continued support during this time as the whole world waits for the coronavirus crisis to pass so that we can return to a new normal. And especially importantly, so that our girls can return to school!

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Patricia is excited to go to 7th grade. Thank you!
Patricia is excited to go to 7th grade. Thank you!

Tomorrow starts the new Uganda school year. We've exiciting news about the girls from Agwata village.  In 2019 the school had the largest graduating class of girls (13) and they performed the best ever on their national exams that they took last November. In fact, this is the first time ever that one of our girls scored in the top division on the national exams.

We've got more good news--the incoming 6th grade class this year is the largest ever at 40 students with 25 girls, almost double our 2019 girl poopulation.  What a contrast to 2011 when we first began working in Agwata village and there were no girls in 6th grade!

But with all this good news comes challenges. We have found lots of sponsors for these girls but more sponsors are needed.  As we continue to look for sponsors, we remain very grateful to this GlobalGiving project for providing funding to plug the difference and allow additional girls to begin the school year tomorrow even if they have no long term sponsor.

You are helping girls like Patricia in this photo who does not yet have a sponsor but wants to go to 7th grade so she can eventually become a nurse.  She's extremely hard working and did well on her year-end exams.

And, as we mentioned in our last report, we want Patricia to achieve her dreams but we also know that (based on UN statistics):

Girls who complete secondary school (7th to 12th grade) will most likely: 

  • Be 60% more likely to find work
  • Be 66% less likely to marry at a young age
  • Be 60% less likely to have children before she reaches age 18
  • Be 50% less likely that any of her children will die before age 5 when she becomes a mother herself
  • Be 70% less likely to die in child birth

Thank you for helping Patricia and other girls like her start or continue on the path of completing secondary school! It's a huge gift to them and we couldn't do it without you!

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Adeno, a Sponsored Student Since 2008
Adeno, a Sponsored Student Since 2008

I’d like to introduce you to Adeno so you can see first hand, how your donations are impacting girls' lives. Adeno joined our sponsorship program very early in 2008 when she was still in primary school. She is very thankful to her sponsors that she has had this opportunity in her life.

Adeno comes from a large family including her parents. Her mother is one of the women artisans in our Jinja craft group. Her family lives in a single rented room in one of the worst Jinja slums (her home is shown in the 3rd photo). Adeno attended the nearby government primary school. Even that would have been impossible without her participating in our sponsorship program.

When younger, she dreamed of being a teacher. But when she finished 10th grade, she decided to branch to vocational school. She even received a scholarship for her tuition to join a catering course. Sponsorship means she could board at the school where she could focus totally on her studies.  She excelled in her studies.

This past summer she decided to pursue a two year associate’s degree course in travel and tourism. During her 2 month break from school, she joined us in Agwata village for four weeks as our paid chef. She started her degree course in September thanks to continued support from Outreach Uganda’s child sponsorship program.

This may not seem extraordinary. But comparing Adeno to other girls who grew up in the same slums, most are married with a couple of children. They have no means to support themselves or their families and no prospects for a future.

Because Adeno has completed 4 years of secondary school and will most likely complete 2 more years of schooling, we know that statistically per the UN:

  • She is 60% more likely to find work
  • She is 66% less likely to marry at a young age
  • She is 60% less likely to have children before she reaches age 18
  • When she becomes a mother, it is 50% less likely that any of her children will die before age 5
  • She is 70% less likely to die in child birth

Thank you for your support to enable more girls like Adeno to enter our sponsorship program and develop into hopeful young women like Adeno.

 

 

Adeno Excited to Gain Experience in Catering Field
Adeno Excited to Gain Experience in Catering Field
Adeno's Home Where She Grew Up in the Slums
Adeno's Home Where She Grew Up in the Slums

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Carol with 6th Grade Girls in New Rain Coats
Carol with 6th Grade Girls in New Rain Coats

I just returned from spending five weeks in Uganda, including three weeks at the northern Uganda school where we have 13 sixth grade girls boarding. Through your support, as well as help from other donors, we purchased rain coats for each of the girls plus English textbooks and math sets for the new library. The girls can study in the library outside of class time each day. So it is very helpful having the textbooks readily available.

Books are very rare in Uganda, even at schools. We're quite excited that the school library is complete, and stocked with an inventory of 1800 books of all types for students in kindergarten to 6th grade. One entire shelf contains pupils' textbooks which are concentrated initially on 5th and 6th grade. We hope to expand this further next year.

Thanks so much for helping make the girls' learning more productive as they continue to study for their very important year-end exams in November.

Students Using the New Agwata Library
Students Using the New Agwata Library

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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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Carol Davis
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