Ritah is very excited that she finally has a sponsor! For the past two years, we've been searching for a sponsor for her but potential sponsors kept choosing other children and not Ritah.
The good news is, Ritah is now about to finish eighth grade because of support from your donations through this project during the past two years. So rather than being forced to drop out of school after graduating from 6th grade where she had been a very responsible above average student, she was able to continue to secondary school.
Often after sixth grade, girls like Ritah who come from very poor families who cannot afford the higher school fees of secondary school have to drop out. Sadly, many of them become pregnant or are forced into early marriages or must farm and take care of younger siblings. Their hopes and dreams are dashed and forgotten.
We are glad that was not the case for Ritah because of this project! And now that she has a sponsor, your donations through this project can be directed to help other girls like Ritah who are taking their year-end exams for sixth grade next week. We hope that many of these girls will be very successful and achieve high scores like Ritah and other girls have done these past few years. They too will be able to progress on to seventh grade in early 2024 even if we have not yet quickly found a sponsor for them.
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for giving us peace of mind through your donations to this project. And especially thank you for giving girls like Ritah peace of mind knowing they can continue their schooling even though they don't yet have a sponsor!
This past February, we had to make some tough decisions on how many girls we could award scholarships to for 7th grade. The wonderful news that so many of our 6th grade students had done well on their year end exams in December was tempered by the stress of knowing that we did not currently have enough sponsors to support all students that had excelled on those exams.
Thanks to your donations through this GlobalGiving program, we boldly agreed to sponsor an additional eight girls to go to 7th grade even though we had no current sponsors for them. We knew that if we did not offer them scholarships at this critical point in their schooling, they would most likely drop out of school forever. Sixth grade would have been the end point of their education. And considering how well many of them did on their exams, that would have been truly sad.
So we agreed to provide scholarships for these eight girls in hopes that we would be able to find sponsors for these children later this year. So far, we have found sponsors for four of them and are continuing to urgently seek sponsors for the remaining four. We have included the photos of two of these girls, Esther and Lona, who very much appreciate that they are able to be in school at this very moment in spite of having no sponsor!
Your GlobalGiving donations are what is making this possible, to be able to pay their school fees until a more long-term sponsor can be found for them.
Thank you for your generosity in making sure these girls could continue their education and follow their dreams!
We're excited to share with you a success story of one of our sponsored students, Scovia. You might wonder does the support I provide to keep girls in school through this GlobalGiving project really matter? Is it really helping Ugandan girls stay in school?
Scovia is a real life example of why this project to keep girls in school really does makes a difference. It is not a simple task to keep a girl in school starting from when they are younger, during puberty and the early teenage years when as teens they do not always make the wisest choices in life and finally through their later teenage years and into their early twenties when you can see more clearly that they are maturing, growing older and wiser, and are more clear about the goals they want to accomplish and have an understanding that what they are doing is something that most of their friends did not have a chance to do.
Scovia turned 20 late last year. She had first joined our sponsorship program in 2017 as she completed 6th grade and was wanting and hoping to join 7th grade. However, she was living with an aunt at the time and the aunt could not afford to pay her fees. Her father had been a soldier and was killed during the LRA war. Scovia had done well on her exams but we initially could find a sponsor to pay only half of her sponsorship cost. We needed more time to find a second sponsor to contribute for the other half of her sponsorship cost.
It was only through this project's help, that Scovia was able to be accepted into the sponsorship program. She was joining 7th grade in February 2017 which was the very time that our GlobalGiving project began so that it could provide key short-term help so girls continue their schooling while we continued to locate enough needed longer term sponsors for them.
As one of the first beneficiaries of this project, Scovia is very grateful for the dedication and support each year which has allowed her to complete 7th to 10th grade, and then branch to a two year vocational course in Agriculture. Her goal is to start her own farm while also being either an extension worker or farm manager for someone else.
She is the 2nd oldest of five children in her family and her goal is also to be able to help her siblings with their education. In the meantime, she is a role model for them.
So, not only is Scovia very grateful for this project and YOU, we also are very grateful for your support and humbled by your generosity especiallly during the last couple of challenging years!
Please feel free to share about this project with friends, family and co-workers that might be interested in donating to change another girl's life forever!
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