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