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.
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.
We are excited! The new school year started this past Monday and we have over thirty girls at our northern Uganda location who are in secondary school. Many of these girls have sponsors however, in several cases, the girl does not have a sponsor and needed help from our scholarship fund which this project helps fund. Had these funds not been available, the girl would have missed her chance to further her education and most likely would have dropped out to get married. In 2011, there were no girls in secondary school from this area of northern Uganda!
We are especially happy that three of the girls who graduated from sixth grade did very well on the national exams that they took in November. This means they had a better selection of schools to choose from for their secondary education. Again, funding from this project is making it possible for these girls to continue their education. We currently have three more girls who scored very well on their exams and are hoping for sponsors. Do you know of someone who might be willing to join in and help these girls reach secondary school (7th grade)?
Outreach Uganda continues to provide support for older girls in school. During 2017, our sixth grade girls boarded at school for two entire terms. This is major progress from 2016, when they were able to board for only the last month of the school year. In addition, we were able to provide a solar light system for the girls' boarding area beginning in August, so they have ample light for studying at night.
Boarding at school is very important because it allows the girls to devote much time to their studies instead of being overworked at home. We hope that this will mean they do well on their exams which are happening in November. We won't know their exam results until January. We hope that the additional time to study will show improved results from the prior year. This will mean that even more girls will achieve well enough to progress on to 7th grade where they can pursue either a vocational track of learning or a more academic track.
Either way, you can support these girls through this Globalgiving project. Help make sure no girl is left behind and forced into early marriage simply because there were no school fees for her to continue.her schooling.
Thanks for your continued support of this very beneficial project for girls.
Outreach Uganda continues to remain very dedicated to helping girls stay in school. When I was in Uganda in June/July, we visited another primary school called Ogwancan and distributed 100 sanitary pad kits to fifth and sixth grade girls at the school, as well as presented a program for them stressing the importance of attending school regularly so they can achieve their dreams. The headmaster at this school is a woman and she was very enthusiastic about our program and is looking forward to us returning later this year to help train several woman teachers there to continue with the program.
All of this work in the primary schools through our Girls' Education Initiative (GEI) program is aimed at keeping girls in school and doing well through sixth grade so we can offer sponsorships and scholarships to them in secondary and even through vocational and university programs. Right now, over 20 girls who were in our GEI program are now in secondary as a result of sponsorships and scholarships that we have provided. But we have more candidates than we do scholarship money. That's why we are continuing to promote this project on GlobalGiving. It is the opportunity to make a major difference in a girl's life which can help make her dreams for a better future come true.
September is the start of the university year in Uganda and we have several girls with one sponsor who can provide partial but not all funding for their education. We hope that this project will be able to assist the girls with the additional funding they need. One such student is Diana who hopes to start a chemical engineering program. Another girl, Nabatanzi hopes to start a Community Based Rehabilitation program.
Christine, the girl we mentioned in our last update, continues her secondary schooling program and is doing well. We visited her school also when we were there in July.
Thanks again for your support of this very important program!
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