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!