Education
 Uganda
Project #14380

Support Educating Secondary Students in Uganda

by East Africa Aid Foundation
Student NJ
Student NJ

Name of child: NJ

Age: 18 years old at Secondary School

Place of Residency: Kiyuni Mubende

Mother: Age 52 and HIV positive

Father: Passed away

School Status: In school but did not sit for end of ordinary secondary level /UCE examinations due to lack of money for fees and exam registration. Now needs support for fees and registration to sit for UCE exams this year.

Home environment:

NJ lives in abject poverty with her 52 year old mother who is not employed. The family depends on subsistence farming for producing food basically for consumption. Living in a two roomed house made of mud walls with wattle and grass thatched roofing.

Major Problems at home: Inadequate food security at home, lack of income generating activity, and lack of school fees and materials similar to other students being supported at the program.

Student NJ and her mother
Student NJ and her mother
Student NJ at home
Student NJ at home
Student NS with her grandmother (guardian)
Student NS with her grandmother (guardian)

Name of child: Student NS

Age: 16 years old

Place of Residency: Nabutiti village, Kabosi parish-Bukuya sub/county

Mother: Abandoned after the death of her father when she was just 2 years and he has never been seen again.               

Father: Deceased

Guardian: Guardian NT (Paternal grandmother aged 65)

School status: Attending school (St Thereza Kkungu S.S.S)

Class: Secondary class form II

Home environment: Poor household and grandmother sells local blew from which she struggles to raise her fees.

Lives in a two room mud house with inadequate aeration for good health.

They stay eight in the two room house and 3 of the children are orphans while the 4 are her own children.

 Major Problems at home: Leaves on a small piece of land with limited space for cultivating food and thus causing food shortage for the family. Sylvia’s grandmother hires land in a distant area where she grows food to feed her seven member family. Sometimes she is forced to sell of a small amount of the harvest to raise some money to buy school items like uniform and books for Sylvia.

Progress:With the supporting funds collected from project Youth Spark we have been able to enroll Sylvia back again into school and purchase some of the basic school supplies for her to continue her education.

Student NS at home with family
Student NS at home with family
Student NS in school uniform
Student NS in school uniform
Student NS at school
Student NS at school
Student NS at school entrance
Student NS at school entrance
Student NS in class
Student NS in class

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Background:

Healthcare Volunteer Uganda, through partnership with Mildmay Uganda, started off efforts in 2013 to provide OVCs with support to a minimum package of scholastic materials as a way of reducing school drop outs resulting from poor facilitation and thus promote their education attainment.

Beneficiaries:

Needy school going children (OVCs), girls and boys both in primary and secondary school.

For the May supplies beneficiaries came from the two circles of Bukuya and Kiganda sub-counties respectively. The circles are mapped according to the ART clinics in the respective sub-counties. In the bukuya circle/ART clinic 56 children while 76 children benefited from the Kiganda circle/ART clinic.

Scholastic Materials distributed:

- Exercise books: 4 books of 96 pages per child

- Pen: 6 pens per child

- Pencils: 12 pencils per child

- Geometry sets: 1 set per child

- Foot ruler: 1 foot ruler per child

Challenges:

  • The number of needy children is still big compared to the number of materials HVU receive from Mildmay Uganda. We still need more funding to see that we can increase the number of beneficiaries to at least 60% of those in need.
  • Lack of adequate feeding at school also still affects the performance of these poor and needy children at school. Majority of these OVCs are coming from extremely poor households without enough food to give to the children while going to school, and yet schools also do not have school feeding programs, making these children to study on empty stomachs. This affects the performance in class and as a result of poor results many drop out due to frustration.
Two Students
Two Students

Healthcare Volunteer Uganda (HVU) continues the struggle lobbying for support to promote education
of orphans and vulnerable young people providing them with tuition fees and scholastic materials which
are essential for facilitating their learning at school. Many families where OVCs come from live  under
distressed conditions, even some children live on their own and as such cannot afford secondary school
education. Many of Students who cannot afford the requirements of being at school have continued to
drop out of school while those who persist have poor education attainment due frequent miss out of
classes and inability to perform academic tasks given at school.

Activities:

Enrolling Students in need of support for education:

From  January to mid February HVU has
been registering students who are in most need for educational support. A total of 10 students
were registered two of which are HIV positive, while eight are complete orphans and living with
HIV positive care takers. All the ten students do not have assured support for school fees and
other scholastic materials and many have not yet returned to school for this school term. The
total cost for school fees for one term for any given student is $ 150, $40 for uniform, $40 for
examination fees, and $ 50 for scholastic materials. Other miscellaneous fees amount to $120
bringing the total cost for all the items for one school year to $USD400.

Assessing Alternative means of sustainability for the OVCs Households:

In  an  effort  to  promote  the  principle  of  sustainability,  HVU  with  Mildmay  Uganda,  in  January
2014  been  making  an  assessment  of  the  possibility  of  supporting  poor  households  were
vulnerable students comes from with income  generating activities (IGAs). By enabling families
with means of earning an income, these households can become self reliant in the future and be
able to support the education of their children other than depending on donor funding that may
not  be  long  lasting.  Majority  of  the  households  visited  during  the  exercise  suggested  to  be
supported with livestock projects such as poultry, piggery, goats, and cattle projects while a few
wanted  financial  capital  to  start  small  businesses  in  the  informal  sector. 50  OVC  households
were visited for this exercise and their cases documented.

Life examples:

Shamim aged 16 and Hamadah  aged 13  attends  school  at  St. Francis  S.S.S Nansana  and  MK Crown Academy respectively. The two are siblings and were born in the rural Rakai district. They lost their mother in 2004 and their father in 2008 due to HIV/AIDS. The dual have  been  registered  for  the  HVU  education  support program and have been leaving under the support of their paternal uncle who cannot do much anymore at this time given his poor financial situation. Shamim is in secondary form  four  while  Hamadah  is  in  secondary  from  two,  but they are not sure of their future in school at the moment.

The two are part of the 10 students who were enrolled for potential benefit from the education support program.

 

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East Africa Aid Foundation
Project Leader:
Tarek El-Shayal
New York, NY United States

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