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.
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.
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.