Feed, Educate, Empower Acholi Women and Girls

by The River Fund
Feed, Educate, Empower Acholi Women and Girls
Feed, Educate, Empower Acholi Women and Girls
Feed, Educate, Empower Acholi Women and Girls
Feed, Educate, Empower Acholi Women and Girls
Feed, Educate, Empower Acholi Women and Girls
Feed, Educate, Empower Acholi Women and Girls
Feed, Educate, Empower Acholi Women and Girls
Feed, Educate, Empower Acholi Women and Girls
Feed, Educate, Empower Acholi Women and Girls
Feed, Educate, Empower Acholi Women and Girls
Feed, Educate, Empower Acholi Women and Girls
Feed, Educate, Empower Acholi Women and Girls
Feed, Educate, Empower Acholi Women and Girls
Feed, Educate, Empower Acholi Women and Girls
Feed, Educate, Empower Acholi Women and Girls
Feed, Educate, Empower Acholi Women and Girls
Mentoring girls
Mentoring girls

Project Area. 

KITGUM DISTRICT - UGANDA 

Report Period: November 2017 - January 2018 

Background

The River Fund HIV/AIDs Family Support Association is a Community Based Organization (CBO) founded in 2007 by committed and motivated women to contribute towards improving the quality of life of persons infected and affected by HIV/AIDS, through educating and empowering the women and girls on HIV/AIDs Long Term Survival Skills and sponsorship and mentorship of girls in schools, economic empowerment and livelihood food security enhancement for a sustainable development for self-reliance through seeds provision, training in kitchen gardening andsupport to malnourished children through provision of trainings in provision of nutritious meals, and provision of  basic items like soap, sugar, cooking oil, salt.

The organisation envisions a just and caring society where people yearn to help one another and realize that every human being is connected to one another for a change in the world with values such as: sharing, Love, Non-Discrimination, Humility, Peace, Non Violence, Justice, Inclusiveness, Service, Dedication, Honesty, Transparency, and Compassion.

Project. Support to Girl Child Education - GEP

Purpose of the project:

To reduce the drop-out rate and enhance the educational potential of the vulnerable girl child in secondary schools in Northern Uganda through the provision of sponsorship support, guidance and improving the social environment for learning.

Expected outcomes

  • At least 80% of targeted vulnerable girls complete secondary education.
  • Incidence of pregnancy among targeted vulnerable girls reduced by 90% from current levels. 
  • Absenteeism due to girl-child specific factors among the targeted girls reduced by at least 80% from current level.

Outputs

  • 30 vulnerable girls sponsored through secondary education in the 3 years of project cycle
  • 3 life skills and career guidance training sessions held with targeted girls per term
  • 30 menstrual kits provided to targeted girls every school term

Activities conducted.

1.Mentorship.

Mentorship is very important for the improvement in the performance of students at school and understanding the social influences that they experience that may pose challenges to their stay in school. This session provides an avenue for opening up by the students about the challenges they are facing that if not handled may interfere with their studies. During mentorship meetings, the volunteers and the students develop relationships based on mutual as they hold heart to heart discussions with each other and together generate ideas on how to deal with the situations the students are faced with.

The session also provides space for the students to express to the volunteers their week points in their studies which in turn help the volunteers to hold discussions with the teachers concern to enable them provide extra lessons to the students or devise ways of making them understand during class periods.

During the course of the year, students were mentored and guided on different spheres of their personal development. From personal problems challenging them not to perform well in school, to guiding in academic’s spheres.

2. Paying the students’ fees.

The projected provided for a students’ scholarship for the entire year of 2017. A total of 20 students were supported in 8 schools. 3 of the schools are out of the district while the other 5 are within. Of the 20 students supported in 2017, 4 have completed their study course at Kitgum Core PTC, 2 have completed their UACE, one completed UCE while the other 13 have done promotional exams to the next classes.

3.Support with Sanitary towels.

As a way of improving on their hygiene and sanitation, the students were supported with sanitary pads for monthly use.  Each girl was given 3 packets of Sanitary pads while in the month of September, each adolescent girl received 4 packets of the pads.

Successes

  1. 20 out of the planned 30 girls to be supported during the project period through their secondary educational level have been supported with fees.
  2. 180 pkts of Sanitary pads were given to the girls being supported in the 3 school terms in 2017.
  3. 12 sessions of mentorship were conducted with the students.
  4. 04 out of 20 students supported have completed their training course in primary teaching and are now ready to get employed.
  5. 02 of the students supported have completed UACE and are waiting to join public universities or tertiary institutions.

Conclusions

Close monitoring and follow up at school by project implementers is key in fostering mentorship of the girls

Continuous support for the girls already in the project and enrolment of more girls in the project for support.

We are grateful to the River Fund and GlobalGiving for this support and for making it possible to provide support to the girls in 2017.

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Beneficiaries meeting with River Fund ED
Beneficiaries meeting with River Fund ED

Secondary Education Support for Vulnerable Girls

Report compiled by Aloyo Innocent Jessie, Project Leader: River Fund HIV/AIDs Family Support Women Association, Kitgum.

Report Period: AUGUST -  NOVEMBER 2017.

The River Fund HIV/AIDs Family Support Association is a Community Based Organization (CBO) founded in 2007 by committed and motivated women to contribute towards improving the quality of life of persons infected and affected by HIV/AIDS, through educating and empowering the women and girls on HIV/AIDs Long Term Survival Skills and sponsorship and mentorship of girls in schools, economic empowerment and livelihood food security enhancement for a sustainable development for self-reliance through seeds provision, training in kitchen gardening andsupport to malnourished children through provision of trainings in provision of nutritious meals, and provision of  basic items like soap, sugar, cooking oil, salt.

The organisation envisions a just and caring society where people yearn to help one another and realize that every human being is connected to one another for a change in the world with values such as: sharing, Love, Non-Discrimination, Humility, Peace, Non Violence, Justice, Inclusiveness, Service, Dedication, Honesty, Transparency, and Compassion.

Activities carried out this quarter.

Mentorship and meeting with the students

Provision of sanitary towels to the beneficiaries.

1. Mentorship and meeting with students.

Mentorship is very important for the improvement in the performance of students at school and understanding the social influences that they experience that may pose challenges to their stay in school. This session provides an avenue for opening up by the students about the challenges they are facing that if not handled may interfere with their studies. During mentorship meetings, the volunteers and the students develop relationships based on mutual as they hold heart to heart discussions with each other and together generate ideas on how to deal with the situations the students are faced with.

The session also provides space for the students to express to the volunteers their week points in their studies which in turn help the volunteers to hold discussions with the teachers concern to enable them provide extra lessons to the students or devise ways of making them understand during class periods.

2. Distribution of Sanitary pads and Scholastic materials.

During the visit to the students this term III, sanitary pads distribution was carried out with each student receiving 4 packets each. A total of 20 students received 80 packets of pads to support them during their menstrual cycle. The aim of this support is to enhance their personal hygiene and promote their self-confidence and class attendance at the time when they are experiencing menstrual flow.

Support with stationeries for school practice for the students in Primary Teachers college. Four students were supported with stationeries worth 500,000 Uganda shillings to aid in their final school practice. The students are writing their final examination this November 2017 before being passed out as primary school teachers. The students received box files, reams of papers, manila cards, marker pens, box files among other items.

4 out of the 20 students being supported are completing their final year in primary Teachers training this November.

2 out of the 20 students are sitting for their Uganda Advanced certificate of Education this November.

01 of the 20 students is sitting for her Uganda Certificate of Education this November.

13 students are sitting for their promotional exams to the next classes for term III.

School strikes have continued to disrupt students normal classes which affected two of the schools in which the students are being supported.

Way forward.

Continue mentorship and meeting with students to identify gaps in their learning and devise ways of engaging with their teachers.

Continue with the support and where funds allow, increase the number of beneficiaries.

Include other scholastic materials in the support being giving to the students since other parents are not in position to provide for their children. 

We are so thankful to GlobalGiving and the River Fund for this support. We could not have done this without all of your help.

PTC students with their box of sanitory pads
PTC students with their box of sanitory pads
A mentoring meeting with beneficiaries.
A mentoring meeting with beneficiaries.
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Our girls!
Our girls!

Secondary Education Support for Vulnerable Girls (Funded by GlobalGiving and The River Fund)
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Report Period: MAY -J ULY 2017.

Background.

The River Fund HIV/AIDs Family Support Association is a Community Based Organization (CBO) founded in 2007 by committed and motivated women to contribute towards improving the quality of life of persons infected and affected by HIV/AIDS, through educating and empowering the women and girls on HIV/AIDs Long Term Survival Skills and sponsorship and mentorship of girls in schools, economic empowerment and livelihood food security enhancement for a sustainable development for self-reliance through seeds provision, training in kitchen gardening andsupport to malnourished children through provision of trainings in provision of nutritious meals, and provision of basic items like soap, sugar, cooking oil, salt.
The organisation envisions a just and caring society where people yearn to help one another and realize that every human being is connected to one another for a change in the world with values such as: sharing, Love, Non-Discrimination, Humility, Peace, Non Violence, Justice, Inclusiveness, Service, Dedication, Honesty, Transparency, and Compassion.

Activities carried out this quarter.

1. Payment of Fees by the project leader
2. Provision of sanitary towels to the beneficiaries.

1. Payment of fees of the students.
During school term II, fees payment/support for the students was carried out by the Programme Coordinator. 20 students in total are being supported this term II
2. Provision of Sanitary Pads.
As term II begun, the girls were supported with sanitary towels. This is key in promoting their personal hygiene. Each student received 03 packets meant to take them through the term.

Achievements.

• Of the 20 students being supported, 01 is sitting for Uganda certificate of education (UCE) come November, 04 are now in their final year at Primary Teachers’ College and 01 is pursuing a Nursing course at St. Mary’s School of Midwifery, 02 are sitting for UACE come November and 12 are in still in the lower Ordinary level of Secondary education.

• 20 girls supported with Sanitary towels; 3 packets each for term II.

• Fees payment for Term II

Way Forward.

• Continue supporting those already in the program.
• Provide a full package for the girls being supported. This package shall include tuition fees, scholastic materials such as books, and pens in addition to sanitary items.

Testimonies.

I am forever grateful to the River Fund and GlobalGiving Team for their support towards my education.Thankyou so much in changing my life and bringing hope in my life through the financial support in paying my tuition fees for the past 04 years. I am so humbled of your love and support towards my education and many other disadvantaged girls from my region. I am completing next semester and with the enthusiasm, I will become a teacher to many young children. May God continue to bless you

We are so thankful to GlobalGiving and the River Fund for this support. We could not have done this without all of your help!

Sharon at Kitgum CORE Primary Teachers' College
Sharon at Kitgum CORE Primary Teachers' College
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Student at Kitgum Core PTC - pads in bag
Student at Kitgum Core PTC - pads in bag

Secondary Education Support for Vulnerable Girls

Report Period: February – April 2017.

Background.

The River Fund HIV/AIDs Family Support Association is a Community Based Organization (CBO) founded in 2007 by committed and motivated women to contribute towards improving the quality of life of persons infected and affected by HIV/AIDS, through educating and empowering the women and girls on HIV/AIDs Long Term Survival Skills and sponsorship and mentorship of girls in schools, economic empowerment and livelihood food security enhancement for a sustainable development for self-reliance through seeds provision, training in kitchen gardening andsupport to malnourished children through provision of trainings in provision of nutritious meals, and provision of basic items like soap, sugar, cooking oil, salt.

The organisation envisions a just and caring society where people yearn to help one another and realize that every human being is connected to one another for a change in the world with values such as: sharing, Love, Non-Discrimination, Humility, Peace, Non Violence, Justice, Inclusiveness, Service, Dedication, Honesty, Transparency, and Compassion.

Activities carried out this quarter.

1. Fees payment for identified beneficiaries
2. Identification of new beneficiaries
3. Provision of sanitary towels to the beneficiaries.

1. Fees Payment for beneficiaries.
Fees payment made for students being supported by the project. All the 20 students some of whom are in the final year of studies have been supported with tuition for the all academic year 2017.

2. Identification of new students for support.
To ensure that more vulnerable girls are reached and served, the project has identified 10 more students for support. The identified students most of which are students of S.1 are being provided with the same package as those already in the program. The identification was done jointly with the school administration. This is to ensure that, only students who need support and are interested in education are enrolled for support.

3. Provision of Sanitary Pads.
To promote hygiene for the girl child, the project provided the teenage girls with sanitary towels. This is key in promoting their personal hygiene. Each student received 03 packets meant to take them for the whole term.
Achievements.
• Fees payment made for 20 students being supported.
• 10 new students identified for support
• 20 girls supported with Sanitary towels; 3 packets each for term I.

Way Forward.

• Continue supporting those already in the program.
• Continue with the mentorship program to help guide and encourage the girls to stay longer in school and aim for better future.

Conclusion.

We are so thankful to GlobalGiving and the River Fund for this support. We could not have done this without all of your support and big hearts for the suffering in our community!"

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Acholi Girls
Acholi Girls

Background.

The River Fund HIV/AIDs Family Support Association is a Community Based Organization (CBO) founded in 2007 by committed and motivated women to contribute towards improving the quality of life of persons infected and affected by HIV/AIDS, through educating and empowering the women and girls on HIV/AIDs Long Term Survival Skills and sponsorship and mentorship of girls in schools, economic empowerment and livelihood food security enhancement for a sustainable development for self-reliance through seeds provision, training in kitchen gardening and support to malnourished children through provision of trainings in provision of nutritious meals, and provision of basic items like soap, sugar, cooking oil, salt.

The organisation envisions a just and caring society where people yearn to help one another and realize that every human being is connected to one another for a change in the world with values such as: sharing, Love, Non-Discrimination, Humility, Peace, Non Violence, Justice, Inclusiveness, Service, Dedication, Honesty, Transparency, and Compassion.

Activities carried out this quarter.

1. Mentorship of the students by mentors and the project leader
2. Provision of sanitary towels to the beneficiaries.

1. Mentorship of the students.
During school term III, the students were mentored by their mentors and project leader. These mentorship meetings focused more on guiding the students on what career they intend to undertake after their secondary education. As a result of the meetings, 3 of the 9 girls in Ordinary level intend to become teachers and plan to join primary teachers’ college after UCE results are out while the other 6 plan on continuing to Advanced level in their Secondary Education as that will give them clearer path on what career they can undertake in life.

2. Provision of Sanitary Pads.
As term III begun, the girls were supported with sanitary towels. This is key in promoting their personal hygiene. Each student received 03 packets meant to take them for the whole term.

Achievements.

• Of the21 students being supported, 09 sat for Uganda certificate of education (UCE), 04 are now in their final year at Primary Teachers’ College and 08 are in their final year of Advanced level in Secondary Education.

• 21 girls supported in Career guidance by the academic masters in which subjects they must concentrate on to achieve their desired careers.

• 21 girls supported with Sanitary towels; 3 packets each for term III.

Way Forward.

• Continue supporting those already in the program.
• Provide a full package for the girls being supported. This package shall include tuition fees, scholastic materials such as books, and pens in addition to sanitary items.
• Where funds are available enroll more 10 girls in the program.

Testimonies.

I am forever grateful to the River Fund and Global Giving Team for their support towards my education.Thank you so much in changing my life and bringing hope in my life through the financial support in paying my tuition fees for the past 03 years. Through hard work and determination I will complete my year two (final year) in primary teaching this year. I look forward to becoming a blessing in many other lives through my teaching profession. I am so humbled of your love and support towards my education and many other disadvantaged girls from my region. May God continue to bless you and the works of of your hands.
Joyce- Kitgum CORE Primary Teachers’ College.

The favorite thing about this sponsorship is that I have been given an opportunity to better my future by continuing with my education and reduce on my chances of dropping out of school an opportunity which other vulnerable girls do not have. I want to be a role model for other girls and a leader too. My desired goal in life is to study Law at the University and become a Lawyer which I believe will put me in a position to support many lives. For this I am forever grateful to the River Fund and the Global Giving team for your financial support towards my education.
Orsula – Archbishop Flyn Sec. School Pader.

Conclusion.
Girls’ education is an investment which should be taken up by every parent or nation. The challenge though is that some parents are unable to support their daughters in school due to poverty and many other constraints. Yet investing in girl’s education means her future is secured in terms of income, delayed marriage, having fewer and healthier children as well as she becoming a change agent for her society. To make this possible, a lot still needs to be done. This however requires funding support for such vulnerable girls to enable them achieve their dreams in life.

We are so thankful to Global Giving and the River Fund for this support. We could not have done this without all of your help!"

Joyce
Joyce
Orsula
Orsula
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