Jackie is a 19 year old young woman whose father died when she was four years old. Jackie's mother abandoned her later. Unfortunately, Jackie was not able to attend school when she was growing up and therefore can not read or write. Our academic assessment team placed Jackie in a Grade 2 education level. Because of this lack of education as well as her history, she experiences a lot of stigma in the community. St. Jerome Emilian Academy accepts between 10-20 older students every year.
The community of Lunya, Uganda has only an 11% literacy rate which contributes to the extreme poverty conditions that are so prevalent in the community. Women and girls suffer much more than the men and boys because they often have to become the major providers for their families. While St. Jerome Emilian Academy provides education for younger children, there is an increasing need for educating older children and young women.
When women and girls in a community are educated and empowered with basic skills, there is a better chance that the next generation will not suffer from poverty and illiteracy. Education allows for families to be better planned which results in both women and men being able to delay marriage and pregnancy till they are ready which results in better social and economic growth. Your support will help Jackie be able to catch up on her education while learning better nutrition and life skills.
Illiteracy contributes to Poverty as children are forced to work manual labor jobs. Poverty causes illiteracy as parents cannot afford school fees and often require the children to stay at home to look after younger children or work to provide for the family. This is a terrible cycle that in many situations can only be broken with outside contributions and intervention. Kiwonnongo Foundation which runs St. Jerome Emilian Academy is dedicated to breaking this cycle within the community.