Empower Child Domestic Workers Through Education

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Empower Child Domestic Workers Through Education
Empower Child Domestic Workers Through Education
Empower Child Domestic Workers Through Education
Empower Child Domestic Workers Through Education
Empower Child Domestic Workers Through Education
Empower Child Domestic Workers Through Education
Empower Child Domestic Workers Through Education
Empower Child Domestic Workers Through Education
Empower Child Domestic Workers Through Education
Empower Child Domestic Workers Through Education
Empower Child Domestic Workers Through Education
Empower Child Domestic Workers Through Education
Empower Child Domestic Workers Through Education
Empower Child Domestic Workers Through Education
Empower Child Domestic Workers Through Education
Empower Child Domestic Workers Through Education
Empower Child Domestic Workers Through Education
Empower Child Domestic Workers Through Education
Empower Child Domestic Workers Through Education
Empower Child Domestic Workers Through Education
Empower Child Domestic Workers Through Education
Empower Child Domestic Workers Through Education

NYANGOMA

Nyangoma is a 22 year old former domestic worker in Kifumbira slum Kamwokya. I come from a small village in Kyirandongo, my father passed away when I was five years old and my mother, a subsistence farmer paid for my education until P.7 when she could nolonger afford. I relocated to Kamwokya where I stay with my sister. She found me a job as a domestic worker where I worked for 4 months without pay. I decided to quit and since surviving in Kampala was hard, I moved back to the village. In 2016, the LC1 chairman informed me that an organization known as PLA was registering young people that wanted to acquire vocational skills. I registered and enrolled at KVTC where I studied tailoring for 6 months. My life has since then changed. I am currently a trainer at the sustainable Youth Development Foundation Mpelerwe where I am training four people in tailoring earning 100,000 shillings per month. I can now afford to feed myself, get descent clothing as well as save 20,000 shillings per month. In the future, I hope to acquire my own sewing machine and become self employed. My sincere thanks to donors and PLA for granting me this opportunity and I hope it does not stop with me because there are many young people out there that can use these skills to change their lives.


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Natasha is a 16 year old girl who grew up with both her grandparents in Mbale after the death of her father. Natasha came to Kampala to work as domestic worker after she dropped out of school because the grandfather who used to pay her school fees had passed on. On reaching Kampala Natasha first worked in Ntinda a Kampala surburn for 3 months at an amount of 70,000shs per month however her employer always mistreated her so one of the neighbors got her a job at her brother’s place in Kisasi.

Natasha worked in Kisasi for 1 year and 2 months without payment, whenever she reminded her employer about her salary he always asked for some time therefore Natasha was advised by one of her neighbors to report the matter at the Chairperson’s place who also tried to engage the employer but he still made the same empty promises. The Chairperson then referred the matter to the nearest police post (Kikulu), the police officer had been trained by PLA about rights of domestic workers he tried to engage the employer but failed to pay then later referred the matter to PLA.

PLA withdrew the girl from child labour, engaged the employer who promised to pay the money by 20th /08/2018 however the employer has only paid 400,000shs, he promised to pay the rest of the money (600,000/=) after 2 months. It’s from the above note that thePLA  has decided to resettle Natasha back to her village in Mbale (Busiwu) town, PLA lawyers will continue to engage the employer until when he finishes paying the entire amount of money he owns Natasha.

Natasha will agreed to use the money for a hair dressing course and she since got  skills in hairdressing, upon resettlement the PLA attached  her to an apprentice who is teaching Natasha skills in hairdressing to enable her make a living.

My name is Rachael 11 year’s old girl in primary four at Erute Primary School. I would like to thank PLA so much for supporting me in my Education. I am now very happy that am at school.

Thank you for paying my school fees and Lunch at school. I am requesting PLA to start helping us even at home during holidays with food.

I am also requesting PLA to help us with scholastic materials since we are not able to get it

She has single parent that is her mother  Judith (Affected with HIV/AIDS). Her father Obete  died in 2015 with HIV/AIDS.

Rachael does operate in bananas and Avocado business in town. During weekend and holiday. She participates in this business to buy eatables, books and medicating herself.

Rachael is in the Family of 3 children, she is second born in the family. Her sister Flavia is the head of the family and she was also being sponsored by PLA

She said she is getting a lot of difficulties from her mother since she is using bad Languages on her like” I am dying soon am not going to waste my money on someone who is not going to help me, sometimes she goes for selling her bananas and she does not come back home for even one week”

She is too wild if she takes her drug when there is no food , she said that she do fear her mother a lot some times because a times she threaten them. Rachel’s mother is receiving counseling to enable her support the children and not to be depressed as she is the only parent the children have.


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Platform for Labour Action with support from Global Giving is implementing a project entitled “Educate 100 War and HIV/AIDS Orphaned Ugandan Girls”. PLA is implementing a global giving program entitled Educate 100 War and HIV/AIDS Orphaned Ugandan Girls whose overall goal is to empower female children through education in Lango Sub region. This project was started as a response to the 21-year-old LRA war that left many children orphaned and destitute. There is a pressing need for rehabilitation and empowerment of female children through education. Lira district is no longer affected by war and the communities are in rehabilitation where there is need to ensure that the children are rehabilitated and have access to education.

Platform for Labour Action through the Global Giving Donors is providing support for to 54 girls currently living in Lira district including; three children (3) in primary four, eight children (8) in primary five, seventeen children (17) in primary five, twenty six ( 26) in primary seven. The project provides support to war and HIV/AIDS orphaned girls and those girls living with HIV/AIDS with school fees, Lunch fees, counseling, scholastic materials such as books, pens, pencils, rulers, rubbers and school uniform, Toilet paper and mathematic sets and sanitary pads.

Through the home monitoring visit and school monitoring visit, PLA staff monitor the schools where all these beneficiaries are studying. This is done through checking their conditions with their teachers during school, their living condition when at school and providing psychological support at school and during holidays.

In this quarter a number of activities were carried out that included, taking children to schools, payment of fees for term two, counseling, school and home visits to the beneficiaries. Below are therefore the activities carried out in the three months of July, August and September, 2018.

Fees Payment

Last QuarterWe were able to pay school fees for all beneficiaries in different schools where they are studying

SCHOOL VISITS

The school monitoring visits are meant to check on the beneficiaries’ performance class and to see their behaviors at school.

The school monitoring visits gives the organization the chance to meet the beneficiary’s teachers since in most cases they are the ones that see the girls while they are at school and have one or two things to mention about their performances.

The school teachers also play big roles in shaping the beneficiaries better future especially when they get to know how vulnerable the children are through PLA staffs who are dealing with these children.

7 schools monitoring visits were carried out, the school visits were made in King James Primary School, Ireda Primary School, Otim Tom Primary School, Omito Primary School, Erute Primary School, and Sir Samuel Joe Primary School.

 

There is however great improvement generally on the living conditions of the children being supported. The children now have great hope for living. Some of the guardians living with HIV/AIDS have greatly improved health wise and stress has greatly reduced and their children are living normal lives like other children with both parents.

The Lira community has also continued to recognize the support given to the orphans and they are appreciating the help from Platform for Labour Action.

Good news

Out of 16 beneficiaries who sat for Primary Leaving Examination Board in 2017, 13 of them got free education from the various schools Like Akullo Patricia was being Admitted in MT St Mary Namagunga Lugazi because of her good performance in her primary examination and she is also a very good foot baller, 10 of them were being admitted at premier comprehensive school Lira for their good talent in girls foot ball and they are only paying scholastic materials costing them 60,000= per term, two girls were being given scholarship at The Vision High School. All these happened due to the lobby from the PLA staff with schools and District Officers to support these children.

CHALLENGES FACED BY CHILDREN

  • Most of the children are being engaged to child domestic labour during holidays to look for survival especially during holidays. They work for people but later they do not get payment
  • They are being given Heavy work during weekend, early in the morning and evening After class
  • Some guardians are over working these children and they are reporting to school very late in the morning, hence making them not to perform well in class since they reach class when they are tired and not psychologically stable.

ACTION TAKEN BY PLA

  • Local Leaders are being Advised on how the project runs and how the organization is raising money to pay this children.
  • These girls are being provided with psychosocial support and they are advised to report any abuse to the elders, police or any Local Leaders around
  • Children are taken through counseling to strengthen them psychologically in attaining self-confidence.
  • Guardian who were not supporting the children and are mistreating them , pushing the into early marriage, are being counseled and educated on how to deal with this children and child right and protection
  • Regular visits to the schools are being made by the PLA staff to check on the progress and performance of the children.

Rosette`s case story

Rosette is 13 year old who was brought to work as a domestic worker in February 2017 in Kireka - Wakiso District. Following the separation of Rosette’s parents, she was left in the care of her paternal Aunt at a very tender age of 7 years. The Aunt using the merger resources struggled and educated Rosette until completion of her primary education. Rosette’s Aunty could no longer support her at secondly level. With no hope of any other good Samaritan to come her recue but with only a zeal to further her education, Rosette offered to work for her Paternal Uncle as a domestic worker. In February 2017, Rosette was brought her Uncle to Kireka a suburb in Wakiso district to work as a domestic worker at an agreed monthly salary of Ugx. 50,000/= (Uganda Shillings; Fifty Thousand only).

Rosette’s Aunt agreed with the Uncle to keep all the salary until December 2017 to use to enroll her in the Universal Secondary School. On reaching in Kampala, Rosette was mistreated at the hands of her Uncle who was also the employer. She succumbed to constant beating and verbal abuses as denial of food.

On one fateful day of 15th November 2017, Rosette was beaten on allegations of intentionally breaking a flask. Rosette disappeared from home and she was found wondering in Kirinya area near Kireka by a good Samaritan who took her to the Kirinya police station. PLA was called by the Child and Family Protection Officer to represent Rosette who employer/ Uncle was uncooperative. PLA lawyers intervened in the matter by convening mediation with the employer and as a result Ugx. 602,000/= was recovered for and on behalf of Rosette as her outstanding wages for the time she had worked. In addition the employer/ Uncle paid compensation of Ugx. 200,000/= for assaulting Rosette and Repatriation fee of Ugx. 70,000/= back to Bushenyi district in Nyabiri village in Rwentura sub county. PLA worked with the Aunt to enroll Rosette for a tailoring course using part of the recovered money and the remaining money she bought a second hand tailoring machine.

 

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