Empower Child Domestic Workers Through Education

by Platform for Labour Action (PLA) Vetted since 2007 Site Visit Verified

Nayiga

She is an 18 year old orphan who used to work as a domestic worker after dropping out of school due to lack of school fees. I used to wash utensils, clothings, take care of children and only paid 30,000/= per month which could not cater for my basic needs nor take me back to school. Life was not easy since I was out of school and had lost my parents. I lost my parents at a tender age before I completed my 0-level and. I started staying home and working a Domestic worker not until my auntie decided to employ me in her Restaurant in Nsambya.

However I lacked proper skills especially in making confectionary and when an opportunity came for me to join Kyebando Vocational Institution under PLAs sponsorship I had to take it up immediately. The love for catering prompted me to Join KVTC hence offered catering. My class teacher would sometimes assign task to me whereby I could train my fellow classmates. I could also earn some money like 30,000/= from backing cakes for my class mates during their birthday and graduation parties. Immediately after graduation the demand for cakes in the neighborhood was high hence started making cakes and selling them? However this came to a standstill since I lacked an oven and I only had one charcoal stove which sometimes could burn the cakes. I had to stop although I do it on a small scale when an order comes along. I got a job in a decent restaurant in Natete a Kampala suburb where I cook and also act as a waitress.

I earn 25,000/= per week with Lunch and super. We are now empowered and able to earn a living from our skills. I make sure I save atleast 10,000/= per week and have plans of buying an oven and starting my own confectionary.

Platform for labour action with support from GlobalGiving partners is providing support for a better future to 53 girls currently in Lira district, 6 children are in primary four, 8 are in primary five, 17 are in primary six, 22 are in primary seven. The project provides support to war and HIV/AIDS orphaned girls who are in a child headed family and those girls living with HIV/AIDS positive status with school fees and Lunch; the home and school monitoring visits.  PLA staff monitor the homes where all these beneficiaries are staying. This is done through monitoring their conditions with their guardians their living conditions during holidays and providing psychological support during holidays.

In this quarter a number of activities were carried out that included; payment of school fees for term one, counseling, school visits to the beneficiaries. Below are therefore the activities carried out in-depth in the three months of January, February and March. 2018

SCHOOL VISITS

There were a number of 10 school monitoring visits that were held in the quarter; the visits were made to Lira Primary school, King James Primary School, Omito Primary School, Ireda Primary School, Otim Tom Primary School, V.H Public School, Ober Primary School, Lira Model Primary School, Adyel Primary School and Ojwina Primary School

The school monitoring visits enable the organization to understand the girls and their issues while at school and they also provide an opportunity to check on the beneficiaries’ performance in class and to see their behaviors while in class and their response to the school environment.

The school monitoring visits further enable the organization staff to get a chance to meet the beneficiary’s teachers as the teachers spend a lot of time with the girls and play a major role in their developments and advancement.

 The school teachers with knowledge of the girls’ vulnerabilities they are able to support them in their development.

During the school visits the beneficiaries are also monitored to see if they are going to school daily as some of their class teacher claims that most of them do not comes to school daily. This helps the organization to follow up on these beneficiaries and ensure that they get back to school by reaching their home and share with their guardians why they are not going to school in time. It also helps organization to share with beneficiaries the challenges they facing from both schools and their home. These help organization to provide psychological support to beneficiaries when the challenges are I identified. School monitoring visit also help organization to know beneficiaries are properly using their scholastic materials as this is given to them once in a year.

During school monitoring visit, we found out that some guardian do get all the scholastic materials which we give our beneficiaries and they give to their biological children.

We also found the most of our beneficiaries are reporting to school very late especially in the morning. The girls were being made to do heavy work at their homes including making tea for the children before they can go to schools and taking their guardians children to school before they can themselves go to school, washing clothes for their guardians children, sweeping compound, mopping house, at the end of all these, they end up leaving for school late and they reach school very late. The parents were talked to and they pledged to support the girls attain their right to education and enable them develop to their optimal potential.

PERFORMANCE

In 2017, PLA presented 17 candidates in primary seven and all these candidates qualified to join secondary Education though they did not join secondary education since the fund was not enough to pay their school fees. All these children are back on the street selling bananas, Ovacados, working in Hotels, to look for survival. They are at a very high risk of sexual exploitation, Child Labour.

 Out of all these 17 pupils who completed secondary education in 2017, 6 got first grade, 6 got second grade, 4 got second grade and 1 got fourth grade.

COUNSELLING SESSIONS

All the beneficiaries were able to get counseling together with their guardian from Administrative Associate during this quarters from their schools There were a number of 53 beneficiaries who were able to get counseling with their guidance.

Theya re being advised to concentrate in class and they should forget about the difficulties they are experiencing from home

They were also advised to respect their teachers, guardians and their friends.

They were also advised not to join bad groups which will end up making them not to achieve towards their good future. They will end up being affected with HIV/AIDS or even they will get pregnant at early age and they end up experiencing more problems more than the way they are.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CASESTORY FOR NAMAGANDA

Namaganda isa 15 year old domestic worker who was brought from Nakasongola to work as a domestic worker in Kampala at an agreed amount of 50,000/= per month. During Justine’s course of employment, the employer realized that she was pregnant and therefore she was facilitated with tablets to abort the pregnancy which resulted into complications.

 

The incident was brought to the notice of the neighbors who reported to police and this led to the arrest of Namaganda’s employer who was later released on police bond. PLA was also notified about the case by one of the trained taskforce members (these are trained community volunteers who are tasked with reporting child labour incidents in their communities) and thus PLA acted by withdrawing Namaganda from the employer’s home and took her to hospital for medical attention. Upon her recovery, Namaganda was enrolled at Nile Vocational Institute to undertake a vocational course in hairdressing and was awarded a certificate of completion in December 2017. Namaganda is currently working in a saloon in Kamuli district in Buyende village where she earns 50,000/= as her monthly wages.


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Aberuchan is an 11 year old girl who was brought from Masindi to Kampala by a one Joyce in August 2016 to work as a domestic work particularly to baby sit a one year old baby in Kisenyi 11 zone in Kamwokya 11 parish. In Masindi, Aberuchan was staying with her poor parents who were struggling to pay her school fees at Kigomba Primary School. A one Torach a neighbor in Aberuchan’s village took advantage of the parent’s poor situation to connect Aberuchan to Joyce to work for her as a baby sitter in Kampala. Aberuchan’s mother was hesitant to hand her over to Joyce but she was coerced to consent on promises that she would be educated while in Kampala. She was thus brought to Kampala and subjected to babysitting besides doing other domestic chores like cooking, fetching water, washing the baby’s clothes and mopping the house. She was also being subjected to heavy work such as carrying a 20 litre jerican of water on her head with a baby on her back.

 

PLA’s interventions in Aberuchan’s case resulted into her withdrawal from child labour and her resettlement back to her village in Masindi District in Bokwe Sub County in Kigunya village. PLA also recovered 155,000/= as Aberuchan’s compensation for doing domestic work. This was used to enroll Aberuchan in school in primary two at Bokwe Primary School and to also purchase scholastic materials such as uniforms, books and pencils


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Picture of Nakyaza with Adam the PLA M@E Associate
Picture of Nakyaza with Adam the PLA M@E Associate

Nakyanzi

Nakyanzi  is a 20 year old former domestic worker who resides in Nsmabya west a Kampala suburb. “I dropped out of school in primary seven in 2010 after the death of her father who was the bread winner of the family, Life became hard since we used to sleep hungry at home, joined very bad groups in the slum areas of Katwe of which some were prostitutes and drug addicts.  For survival purposes, I resolved to domestic work where I could wash clothes, cook food for different families and taking care of children. I used to earn between 2000/= to 5000/= a day depending on how many clothes or work I had done although some employers could not pay me while others could give me a lot of cores and pay me less than what we had agreed. My life changed when one of PLA task force members identified me and enrolled me at Nile Vocational Institute in Jinja where I pursued a course in Textile making. I acquired skills in making clothes, bed sheets and pillow cases. After graduation I got a tailoring job in Kampala with a monthly pay of 120,000/= a month although I left after the employer ran bankrupt. I am currently employed in Katwe Market with my mother where we sell foodstuffs like sweet potatoes, Matooke, vegetables and fruits and we earn between 10,000/= to 40,000/= per day.  I personally save 2000/= per day and plan to start up a retail shop in future. This money helps us buy food, clothing, pay for scholastic materials for my sister and also pay for rent. I thank PLA for reforming me because I would be either a commercial sex worker or a drug dealer since most of the groups I was in before going to Nile vocational are commercial sex workers and drug addicts”. Narrated Nakyanzi.

 

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Platform for Labour Action (PLA)

Location: Kampala, Uganda - Uganda
Website: http:/​/​www.pla-uganda.org
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Executive Director
Kampala, Uganda
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