Support 100 vulnerable rural girls keep in school

by Empowerment For the Poor-Uganda (EFPU)
Support 100  vulnerable rural girls keep in school
Support 100  vulnerable rural girls keep in school
Support 100  vulnerable rural girls keep in school
Support 100  vulnerable rural girls keep in school
Support 100  vulnerable rural girls keep in school
Support 100  vulnerable rural girls keep in school
Support 100  vulnerable rural girls keep in school
Support 100  vulnerable rural girls keep in school
Support 100  vulnerable rural girls keep in school
Support 100  vulnerable rural girls keep in school
EFPU Social Worker delivering messages to children
EFPU Social Worker delivering messages to children

The closure of schools to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Uganda and the subsequent economic hardships in many families of orphans and vulnerable children   has put many children, especially adolescent girls, under intense mental distress, anxiety and frustration. It should be noted that since the COVID-19 outbreak in March 2020, many children have never stepped again in classrooms. On top of restricting     their access to learning which is a fundamental human right for children, the lockdown has also limited the children’s interactions with peers which has again increased more of their frustrations and anxiety to an extent that this situation has placed many of orphans and vulnerable children at risk of contracting sexually transmitted infections such as HIV/AIDS, having unwanted pregnancies and engaging in early marriages. Regrettably to say, many girls who have entered early marriages have become victims of gender- based violence and single mothers.

During this period, Empowerment for the Poor Uganda has been aiming at empowering children with psychosocial and resilience support to enable them doesn’t lose out on their education. We have organized psychosocial support sessions in which we have given children a chance and platform to interact with their peers as well as supporting them with key messages to enable them overcome stress and other psychological problems as well as in keeping them safe from early marriages, domestic violence and HIV infection. During this period under review , we have been able to reach out to  617 children with critical messages which  helped to revive the hope for education alive among these children . We have also distributed literacy materials to these children to enable them keep in school and disseminated messages and supplies to prevent their families from COVID-19 infection.

We thank our donors for your generosity and continued support which has enabled us reach at these milestones   because without your help, we would not have been here celebrating this achievement. We are greatly indebted for your generosity and kindness. We look forward to your continued support because in January 2022, schools will officially resume again but there are many children who will not be in position to afford school due to poverty. We hope that with your continued partnership, we shall be in position to enable orphans and vulnerable children access, retain and complete school. Thank you.

EFPU Social worker in action
EFPU Social worker in action
EFPU Social worker carrying out referral
EFPU Social worker carrying out referral
Joint counselling between parents and children
Joint counselling between parents and children
Support to victims of teenage pregnancy
Support to victims of teenage pregnancy

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During this period under review, Empowerment for the Poor-Uganda has played an invaluable role in raising awareness about back to school enrolment and the importance of education among community members as well as in supporting the school access, retain and completes primary and secondary education especially among girls through our Back to School Enrolment Campaigns. It should be noted that COVID-19 pandemic has resulted into the largest disruption to schooling in modern times where hundreds of most vulnerable children are still stranded in their homes unable to join schools and others lost all the guts to go back to schools.

We have implemented Back to School campaigns with an aim   facilitate access to education by giving children scholastic materials to enable them return to and stay in school without difficulty; We believe that education gives strong hopes and dreams to children and their future prospects in life and work

We have noted that the impact of school closures was greatly damaging to children especially those from critically vulnerable families to an extent that they are less likely to be in school even with opening of schools; yet being at home still, these children face additional risk factors from being out of school, including stress and anxiety, being integrated into child labour activities, violence, and sexual abuse. Therefore, to ensure that children rapidly return to school as soon as possible has been our greatest concern. During this period, we have carried out back to school campaigns in Magonga Parish, Malangala Sub County, Mityana District and we have so far reached out to 1,560 and their children and mobilized them to go back to school.

This will not have been possible without the generous support of our friends and sponsors. We want to thank you so much for your invaluable support. We also inform you that more huge support is still needed mobilize many children go back to school. Our community visits have found out that COVID-19 made many families to break up where many fathers left their homes and its only women trying hard to take care of the family where they meet many barriers that hinder them to ensure that their children access good quality education. Many children became pregnant but men who made them pregnant ran away and they need to be taken back to school.  I continue to call upon you our dear sponsors to continue working together to remove these hurdles and pave way for children future. We thank you indeed for your continued unwavering support.

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scholastic distribution for candidate classes
scholastic distribution for candidate classes

In order to meet the needs of girls to access, retain and complete both primary and secondary school, Empowerment for the Poor –Uganda has been sensitizing  communities  to take children  back to school especially those in  candidate classes-Primary seven (P.7), Senior  four (S.4)  and Senior six (S.6) following the ease of national  lock down in October 2020.

It should be noted that the National COVID-19 pandemic lock-down in Uganda has greatly devastated families, however the families of orphans and vulnerable children are the most hit. These families have experienced economic meltdown that has completely drained their incomes making it hard to feed their children or taking them back to school with the current opening of candidate classes (P.7, S.4 and S.6). In such situations, any support to these families, makes a big difference.

During this period under review, we are happy to have  supported 30 girls  candidate classes (28 from P.7 and 2 from S.4) in Malangala Sub County, Mityana district  to   go back to school by supporting them with scholastic materials (books, pens, geometrical sets, pencils and partial school fees  payment to enable them access, retain and complete their candidate classes. Children supported came from  Kiwawu Modern Primary school, Kitete Umea Primary school, Kiwawu Church of Uganda Primary School, Magezi Primary School, Jeza Primary and Kiwawu  Senior Secondary School and Bbala Church of Uganda Primary school. Distribution was presided over by the Chairman LCIII of Malangala Sub County and Chairman LC1 of Magonga 

 Likewise, we were able to sensitize parents to stop pushing their children into early marriages. Aware that  the stay-at-home measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 put many children especially girls under intense mental distress to the risk of contracting sexually transmitted infections, unwanted pregnancy or engaging in early marriages. The project has also  empowered these girls resist exploitation and abuse couples with sensitization on   menstrual hygiene management. We would not have been able to achieve what we have achieved without the generous support of our donors, we therefore thank you so much and request for your continued support to enable us empower and transform lives of more vulnerable  girls. We say thank you and thank you

a girl and parent gets her school materials
a girl and parent gets her school materials
parents after a  community sensitization
parents after a community sensitization
James with Peter at the distribution day
James with Peter at the distribution day
Girls attending a training
Girls attending a training
local leaders at the distribution exercise
local leaders at the distribution exercise
materials distributed to candidates
materials distributed to candidates

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Empowerment For the Poor-Uganda (EFPU)

Location: Kampala - Uganda
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Twitter: @EFPOUganda/
Project Leader:
Mutyaba James Claude
Mityana, Central Uganda
$353 raised of $15,000 goal
 
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