IBRAHIM AT HIS AUNT'S COT YARD, IN SCHOOL UNIFORM
Summary of project activities This is the Eighth quarterly activity report on support to 320 orphans with improved goats in eastern Uganda, in the districts of Kibuku, Budaka and Pallisa in partnership our donors under Global Giving understanding. The organization together with our beneficiaries continuously appreciates support of all our donors that have provided both financial, material and moral support to this project. Thanks are extended to global giving team for their wonderful arrangement that has enabled us so far obtain some external support to support the project. This is report submitted to stakeholders for stakeholder's consumption. The report is indicating quarterly project progress. In the eighth quarter, little was done by the organization due to lack of funding. The organization never realized any funding from any development partner. Critically, financial support is required due to the vast number of OVCs and their multifaceted circumstances that exposes them to a lot of vulnerabilities. Current status of Support 320 orphans with improved goats project The organization continues to economically empower orphans and their guardians in improved goats rearing as a means of raising incomes to support the orphans. However, the organization has been identifying OVCs in Pallisa, Kibuku, and Budaka districts, registering them and lobbying resources to support them. However, registration has been stopped due to the increasing number of OVCs and the limited financial resources of the organization. The board in a meeting decided to concentrate on the 320 orphans to ensure that they are fully supported before they embark on registering others.
In the last quarter, the organization never procured improved goats or passed over the first she goat delivered to the other OVCs. Three goats are pregnant and we expect to pass over the kids when they deliver in the next quarter. In the last quarter, the following were the only activities done: 1. Closely monitored the goats provided to OVCs in 10 households to ensure that they are fed and treated well. During this activity, a veterinary Doctor was involved and provided advisory services. 2. Visited 26 OVCs in 14 primary schools and one secondary school to establish their challenges at school. However, most of them study without lunch at school and this is affecting their studies. Most of them are poorly performing at school. Challenges 1. Limited financial resource is still the Major challenge because the major source of funding for the organization comes from donors and the project lacks adequate donors to finance its projects. 2. Resource mobilization skills are still a challenge by the organization and that is why the financial base is limited. 3. There is still dropout of our OVCs in schools due to hunger because the goat's project has not started yielding incomes. 4. Delay of the project to yield incomes, forces OVCs to go for child labour and dropping out of school. Recommendation The organization continues to requests all its donors to continue providing financial support and also linking this project in order for financial support in order to liberate the orphans who live depressed livelihoods
Testimony from one beneficiary
This testimony is from Ibrahim who was born in 2001 ad is now 12 years old in primary five. His parents were Margret Naula and zed Mukama who both died of HIV/AIDS in 2007 and 2009 respectively. Ibrahim is under the responsibility of his aunt Miss. Jane Kamede. Ibrahim was identified during school hours when he was under child labour. Interacting with him, he narrated the story of his suffering as an orphan. He said that her parents died, he was staying with Aunt Jane Kamede who a widow is conducting peasant farming. He said he gets one meal a day at home that dinner and lacks clothes. At school, he further said he doesn't get lunch and his life live in hard situation. Further more, he said he engages himself by digging for people after school and on weekends to secure some money for buying scholastic materials and clothes. He was promising to drop out of school due to hunger. However, he has the interest to study. The organization made an attempt to rescue Ibrahim from this hard situation. The project leader visited the aunt of Ibrahim and had meeting with his aunt in which she narrated her background and that of Ibrahim. The family of Aunt Jane is financially incapacitated and she is sick, an enable to do manual labour like digging. She narrated that her major problem is support Ibrahim because her life is also going.The project leader requested aunt Jane Kamede to allow the project provide some support to Ibrahim while at her home. The project leader requested Jane to stop allowing Ibrahim to engage in work that is meant for getting money as this is child labour. The organization pledged to provide scholastic materials for Ibrahim and promised to give Ibrahim an in improved goat rearing in order to raise house hold incomes and to use its dagger as manure for growing vegetables around their cot yard Jane Kamede got happy and owned up Ibrahim and is willing to take up the goat's project to ensure sustainable income generation. He pledged to be with Ibrahim and care for him responsibly. However, Ibrahim's prayer is to become an engineer. This story and the position exactly describe Ibrahim's life and this is how most of our orphans are obtained in rural areas in Pallisa, Kibuku and Budaka Districts.
Prepared by Namwoyo Samson Project leader