Education
 Uganda
Project #15451

Support Education for Youth in Rural Uganda

by Even Ground

Dear Donors,

This is a brief progress report on the scholarships that were provided to three (3) needy students who sat for their Advanced Level Certificate exams. The three students finished exams in December 2016 and they are currently waiting for results from the Uganda National EXaminations Board (UNEB). It is anticipated that they will make good grades going by the efforts that they put in their revision and the career guidance that was given.

As of now the boys is doing part-time work to earn some pocket money and field work experience as he waits for his results. As for the girls, they are currently helping their families with homework.

 

Thanks,

Brenda at school
Brenda at school

Dear Global Giving Team,

It is yet another privilege to share exciting news about the academic and social stability progress that is being made by the beneficiaries of our education support program in Uganda.

The three beneficiaries of the short-term scholarships namely Justine, Brenda and Shafiki being supported with funds raised through Even Ground are currently having their 2nd term school holiday.  The three students continue to make good progress and will soon be embarking on their final term in which they will undertake their Advanced Level Education Final Exams. School visits and telephone calls made to them have revealed that they recently sat for their MOCK exams and results are not yet out but the three are hopeful for good grades. One unfortunate bit was that Shafiki had a toothache which kept him out of school for some days and hence missed an exam. He added that: “I’m doing all possible things in terms of revision time and group discussions to ensure that I score good Grades at my finals”. Brenda is just all praises to whoever donates towards her education. She told her grandma: “God never gives up on needy children, who knew that I would do my form 6 without fees problems?” She tells her grandma that the only way she can pay back to her anonymous funders is by focusing on her education so that she gets good grades. Justine equally continues to pledge her total devotion to studies since she is now assured of school fees at least up to the final certificate awarding exams.

As a sign of appreciation, one of the three students requested us to send you her letter (a scan of which is attached herewith) so that you can get a clear picture iof how she values this sponsorship.

It should be noted that the three students have served as good examples on this pilot project. We have been trying out a short-term scholarship for needy students who were failing to get fees to be able to do their Advanced Level certificate exams. We now know that this model works. The approach doesn’t require a lot of funding and is less risky in terms of financial loss [due to school dropout] since you adopt a student at a critical stage in their education career where chances of dropping out are minimal, since it caters for only one critical life-changing year. Funding available, we are planning to recruit another group of needy students [probably more than 3 students] next year and support them through the same system.

 

Thanks,


Attachments:
Brenda at  her grandma
Brenda at her grandma's place

Dear Global Giving Team,

Our biggest news is the decision by FINIDP to start offering short-term scholarships to a few needy students using a fraction of the general operating funds already granted from Even Ground. The plan is to target a few academically promising but needy students who are in candidate (Certificate Awarding) classes but are struggling to stay in school because of tuition and other school dues.

Our first beneficiary is Shafik Kaweesi, a male aged 19 years, currently in Senior Six (Form 6) at Crested Senior Secondary School, in Kampala. To Shafiki primary education was smooth with no big school fees challenges but life changed drastically when his Dad lost a job. According to Shafiki, the education journey at first was not the worst not until his father, divorced the mum. Shafiki noted that this seemed as something to reckon with but later turned up to be a huddle in his way of life. Shafiki said: “when mum left home life completely changed as my father continuously lived a life of hardships”. “Dad deserted us; we were left alone in the house for about three years”. “In these years, my brothers and sisters had to take care of me but they were also in secondary school and couldn’t help much”. “From Primary Five, I have been to different schools because school fees debts have been accumulating”. I am currently in Form Six, but with lots of financial problems and inconsistency at school yet in a candidate class one needs maximum concentration to achieve good grades. FINIDP has so far paid started by paying Shafiki’s outstanding tuition fees and examination fees for his Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (UACE) exams due in December 2016. On May 20, 2016 we paid Shafiki’s 2nd term tuition fees and he is currently attending school without any interruption related to school fees burden.

Our 2nd beneficiary is a 19 year old female, Janet Brenda Nalwoga, who is also in Senior Six (Form 6) at Masajja Secondary School, Kamapala. Brenda, as she is popularly known, is a girl who has tested the wrath of parentless life since her parents separated and the responsibility of her welfare and education was left to her struggling grandmother. Unfortunately the grandmother is not gainfully employed and worse still she has other dependants. As a consequence, Brenda has had intermittent stay at school since her primary level education, something which has adversely affected her academic grades. Much as Brenda has managed to make it to Form Six, she is at the risk of failing to do her final exams if school dues are not cleared in time. As a result, FINIDP has adopted her as a befitting child to receive school fees for 2nd and 3rd terms so that she can do her UACE exams.

The purpose of the scholarships to both Shafijki and Brenda is to help the two needy students complete their UACE, which is a pre-requisite to Vocational Training or College or University Education Institution in Uganda.

We are in the process of recruiting a 3rd beneficiary - we will give details in due course.

FINIDP is grateful to Even Ground for the continued support and to the Global Giving Team for making all this possible.

Shafiki
Shafiki
Justine at graduation with her mother
Justine at graduation with her mother

The Uganda Education Project team, in collaboration with our local partner and our parent organization Even Ground, is thrilled to share another great achievement from one of our students! Thank you to each of you, our dedicated sponsors who make our work possible.

Recently, Justine graduated with a Bachelor of Microfinance degree from Kyambogo University.  See attached photos which were taken on the graduation day. Justine is currently searching for a job; we will be sure to keep you all posted on her next steps. Justine has been one of our scholars for many years, including primary, secondary and university study. We are thrilled for her accomplishments to date and know she has a bright future ahead of her.

As we seek to expand our support for our scholars, we have a plan to provide start up capital to support students who graduated from vocational training institutes, but have not yet been employed. This in our view will help them to become job creators as opposed to being job seekers.

On behalf of our scholars, thank you for your continued support!

Wishing you and yours a happy and healthy New Year!

As we look back on 2015, we at the Uganda Education Project of Even Ground have a lot to be thankful for. The major achievements during 2015 have been the fact that two scholars, Justine and Emmanuel completed University education; Emmanuel graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and Finance from Ndejje University on October 16, 2015 while Justine will graduate from Kyambogo University with a degree in Micro Finance in January 2016. Thank you to all of our donors who have made this possible and truly made an impact on the lives of our scholars. 

Inability to serve the ever increasing number of needy orphans yearning for basic education because of limited funds has been a major challenge of the year. In the future we intend to intensify networking and partnership identification for purposes of getting more financiers and well-wishers to our education project, but we will continue to rely on the generosity of you, our donors. 

The key lesson learned is that the best way to create impact in terms of provision of scholarships to needy students is by establishing an education institution integrating cost-sharing students with needy students for sustainability reasons rather than relying on grants which can only benefit a few orphans out of the many in need. However, the challenge in this is that it also requires a lot initial investment capital, but starting small it can be done. Stay tuned for more on our plans to build the Uganda Education Project! 

The fact that students were able to finish an education cycle is something that was not taken lightly by the scholars and their families. The flexible and systematic release of funds by Even Ground helped us to effectively carry out project activities.

Happy 2016!

 

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Even Ground

Location: New York - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.evenground.org
Project Leader:
Meredith Wallace
Uganda project director
Buffalo Grove, Illinois United States

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