Orphan Education

JULIET FINISHES HER O LEVEL AND LOOKS AHEAD TO A BRIGHT FUTURE
 
As a KIDA-supported OVC student since 2013, Juliet is preparing herself to apply to Fort Portal's International Nursing School. Her goal is to become a midwife, stay in her community and work at KIDA Hospital. We wish her well. She expresses her appreciation to Friends of Ruwenzori and KIDA, saying, "You are brightening my future. May the Lord bless you abundantly. Without you, I would not have been able to continue my studies."
 
 Juliet's dream is to become a midwife
 

DOROTHY IS FOREVER GRATEFUL FOR THE SUPPORT FROM KIDA'S ORPHANS AND VULNERABLE (OVC) CHILDREN PROGRAM
 
Mbambu Dorothy is in her third year of her course of study at the Mountains of the Moon University where she hopes to earn a Bachelor's degree in social work and community development. She recognizes that she would not have come this far without KIDA's support. Her family was unable to help with the costs due to some challenges. She conveys her appreciation by giving special thanks to her sponsors (the Friends of Ruwenzori), to Rev. Canon Ezra Musobozi Amooti (Ezra's pet name) and his whole family for the good work they have done in the Kitojo community.  She praises KIDA's work in creating accessible health care services, a savings program, and educational support to orphans and the vulnerable.
 
 Dorothy joyfully thanks her university sponsors
 

ROSEMARY'S FAMILY GAINS A NEW HOUSE AND BETTER HEALTH!
 
 
Rosemary Nyakaisiki, age 11,  joined KIDA's Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) program after her mother died, leaving 5 children, a sick husband and her mother who now cares for the children in spite of suffering from kidney disease. The whole family is struggling to survive, but Rosemary's grandmother took a big step towards good health and joined KIDA's health insurance cooperative so they can afford any medical care they need. 
 
When Rosemary contracted a bad case of malaria, she had to be admitted to KIDA Hospital. She recovered and her grandmother benefited from some nutrition supplements and health education while attending her granddaughter. KIDA's ongoing help included  helping the family rebuild their crowded and deteriorating home. Rosemary loves school and is doing well.
 
 
 11 year-old Rosemary is so happy that she can attend school.
 

A YOUNG LADY ON HER WAY TO SELF-SUFFICIENCY
 
Meet Resty Kabahinda who grew up in Mituuli village and has been part of KIDA's Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) program since 2010. KIDA paid her school fees and gave ongoing counseling to her family to help them out of poverty. Resty is now studying at the Rosa Mystical Institute of Business and Vocational Training, a tertiary institution in Fort Portal. She is learning computer skills and knitting and plans to teach these marketable skills and how to create their own jobs to the people in her village after she completes her certificate. "I would like to send my sincere thanks to my sponsors, the Friends of Ruwenzori through KIDA. God bless you."
 
 
 Resty is empowered for a bright future 

 

THIS YOUNG MAN WILL EVEN WALK ON HIS KNEES FOR THE PRIVILEGE OF ATTENDING SCHOOL - A STORY OF COURAGE

At age 2, Peter contracted cerebral malaria, and the disease rendered him permanently lame. His family home is far from the local school, and while his siblings could walk the long distance to the local school, Peter was obliged to stay home. While helping with the family chores in spite of his disability, he also studied and dreamed of attending school.

Now, thanks to KIDA's Orphan and Vulnerable Children (OVC), Peter is attending a boarding school called Canon Apollo Care Primary School. He is 15 years old and in Primary 5. The school can cater to children with and without disabilities. Peter is not ashamed to crawl around the school on his knees. It is a small price to pay for realizing his dream to become educated. KIDA funds his tuition, school supplies, uniform, and bedding. His mother and Marjorie Musobozi will visit him on the school visiting days.

 

 Peter and his mother with supplies for boarding school


  Marjorie Musobozi counsels and monitors KIDA's 105 orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) with regular home and school visits. She is intimately acquainted with all the children and their families. Many children have been under KIDA's care since 2006.

One child under KIDA's care is Sharon Karungi, an orphan who has been in KIDA's OVC program for over seven years. She attends Mbuga Primary School.  By now she will have taken the Primary Leaving Examination, and upon passing, she will move on to Secondary level education.
 
Marjorie is very proud of Sharon and reports that she is an excellent student who is often smiling and cheerful in spite of being born HIV positive and having many challenges at home. She doesn't remember her parents who died when she was very young.  Her grandmother, also HIV positive, has cared for her since then. Sharon is faithful in taking her antiretroviral drugs and greatly benefits from KIDA's teaching in how to live "positively" with HIV. 
 
Friends of Ruwenzori would love to help more orphans and vulnerable children to succeed with KIDA's program. There are so many in need.  Can you help KIDA expand their reach? Click here to donate.
 
For a success story of another one of KIDA's vulnerable children, click here
 
Between one and two million children in Uganda have been orphaned by the AIDS epidemic (UNICEF, 2009). Surviving adult relatives are overwhelmed, and cannot afford even pencils, let alone school fees for the children. Far too many AIDS orphans are recruited for child labor, or worse. Kids who don’t stay in school are sentenced to a lifetime of dependence, and are more likely to contract HIV.

For just $150 per year, KIDA can send a child to elementary school with the necessary supplies, provide a uniform and shoes, and offer on-going counseling. These annual costs and fees for a secondary student are $400. That’s approximately what it costs for three days of schooling at a private prep school in the United States. This year in 2015  we are funding a total of 105 children including four beyond high school. Each child is individually monitored and counseled at school and at home by KIDA's OVC Director, Ms. Marjorie Musobozi.

Uganda’s public and private education follows the British system which administers a major exam following primary school and in the fourth year of secondary school. Those who pass move on to two more years in secondary schools that are essentially prep schools for university. Many young people in the KIDA community do not pass the S4 exam, and will need to study a trade. To help increase self-employment opportunities to these S4 "school leavers" and adults, KIDA began a vocational training program in 2006. The school offers skill training in carpentry, masonry,and tailoring.  To date well over 200 young people have developed the skills and have created their own jobs.

You can help save a vulnerable child from an unstable future. Contact us to help support KIDA’s effective work with AIDS orphans and other vulnerable children through education, counseling and vocational training.

Marjorie Musobozi is shown with some of the OVC (orphans and vulnerable children) in KIDA's program
Some of KIDA's successful students who were vulnerable
Some of KIDA's successful students who are orphans or otherwise vulnerable
Peter and his mother with supplies for boarding school
Peter and his mother with supplies for boarding school
Resty is empowered for a bright future
Resty is empowered for a bright future
11 year old Rosemary is so happy that she can attend school.
11 year old Rosemary is so happy that she can attend school
Dorothy joyfully thanks her university sponsors
Dorothy joyfully thanks her university sponsors
Juliet's dream is to become a midwife
Juliet's dream is to become a midwife