The government of Uganda has called for schools to reopen after 2 years of being closed and while Museveni has told the schools to not increase their fees, many schools are not following these instructions and have either hiked their fees or have added supplemental fees. Our Mamas were scrambling to suddenly come up with enough money to get all their children back into school (the reopening came with little warning) so we decided to support them. This is a one time school boost as the objective of the Mama program is for the women to have a business that provides funds for their children’s education but with all the closures and issues of the past 2 years, these Mamas have been scraping by (as you have read in Andrew’s previous reports). The water purification systems are still going to be purchased, we just felt that getting these children back into school took precedence. Once everyone is settled back in, we will continue to pursue the Purifaaya systems. Thanks for your continued support! -Erika
Greetings to you all,
I hope you are all well.
As a country, the Covid 19 situation here seems to have calmed down a bit as the economy has continued to open more and more since the first reopen early this month. It is absurd that most of the businesses have been affected greatly and a number of them have closed. The night economy which includes the bars and street vendors has started to operate. Our Mamas like Hadijja will be able to work longer and as a matter of fact, she called me last week to see if she could look for a location for her local bar. Before the lockdown happened in 2020, Hadijja was doing very well so she has the desire to reopen the same venture.
This week was yet another wonderful week, with our main aim or objective of getting all children back into school. As most of you have been following, one of the biggest challenges or effects of the pandemic was economic and financial struggles among our Mamas’ in this case. It was to this effect that we were alluded to helping the Mamas’ financially enabling the children to enroll back into school. Therefore, I was charged with the responsibility to ensure all the children are in school so I made some calls and found out the financial requirements and scholastic materials for most of the children. The scholastic materials include pens, books, pencils, crayons, box files, reams of duplicating paper, rulers, geometric sets, school uniforms, etc.
There was no focus on the Mama business at all this time around but rather returning children to schools, so all my calls and visits were centered on finding out the childrens’ needs to return to school.
Below are the Mama’s and children that we worked with this ;
|Name of Mama||Children||Class||School||Needs||Status|
|Hadija N||Ali||P.7||School fees bal||Paid|
|Nassar||P.4||School fees & req||Paid|
|Shafiq||P.1||School fees &req||Paid|
|Dorah A||Rodney||S.3||Lakeside Secondary||School fees bal||Paid|
|Imran||P.2||Neo Light Primary||School fees bal||Paid|
|Muhammad||P.2||Neo Light Primary||School fees bal||Paid|
|Mariam||P.7||Darlen Primary||School fees||Paid|
|Jane N||Prossy||S.3||Nansana SS||School fees||Paid|
|Timothy||P.7||Volcano Academy||School fees||Paid|
|Nicholas||P.2||Miracle Delight Pri.||School fees||Paid|
|Asia B||Fatuma||S.1||Mbogo Sec School||School fees||Paid|
|Jalia||S.3||Mbogo Sec School||School fees||Paid|
|Jamila||P.6||Mbogo Primary||School fees and Uniforms||Paid|
|Rayan||P.3||Mbogo Primary||School fees and Uniforms||Paid|
|Rahma||P.1||Mbogo Primary||School fees and Uniforms||Paid|
|Shakima||Top||Mbogo Primary||School fees and Uniforms||Paid|
|Hamida N||Abas||P.3||Hope Day||School fees||Paid|
|Muhsin||S.5||Kawempe High Sch||School fees||Paid|
|Shuraihah||S.4||Mandela SS||School fees||Paid|
|Rashida S||Joan||S.4||Luzira SS||School fees||Paid|
|Florence||Bill Paul||P.4||St. Godfrey Pri||School fees and feeding||Paid|
|Angel||St. Godfrey Pri||Feeding||Paid|
It was such a pleasure going to these schools and families to support them in school. It was a great responsibility because the parents opened up about the children’s needs. In most cases, I offered some kind of social and educational guidance to the children to encourage them to stay in school.
It was a great feeling seeing both the Mamas and children smile at every end of a school visit and talk. It is unfortunate that some of the children did not have the opportunity for me to speak to them and encourage them because I could not physically go to their schools because some of the children live and study in their ancestral villages. These villages are very far from the central district where I live and operate most of the time, therefore, inhibiting my ability to go to the schools.
Thank you for a wonderful week of great support, I am looking forward to another week of making some dreams come true. It is always a pleasure seeing our Mamas and our community proud.
Director of Programs, Uganda
ISEE Solutions Society