SUPPORT FROM GFC RELIEVES CONFLICT-AFFECTED GIRL FROM THE STRUGGLES OF FEES
Conflict-affected Christine Mokomiku, aged 18, is a senior three student of Cornerstone Secondary School in Arua district having shifted from Logiri Girls’ Secondary School. She was affected and suffered various forms abuse by South Sudan conflict that also led to the death of her father.
Christine is one of the 14 conflict-affected girls (7 in secondary school and 7 in vocational training) benefiting from a partnership between Rural Initiative for Community Empowerment–West Nile (RICE-WN) and the Global Fund for Children (GFC) supporting conflict-affected girls in school and those in vocational training since 2014.
She has never looked back ever since she got her training in bakery as part of the package to support the retention of the girls in school. “Nowadays I can make my cakes and even on Christmas day, I made my Christmas cake which was a pleasure to my family members, they were very happy of it,” joyous Christine told RICE-WN.
During the third term holiday, she engaged in making pancakes to support her livelihood. Having started with twenty five thousand Ugandan shillings (UGX 25,000=) she has managed to earn up to one hundred fifty thousand Ugandan shillings (UGX 150,000=).
Christine attributes her success to the support that RICE-WN and the Global Fund for Children have extended which has made her very happy and a role model among her peers in the community since she is able to fend for her education and livelihood.
“I am happy because I’ve been struggling alone to search for my school fees but as per now RICE-WN and the Global Fund for Children are giving me half of my school fees and other materials like books, pens and some other things for school [learning materials],” she said.
Since the start of the support in 2014, Christine is committed to improving in her studies despite challenges she has been experiencing in retention and learning at school.
“My plan for this year is that I have to be in school, I have to work hard to perform very well though I have challenges in other subjects but I must make sure that this year I have to work hard to improve on them,” determined Christine promised RICE-WN.
She continued: “I am going to be close to my teachers so that I have extra time for explanations so that I can at least get something in it and will have to concentrate on my books because since I would be thinking about the school fees for the rest of the term, nowadays the fees is partly sponsored by RICE-WN and partly by me. So by that I think at least am saved right now.” Christine is determined to progress with her education up to institution level until she is able to be gainfully employed.
Rural Initiative for Community Empowerment – West Nile (RICE-WN) is one of the seven grassroots organizations in Uganda supported by The Global Fund for Children, in partnership with the MacArthur Foundation, to address barriers relating to enrollment, retention, learning and progression in school and vocational/livelihood training for conflict-affected girls.