WE WOULD NOT HAVE MADE IT WITHOUT YOU – PARENTS OF OVCs REALIZE RICE-WN SUPPORT
By Rosemary Mbabazi Olema
Parents and guardians of the orphans and other vulnerable children (OVCs) have commended RICE-WN for the continuous support given to their children in education. This was during the visits to the children’s parents’/guardians’ homes in Maracha and Arua districts to conduct household economic empowerment assessment and provision of scholastic materials.
As the term began, the parents of the supported OVCs were once again glad for the continued support RICE-WN has given them in terms of scholastic materials and payment for the other school requirements. This enabled them to start off the term with their needs met. They attributed the success of their children in academics to the support given.
“I thank RICE-WN for supporting my child and am proud that he is doing well in school. He passed in the first position all through last year. With the loss of my 3 goats stung by bees, I don’t know how I would have managed taking him back [to school],” said Obaku’s mother.
While at Olivu primary school, Obaku’s teachers also praised him saying he is disciplined and active in class and believed that he will excel if he continues in that manner.
All the supported OVCs are excelling in their classes and their results are promising. Pajobo Goffin, one of the supported OVCs in primary seven in Erewa primary school has managed to keep in division one in the last year. Despite his ailment of a swollen stomach he did well especially in Science and Math getting distinction ones.
The parents/guardians were asked on what way forward they had in plan for their children after primary 7 to sustain them in school to which they responded positively if they were to have a stable income. Driwaru Mata, mother to Galadino Angundru one of the beneficiaries who is now in primary 7 at Ojipaku primary school said selling produce like cassava and beans or selling fish would be her preferred enterprise to sustain him in school if given a starting point.
Additionally the parents/guardians were encouraged to follow up on their children’s performance and ensure that their children had time to read at home.The teachers in the various schools were also urged to keep an eye on the OVCs by monitoring their academic performance and assisting them in their academics.
RICE-WN started giving support to the Orphans and other Vulnerable Children (OVC) in 2013. Currently, RICE-WN supports seven OVCs (2 girls and 5 boys), in four primary schools in Maracha and three in Arua district. These children were supported from different classes after undergoing critical selection and will be supported up to primary seven. RICE-WN intends to support the parents to start enterprises so that they can take up in supporting their children in education after primary seven with the money earned from those enterprises.