Tuesday, September 18, 2012

A day in the life

An update from Uganda:

This is an update on activities at NOTDEC in Uganda.

There are currently 99 children at NOTDEC. There were 101 children but sadly four month old twins, Jacqueline and Josephine, died at Kagando Hospital about three weeks ago. They developed suspected septicaemia.

The agreement between NOTDEC UK and NOTDEC Uganda has been that the Orphanage will stop accepting children when they reach 100 ch

ildren and that NOTDEC UK would find sponsors for 100 children. This is as many as the staff at NOTDEC Uganda can cope with and unfortunately a line has to be drawn somewhere.
When the twins were alive (and thus they had 101 children) they were turning babies away - some of whom they know have subsequently died.

However the Catholic diocese in the area has seen the need of care for further babies/children and are hoping to set up an orphanage or something similar in the area, but this looks as if it is going to be a little while before it actually happens.

The children at school

The final term of the academic year started this week and they will all have exams in November - even those in Primary One. If they fail the exam they will not be able to progress to the next class.

Important external exams are being sat by many of the children:
  • Eight children are sitting their primary school leaving exams (Ross, Kakuru, Chris, Rahabu, John, Rona, Keneth and Ester). They have all been boarding at Kagando Primary School this year and receiving extra teaching in the evenings in preparation for the exams.The boarding fees have been largely paid for by friends of NOTDEC in the USA.
  • Three young people are sitting the equivalent of GCSE's (Yoneki, Rhoda and Dan). They have been boarding at Kasese Secondary School. (These are the three our fund will be supporting in 2013)
  • Four young people are sitting the equivalent of A levels (Ellen, Patricia, Priscilla and Pelucy). These are the four our fund has been supporting in high school.
The schools want the children to board at these levels as most Ugandan children need to walk long distances to get to school and have no facilities to study at home (eg no electricity, no tables and a noisy environment).