4:03 In many developing countries, one of the key barriers to girls’ education is poverty. Poor girls struggle to complete primary, let alone attend secondary school or university. Financial hardship often forces girls out of school and into challenging and sometimes dangerous life situations. Through its scholarship programme, FAWE Uganda supports disadvantaged girls through a full cycle of primary and secondary education and, in some cases, through tertiary education too. These are testimonies of just a few of the young Ugandans who have benefited from this support.
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0:39 “I am now in Senior 2 and I want to be a doctor. FAWE has being paying my school fees from Senior 2 until now.” Lukia Nanyonjo is one of the young girls who has benefited from FAWE Uganda's bursary programme. The programme supports disadvantaged girls through a full cycle of primary, secondary or tertiary education.
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1:04 "I don't know where I would have been by now if I hadn't got a scholarship because I didn't have a mum and I didn't have a dad now, and surely there was no one to take care of me." Lilian Nagawa is one of the young girls who has benefited from FAWE Uganda's bursary programme. The programme supports disadvantaged girls through a full cycle of primary, secondary or tertiary education.
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1:14 “FAWE was my ray of hope during my secondary education when I was finding it hard to raise school fees. FAWE came and gave me a scholarship from Senior 6 up to Form 6.” Jackie Kaija is one of the young girls who has benefited from FAWE Uganda's bursary programme. The programme supports disadvantaged girls through a full cycle of primary, secondary or tertiary education.
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0:53 "If girls don’t know of the available opportunities, the available organisations to provide them support, then the most likely event is many of them will drop out of school, they will not access education. Many of them will go into early marriages, many of them will become HIV/ AIDS positive because of the vulnerability and the sort of activities they engage in for survival.”
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6:10 ‘We always admired children who were better than us and had people to take care of them. But at the end of the day,we needed money. That was the most important thing.’ Grace was in primary school in Uganda when she lost her both her parents and was left to fend for herself and her six siblings. To support the family, she began selling roast chicken after school while her brother made bricks for sale.
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4:21 'I hate being married because I want to continue with my education. I would like to finish primary school, secondary schooland then university so I can be a teacher or the representative of a big office in the country. I would like to help children since I also needed help as a child. I have faith that being here I will be a wonderful person.'
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“I was orphaned an early age and I could not afford to continue with my education. I got married to escape problems. I got my first child but I still had a huge urge to go back to school. I talked to my husband and despite his meagre income; he enrolled me to Form 1 in 2009 at Kitmikai Day Secondary School. It was a challenge to take care of my young family and do my school work but I was determined to achieve my dreams.
“I was just 8 years old when my parents died. My relatives took care of me but unfortunately, I got pregnant in class 8 and dropped out of school before the final examination. I got married but by the grace of God through FAWE, I joined form one at Kitmikai Day Secondary School in Kisumu. FAWE supported me through secondary school and I attained a grade B- in form four K.C.S.E exams. FAWE made me confident.
A third born in a family of 8, and the only one who has had a chance in education this far, Ahmed’s father passed on while he was in Class 7 in 2003. Narrates Ahmed, “This was just few months after my aunt transferred me to Nyeri from Moyale where she could enroll me to a school. Soon after she got divorced, and I was taken a children’s home. But i could not cope because most of the children were taking drugs. I approached the head teacher at Nyamachaki Primary school and begged him to give me a chance in his school.
I have a message that I would like to direct to parents, community, governments, everyone: to invest in girls. We are victims of so many things – violence, poverty. They can be part of the solution to the problems, the change we are looking for.
In my last year of secondary school I became pregnant. My father drove me out of the house and my boyfriend abadandoned me. Only my mother supported me during those long months. She had to struggle to provide food for me and my baby girl. I made up my mind that I was going to go all out to further my education...
When I was young, my father died and the burden of taking care of the family fell on my mother’s shoulders. It was hard to survive on her meager income so she gave me to another family. They would look after me and in return, I worked for them...
“I was only a child when both my parents died leaving seven children in a very difficult world”, says a very pretty 26 year-old businesswoman, well-dressed, sitting in the conference room at FAWE’s 8th Donors’ Consortium meeting in Kampala, Uganda.
“My name is Aissata Bangoura. I am 21 years old and a single mother of two. I was misled by an older woman who made me date a man when I was only 14 and in primary school. He made me leave school when I got pregnant at age 15. I was so ashamed that I could not go back to my poor mother who has been a single mother after the war in my country Sierra Leone.
Caroline “I was lucky enough to have been born in a family with a mother who knew the importance of education. Beside the fact that we were very poor, she insisted that my father took us all nine girls to school. After my father’s death, everyone in the village told my mother that she should get us married because she could not afford paying for our school fees anymore. All hope vanished. I was desperate because I wanted to pursue my studies. Then I met with FAWE.” Says 4th year law student at Makerere University, Caroline Kanyago Kalogala.