THIS YOUNG MAN WILL EVEN WALK ON HIS KNEES FOR THE PRIVILEGE OF ATTENDING SCHOOL - A STORY OF COURAGE
At age 2, Peter contracted cerebral malaria, and the disease rendered him permanently lame. His family home is far from the local school, and while his siblings could walk the long distance to the local school, Peter was obliged to stay home. While helping with the family chores in spite of his disability, he also studied and dreamed of attending school.
Now, thanks to KIDA's Orphan and Vulnerable Children (OVC), Peter is attending a boarding school called Canon Apollo Care Primary School. He is 15 years old and in Primary 5. The school can cater to children with and without disabilities. Peter is not ashamed to crawl around the school on his knees. It is a small price to pay for realizing his dream to become educated. KIDA funds his tuition, school supplies, uniform, and bedding. His mother and Marjorie Musobozi will visit him on the school visiting days.
Peter and his mother with supplies for boarding school
Marjorie Musobozi counsels and monitors KIDA's 105 orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) with regular home and school visits. She is intimately acquainted with all the children and their families. Many children have been under KIDA's care since 2006.
For just $150 per year, KIDA can send a child to elementary school with the necessary supplies, provide a uniform and shoes, and offer on-going counseling. These annual costs and fees for a secondary student are $400. That’s approximately what it costs for three days of schooling at a private prep school in the United States. This year in 2015 we are funding a total of 105 children including four beyond high school. Each child is individually monitored and counseled at school and at home by KIDA's OVC Director, Ms. Marjorie Musobozi.
Uganda’s public and private education follows the British system which administers a major exam following primary school and in the fourth year of secondary school. Those who pass move on to two more years in secondary schools that are essentially prep schools for university. Many young people in the KIDA community do not pass the S4 exam, and will need to study a trade. To help increase self-employment opportunities to these S4 "school leavers" and adults, KIDA began a vocational training program in 2006. The school offers skill training in carpentry, masonry,and tailoring. To date well over 200 young people have developed the skills and have created their own jobs.
You can help save a vulnerable child from an unstable future. Contact us to help support KIDA’s effective work with AIDS orphans and other vulnerable children through education, counseling and vocational training.