Thursday, August 6, 2015
Vicky spent a month visiting schools all across Northern Uganda and riding along hot dusty roads to see how schools were utilizing the textbooks they had received from Turn the Page Uganda. A thousand or more miles, and many more handshakes later, she has returned to the U.S. and is eager to find more donations to help the schools yet to receive assistance. Now that there has been peace in the land, families are more able to make a meager living farming, selling crops in the marketplace, and even some small businesses have popped up. It is still startling to see the shear number of children in Uganda... some 20,000,000 children under age 18 with a fourth of them working daily. Life expectancy is now around 58 years old compared to 47 in 1990. Although a Primary education is the goal for the entire country, some 20% of the children in the rural areas do not even attend school, and of the 80% that do go to school, some will drop out before 7th grade. Having money for school fees such as a uniform, or notebooks or pencils is out of reach for many families. Early marriages contribute to students dropping out (yes- 7th graders getting married). Health challenges are a constant threat: Malaria, HIV, AIDS, Cholera, and malnutrition.
Education is the key to combating all of these issues. Foundational to education is a set of textbooks for teachers and students. We need your help to assist these students and teachers in need. A simple donation will affect an entire community. Thank you for your support!