Established a few years ago, BOF is an organization focused on improving the lively hoods of the OVC in Nangaiza and break the vicious circle of poverty. Through this project we help children with scholastic materials which are some of the obstacles that stop children from accessing proper education. We further help a couple of OVC with school fees and other school utilities ranging from school uniforms to casual out of school clothes.
Last year we were able to facilitate three children in boarding school: ochieng Brian our first beneficiary who has also managed to complete his advanced level exams in Homeland Lugazi high school and God willing will be joining University later this year, Gimbo Eseza who is joining primary one at Yesu Afayo primary school, Wandera Eridad who is joining primary seven and Tusiime Tracy who is joining senior three and Namba John who is joining primary three in a day school.
The academic year in the primary and secondary level in Uganda normally starts in early February and ends in early December. The year is divided in three terms. Whereas all terms are important, the third term is the most important of them all because it determines the child’s transition from one class to another. In order to full fill our mission and vision there is need for constant follow up and evaluation of the students that we support. We therefore collect their termly reports to check on their progress and further discuss the results with the parents and the teachers to ensure that they improve and those who are good maintain.
Below is an analysis of the yearly performance of our students.
|NAME||GENDER||CLASS||POSITIONS IN THE WHOLE YEAR|
|FIRST TERM||SECOND TERM||THIRD TERM|
|1 Aliyinza Aida Mary||Female||Primary Seven||Div III||Div II||Div III|
|2 Birungi Deborah||Female||Primary Six||28||18||23|
|3 Gimbo Eseza||Female||Top Class||6||6||6|
|4 Gwanyi Goerge||Male||Primary Three||13||13||13|
|5 Jachan Elijah||Male||Primary Two||27||24||31|
|6 Kaigo Valerie||Female||Primary Five||5||6||9|
|7 Kabosi Waali||Male||Primary Two||20||5||8|
|8 Kantono Anna Mary||Female||Primary Two||21||7||10|
|9 Kanyago Ruth||Female||Primary One||50||43||46|
|10 Logose Hope||Female||Primary One||19||5||5|
|11 Masano Joan||Female||Primary Three||57||48||22|
|12 Mbulamukungi Ambrose||Male||Primary Five||52||54||44|
|13 Mugole Timothy||Male||Primary Four||2||2||1|
|14 Mwane Joseph||Male||Senior One||23||13||7|
|15 Nagawa Yvon||Female||Baby Class||26||24||31|
|16 Naisonga Perusi||Female||Primary Three||74||55||22|
|17 Nakirya Zipola||Female||Primary Three||135||130||87|
|18 Namba David||Male||Primary One||129||122||98|
|19 Namba Johna||Male||Primary Three||4||4||3|
|20 Namugosa Magret||Female||Primary Four||35||52||21|
|21 Nantulya Francis||Male||Primary One||21||24||27|
|20 Nasio Rehema||Female||Primary Five||70||63||61
|22 Nasiyo Sarah||Female||Primary Five||7||36||21
|23 Naula Esther||Female||Primary Four||21||14||19|
|24 Nsiimire Delight||Male||Primary One||18||15||9|
|25 Nsiimire Desire||Male||Primary One||39||26||29|
|26 Ochieng Brian||Male||Year one at University||
|27 Oluku Simon Peter||Male||Primary Seven||Div IV||Div III||Div IV|
|28 Pius Edgar Puisi||Male||Senior Two||25||21||16|
|29 Pulisi Amosi||Male||Primary Six||11||10||19|
|30 Stella Anna Mary||Female||Primary Seven||Div III||Div III||Div II|
|31 Tusiime Philip||Male||Senior Three||17||19||8|
|32 Wandera Eridad||Male||Primary Six||Div IV||Div III||Div II|
NB: Div – Division
Div I = Very good, Div II = Good, Div III = Fair, Div IV = Poor
Note: Pre primary children are not positioned; they use a different system of evaluation where the performance in a particular subject is either Bad, Fair, good, very good, or Excellent.
Although majority of them have greatly improved and others maintained, others have also declined and as part of our project we will ensure that we encourage them, inspire them as well as try to find out the obstacles standing in their way of performing better.
The parents and guardians on the other hand, of majority of the OVC have shown tremendous support for the growth and development of Birds of a Feather project. We shall not go without noting the fatal illness of one of our OVC Kantono Josephine a primary one pupil who had to be operated upon resulted into her absenteeism from school for the last two terms of the year. We pray and hope that she gets better. On a more, on the 28th of December 2014, we lost one of our children Naimali Brenda. She was in primary five. According to her parent, she was epileptic and it was the cause of her untimely death.
However, like any other project, we faced some challenges which we hope to overcome over time to ensure the growth of BOF and realization of our vision and goals
The funds have not enabled us reach out to all the 55 children we took up fully especially in terms of scholastic materials
We have been challenged by the hasty parents who do not value Education. They are adamant to take children to school and feed them with a lot of negativity about education, and how important Education is, and how children will never be able to perform. This has demoralized some of our children leading to dropouts.
Relocation without notice; some parents have relocated along with the children without notice or contact; this makes it hard for us to follow up on the children later on sponsor them.