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Former Street Children in Napak Receive Scholastic Materials :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Former Street Children in Napak Receive Scholastic Materials

The materials include books, pens, chalk, uniforms, and other basic needs such as blankets, sanitary pads, and clothes among others. These items were on Tuesday delivered to the primary schools of Lokodiokodio and Lotome Girls where the former street children enrolled.
Andrew Omara, the Executive Director of Windle International Uganda handover items to the Napak district officials in Lotome girls primary school

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Former street children in Napak District have received scholastic materials and basic needs worth 51 million shillings.

The materials include books, pens, chalk, uniforms, and other basic needs such as blankets, sanitary pads, and clothes among others.  

The items were on Tuesday delivered to the primary schools of Lokodiokodio and Lotome Girls where the former street children enrolled.

Andrew Omara, the Executive Director of Windle International Uganda said that the donations are part of their response to the crisis which was affecting the repatriated children.  Omara said that the donations are meant to support needy children at school so that they can concentrate on their studies without frustration.

He said that they are working along with the Napak district authorities to ensure that the children who are still on the streets are also repatriated and enrolled in the schools.  

Omara urged various stakeholders to come in and support the children in the schools so that they can achieve their goals.

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Dennis Okori, the Napak Resident District Commissioner said that they have had several partners coming in to support the children at school. 

Okori noted that their focus is to ensure that the repatriated children are kept at school rather than directly integrated into the community.

He observed that the schools are safer for the children and this will be the permanent solution to make an end to child trafficking. 

Okori said that they target to repatriate over 1,500 Karamojong street children back to Napak and enroll in the schools before the end of this year. 

Okori added that they have also identified an additional three primary schools where the children repatriated will be enrolled for studies.

He urged other partners to step in and provide additional to the children as they work hard to ensure that the children embrace education. 

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Margaret Abura, the head teacher of Lotome Girls primary school expressed her fears over inadequate food to feed all the children.  She noted that although the World Food Program supported them with some food, the ratio was not enough due to the increased number of children.

She appealed to the government to provide them with the necessary support so that they could produce their food from the school gardens to supplement the ratio from the World Food Program. 

Abura also raised a concern about the inadequate number of teachers stating that the school has only 8 teachers to cover over 900 children. 

Abura noted that the situation has forced them to invite teachers who are volunteering to teach but they also need a token of appreciation.

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