The project funds local children of Masese to go to school who otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford it.
The project tries to support one child from different families with at least two thirds of their school fees. The project encourages families to maintain contact and interest in the education of their child by paying one third of the school fees when possible.
It also gives the children breakfast on centre days held during the school holidays and they attend PSHE and bible study classes. There are 116 children in the programme at the moment.
As the children progress through the school system, the financial commitment from MCOP increases as the secondary fees are more than twice that of primary school fees.
Whereas other projects in MVA are looking to be self-sustaining, this project relies solely on donations. You can make a donation stating it is for MCOP, or you can sponsor a child.
The Macedonian Vocational Institute has been running since 2012 but officially registered in 2016. Okello Charles Dickens has been in post as Principal since March 2018. The first cohort of women graduated from the tailoring course in May 2014 but as an officially registered Vocational Institute the first ‘official’ cohort graduated in 2017.
MVI also runs programmes in Cosmetology and hairdressing and Motor Vehicle Mechanics. These courses, which are taught by Asio Lydia Ruth and Ogema Charles are taught to DIT level (Directorate of Industrial Training). It is hoped that in 2017 UBTEB level (Uganda business technical examination board) will be offered.
Started by Christine Nabwire early in 2013, this has grown from a small group of girls – Ladies of Virtue, meeting once a week to talk about sexual and social health, to a much larger group drawn from Macedonian Children’s Outreach Project and the Macedonian Vocational Institute, together with the local community. They meet for two hours to talk about self-esteem, their place in society, pressures they face and sexual issues.
One of the issues they face is the fact that most of the girls in Masese slum cannot afford disposable sanitary towels. As a result they revert to other means such as using rags. This restricts their movement, is less hygienic and often impacts on their attendance at school. In 2014, a team of women with Macedonian Vision Africa (UK) taught Christine Nabwire and MAYI how to make washable sanitary towels. This has transformed the lives of many of the girls who are now sharing this new skill with other girls in Masese. Click here to find out more about sanitary towel workshops in Uganda and in the UK.
Alongside this, MAYI also under takes teaching of sexual and social health into local schools, with girls of 12 and above. Ugandan schools are not legally obliged to deliver any Personal, Social and Health education, so this is invaluable and provided at no cost to the schools.
MAYI are also learning skills in jewellery making with the intention of generating revenue.