Australian Bureau of Statistics
1504.0 - Methodological News, Sep 2008
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 23/09/2008
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Making a Difference- ABS Staff and the Foster Parents Plan
A PLAN youth centre was built near the Tororo town centre. Many young people come to the centre to learn about drama, music, karate, and other skills. It also has facilities such as a pool table, table tennis table, basketball court and soccer field. This was built next to one of the health centres. Most young people do not like to be seen by their family when they are going to a health centre (e.g. to test whether they are HIV positive) so they come to the youth centre for activities and then sneak into the health centre afterwards. PLAN has also increased access to potable water by drilling many boreholes. I am convinced that Margaret and her community are being transformed through the help of PLAN.
When I met Margaret, she walked quietly towards me and greeted me by kneeling down and shaking my hand (that's the culture in Uganda). Like most African children, she was very shy! Children in Africa are often seen but not heard. PLAN is changing this culture by encouraging input from the children.
Margaret's home is just a small mud hut, a typical house in rural Uganda. She lives with her three siblings, her parents and her grandfather. There is no electricity in her home. Margaret’s family harvest crops (millet, maize and cassava) to eat and tend their cattle daily. I presented Margaret’s father gifts which I brought on behalf of the ABS - maize flour, soap, cooking oil, colouring pencils, stationery, tennis ball, koala toy etc. The family was very excited to receive these gifts! Margaret’s family then surprised me by putting a live chicken in my hands! Giving me their chicken meant that they would have one less egg the next day. They were so generous to me even though they don’t have much at all. Margaret and her family send their greetings to all of you and thank you very much for your generous support!
For more information, contact Maree Size on (02) 62526055 or Tamie Anakotta on (02) 62527360.
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