Meet the girls

Murungi Alia

Sponsor Alia!

Age: 11

Class: P7

School fees: $50 per term/ $150 per year

My name is Alia, I’m 11 years old and I currently cannot go to school because I don’t have enough money to pay for school fees, pens, books and the uniform. I lost both my parent because of AIDS, and I started living with my aunt. She used to help me going to school, but she died in October 2018. I was really good at school and I’ve been promoted to P6 class, I really like to study and I started selling some brooms made by local cheep materials, earning $14: I used them to buy 12 black books and six pens. I also asked my teacher to not provide my lunch at school, because I didn’t have enough money to pay for my lunch bills. Unfortunately, in one month I have been sent away from school three times, because I don’t have my scholastic material. My favourite subject is English and I hope to become a teacher when I grow up.

Hope Brenda

Sponsor Brenda!

Age: 12

Class: P7

School fees: $40,7 per term/$122 per year

My name is Brenda, I’m 12 years old and I’m attending P7: I will have my Primary Leaving Examination in December 2020. I lost my mother in a motorcycle accident, and my father died for AIDS. I live with my uncle, but his house caught fire and everything got burnt. I really love studying, my favourite subject is English and I would like to become a teacher.

Ategeka Christine

Sponsor Christine!

Age: 16

Class: S3

School fees: 250$ per year TBA + uniform

My name is Christine, I’m 16 years old and actually I’m not going to school because I don’t have enough money to pay for the books and the uniform. I lost my mother of AIDS, while my father is bedridden because he had an accident and he broke his back, so he moved to my grandparents’ home to be assisted. I live with an uncle who works in a school far from home, and I tried attending that school, but I would like to come back to Impact Secondary School, where I can be next to my father. I would like to become a nurse so I will be able to treat people with AIDS like my mother.

Murungi Evelyn

Sponsor Evelyn!

Age: 15

Class: S3

School fees: 250$ per year + uniform

I am Evelyn and I’m 15 years old. I live with my mother, while my father has gone living very far to find a work to maintain my family. Unfortunately, money is not enough. I have three brothers and one sister, aged from 18 to 4. My favourite subject is biology and I would like to become a doctor.

Atulinda Annet

Sponsor Annet!

Age: 15

Class: S3

School fees: 450,000 Ugandan shillings

My name is Annet, I’m 15 and I’m attending S3 class. I live with my mother, one brother and two sisters: I’m the oldest and I have to take care of my siblings, especially of my little sister, who is only 8 months. My father and my mother divorced, so she became a prostitute to pay my studies and she’s rarely at home because she often goes to the capital, which is 5 hours from home. I have to walk 7km each day to reach the school. My favourite subject is English, and I would like to become a lawyer.

Kemigisa Hellen

Sponsor Hellen!

Age: 15

Class: S2

School fees: $50 per term/$150 per year

I am Hellen, I’m 15 years old and I’m going to the second class of Secondary School (S2). I love going to school, and I especially enjoy science and maths. In my future, I would like to become a doctor so I will be able to treat other people. I lost both my parents six years ago in a fight for land in Kibaale, and I was found at church all alone without any relative. I started staying with one lady that I call auntie. But my auntie is sick as she has HIV and she can’t pay for my school fees because here health is not public and we have to pay for it. She has to get drugs from hospital monthly and needs to eat well.

Basemera Liliah

Sponsor Liliah!

Age: 13

Class: P6

School fees: $50 per term/ $150 per year

My name is Liliah, I’m 13 years old and I’m currently stuck at home because I cannot pay for my uniform and for the school fees. I would like to become a nurse so I will be able to treat people with HIV/AIDS: I lost both my parents because of AIDS, and also two aunts and an uncle. I started living with my grandmother when my parents died, but she has high blood pressure and she has no possibility to support my studies.

Karungi Lillian

Sponsor Lillian!

Age: 12

Class: P7

School fees: 30,000 Uganda Shillings per term

My name is Lillian, I’m 12 years old and I’m attending P7 class, the last class of Primary school. I’m an orphan, I live with my three brothers and my three sisters. I’m the youngest in my family. I’m really shy, but I really enjoy going to school and learn new things. I especially like science and I would like to become a nurse.

Karungi Majory

Sponsor Majory!

Age: 10

Class: P5

School fees: 30,000 Uganda Shillings + uniform

I’m Majory, I’m 10 years old and I’m attending P5 class. I’m an orphan, my mother and my father died together: they were hit by a lighting strike when I was six months old, so I was raised by my grandmother and now I live with her. My favourite subject in school is English and I would like to become a teacher.

Wembabazi Maureen

Sponsor Maureen!

Age: 16

Class: S1

School fees: 450,000 Uganda Shillings

My name is Maureen, I’m 16 years old and I’m attending the first class of Secondary School (S1). I live with my mother and 15 siblings: 5 brothers and 10 sisters. The oldest is 31, and the youngest is 12. My father left the family to marry another woman, so he lives with a new family now and I don’t see him anymore because my parents are divorced. I live very far from school and I have to walk for more than 10km each day to reach the school, under the Ugandan sun which is really hard. My favourite subjects are biology and chemistry, and I would like to become a doctor in the future. 

Kembabazi Phiona

Age: 12

Class: P5

School fees: TBA

I’m Phiona, I’m 12 years old and I’m attending P5 class. I’m an orphan and I live with my grandmother. I have a 5-year-old sister and a 2-year-old brother, so I have to look after them as the oldest sister. When I grow up I would like to become a nurse to treat sick people. My favourite subjects in school are English and science.

Alimpa Promise

Sponsor Promise!

Age: 15

Class: S1

School fees: TBA + uniform

My name is Promise, I’m 15 years old and I’m attending the first class of Secondary School (S1). School is very important for me because it gives me knowledge and I hope to be able to help my sick mother in the future. I want to become a doctor.

Nyangoma Prussy

Sponsor Prussy!

Age: 16

Class: S4

School fees: 450,000 Uganda Shillings

My name is Prussy, I’m 16 years old and I’m attending S4 class. I live with my mother, 3 brothers and 10 sisters. The oldest one is 20 and the youngest one is 11. My father and my mother divorced, because my father left the family to marry another woman. I have to walk more than 7km to reach the school. I really love mathematics and actually I’m the best in my school at that subject. I would like to become an accountant and work in a bank, or maybe a nurse to help sick people.

Kwasima Rachael

Sponsor Rachel!

Age: 15

Class: S1

School fees: 125,000 Uganda Shillings

My name is Rachael and I’m 15 years old. I’m currently not going to school because I don’t have enough money to buy my school material and my school uniform, but I love learning and going to school. My dream is to become an accountant.

Kobusinge Sharon

Sponsor Sharon!

Age: 12

Class: P5

School fees: TBA

My name is Sharon, I’m 12 years old and I’m attending P5 class. I live with my parents, my 3 brothers and my three sisters. I’m the oldest of my sisters so I look after them when I’m home. My favourite subject in school is science and I would like to become a teacher. I like going to school because it encourages me to chase my own dreams.

Eseza Maureen

Sponsor Maureen!

Age: 13

Class: P5

School fees: TBA

My name is Maureen, I’m 13 years old and I’m attending P5 class. I live in a refugee camp, because a big sugar factory bought our land and threw me and my family out. Our conditions here are really really poor, and it’s really difficult to find clothes and school materials because we are really far from the city. I really enjoy going to school.

Nassali Janifer

Sponsor Maureen!

Age: 11

Class: P3

School fees: TBA

I am by names of Nassali Janifer, I live with my grandmother in the village who is a farmer that grows vegetables to sustain us. It’s from the small income that she earns from the vegetables that we survive

Even though life is not so good for me but I am so grateful to have my grandmother because She has tried her level best to support me and help me reach where I am right now though it has been full of ups and downs since I still have a big tragedy that runs through my mind always.

I was around the age of 5 when my mother died. I was young but it was not so easy for me. Life was not so good though when my mother was around but it got worse when she died. My grandmother took me on and she decided to raise me slowly.

I was already in school and I dropped out because of the situation. Later on after 2 years my grandmother was able to raise some little money to take me to school. I went to school without books or even shoes. I was given one book by one merciful teacher and I started to study. I loved studying but due to circumstances somedays I had to miss school in order to help my grandmother in some things like digging in order for her to get some money to be able to pay school fees.

I have missed months and years due to lack of school fees and it really pains me a lot.

The mother was young and she produced me and after she dumped me at my grandpa place

I was produced and when I was produced my mum was so young and my father ran away because he was not ready to have a child at his age.

My mother became so sick and cant be able to take care of us anymore and our big brother is the one trying his level best plus the rest to work and get some thing

Imprisoned our father and things have never been the same since then

Ndyamuhaki Rosette

Sponsor Rosette!

Age: 14

Class: P7

School fees: TBA

My name is Rosette, I’m 14 years old and I’m attending P7 class, the last class of Primary School. I live in a refugee camp with my family, because a big sugar factory bought our land and threw us out. My house is made of wood and straw. I’m good at school and I would like one day to have a good job to permit me and my family better living conditions.

Nasike Patiencee

Sponsor Rosette!

Age:9

Class: N/A

School fees: TBA

I am Nasike Patience, I was born in 2012 and I am the fourth child, My mum separated with my dad when I was six months and I have grown up with only my mother. She works as a maid in someone’s home to look after us.

It has not been so easy because I saw how the world is really hard. I have seen my mother struggling to pay our school fees. She has struggled so much to feed us. She normally packs for us the left over from her boss’s food.

She has endeavored to see that we put on at least a cloth on our bodies. She has tried to give us herbal medicine when we get sick and many others.         I pray to God that one day I will study hard and I become a doctor with a lot of money and I will help my mother, my sisters and brothers to live in a better life.

With the little help I have got it has really helped and changed a lot.

May God bless Who ever gives us help no matter how small it may be,

Nankya Sandra

Sponsor !

Age: N/A

Class: S.4

School fees: TBA

Am by names of Nankya Sandra from Kawere Memorial High School, as a girl, I have gone through different problems which I would like to tell and first of all let me first thank the ones who have donated to us Sanitary pads and the School fees.

In this year, it was registration time and I had not yet completed the registration fee so the school told me I won’t be registered if I have not completed both my school fees and the registration fee and on time. I had not yet picked my pass slip from the school where I sat P.7 from, So I decided to call my dad and he told me that he had no money, so I came to Madam Nakakande Josephine and she gave me the money and I was so happy.

 All this year, I have been facing a problem of disturbance from boys and I was in P.6 when I started engaging in relationships which was not good and I did it convertibly when my parents didn’t know. So when the found out she got angry and when I went to apologize, she told me that I might not sit P.7 but time reached and I went to school and I was performing very well, I studied and I sat my PLE Exams. When the PLE exam results returned I had performed well and I talked to myself at the moment, I said that “I was so depreciated in that period where I engaged in relationships so I decided to stop so I was so free with my family.

When I was in S.2 I faced a problem of school at the moment, my mum was sick and she was not working they called me to the office and they told me that they demand one million and it was end of year exams. I cried to the head master asking him to let me do the exams and he refused so I decided to go to the director of studies asking him to call my mother so that she talks to the head master but the head master refused to listen to my mother so I picked my bag and I went back home crying at the end I never wrote the exams of the end of year.

Am also facing a problem of living with a single parent that in 2017 and that time I was joining S.1 when my mum got sick and she was not able to speak she decided to go to the hospital and we were told that she was not sick. I dropped out of school; and I decided to work at a restaurant. I used to wake up at 4:00 in the night and I go to work because by morning everything would be finished, I worked hard and hard while my mum was recovering from her sickness, the time she recovered from her sickness but still there was no fees for me to go at school and I stayed home for both the two terms.

But let me hope that you will be there for us because we may be coming from different families but some problems we face are the same. We thank you all for your donations and we promise to work hard though we have not performed well but our papers are promising. We are trying to read hard so that we perform well.

Namiyonga Peace

Sponsor !

Age: N/A

Class: N/A

School fees: TBA

My name is Namiyonga Peace study from Najjeera High School, our mother has raised us a single mother but it has been very difficult.  

At home we usually eat once because it is so difficult to collect money. Sometimes we grow crops but we take time to harvest. Our father left us when we were still young and our mother does some small jobs to take care of us like fetching water for people and digging in different gardens. Some of my elder sisters got early pregnancies because of no counselling or help.

At school we are being minimized by our fellow students because of things like school fees, lack of scholastic materials and others. We pass through a lot of hardships. We are being disturbed by boys on the way as we go to school and those who pay us part time jobs. Diseases attack us but we take herbal medicine which just stops the pain only because of lack medication and hospital fee.

The bad thing I will never forget is when my sister died at ordinary times. I would have taken this sentence to mean only that she was going to her own home; I would have not suspected that she was dying. But those were not ordinary times and I understood immediately. I experienced a shock of terror and a strong feeling of sorrow and a desire to see her again. May her soul rest in external peace. Amen.

The other challenge is that I have no sanitary pads sometimes and I find myself going into periods without my knowledge and in most case when am at school. You may stand up to give an answer in class or you are going out and boys look at you and laugh and you become their topic so you end up being ashamed in the whole class.

There is also lack of shelter or a house we are being hated by the land lords because we don’t pay in time and sometimes they chase us and it’s so hard to find another place for shelter.

We are being neglected by some of our family members because of our endless problems whereby we reach a point when we are sick and we cry for help but they just chase us even though they have the money to help.

Nakibuuka Harriet

Sponsor !

Age: N/A

Class: S2

School fees: TBA

I am by names of Nakibuuka Harriet from Bbale Ssecondary School, i thank madam Nakakande Josephine for making me part of Eco- Agric Uganda and who has enabled me be in school.

I am going to talk about problems I faced in my daily life. That have left a lot of scars on heart and are still creating more scars.

Our father always never gave us any help in terms of helping us with paying school fees or even treting us when we call sick. When My elder sister one day collapsed abruptly our dad was the one who even rushed her to hospital but then later he refused to pay the bills and my mum had to suffer with everything alone. He would not only refuse to help us in trouble he would beat up our mother and close her outside the house.

School fees is also another big problem I face. My mother doesn’t have money and I can sit home for over a month. We sometimes run short of food and somedays we can’t eat food nor drink tea. Sometimes I can fall sick and since money is little we don’t have money to go to the hospital and I can lack medication.

One day my mother was seated and a big soil came from up and beat her and the leg got broken and she sat home for months. My mother has three children and every child she is the one to pay our school fees and our father doesn’t want to give us money and he doesn’t want to give us food and sometimes he doesn’t want to come back home.

One day as we went to fetch water we found rappers on the way and they were going to rape us and we shouted and people gathered and rescued us.

Nakato Angella

Sponsor !

Age: N/A

Class: S3

School fees: TBA

I am Nakato Angella and in Senior three at Kira Secondary School found in wakiso district.

I joined school when I was four years older than my classmates. I was the only one with four years in baby class. It all happened because my mother did not have money to take me to school.

I live with both my mother and father. My mother does stone quarrying and my father is a bodaboda man. And they both didn’t go to school that’s why my mother struggles hard so that we can go to school.

We are four children at home, two girls and two boys but our mother is the one who knows what we are going to eat tomorrow, which school we are going to and what we are going to wear. Our father doesn’t care at all.

My mother does stone quarrying and she struggles a lot to look for that money. She goes to someone’s land plot and she digs the stones deep down in the ground and she puts the stones on a wheelbarrow and brings them home for quarrying. It is really so tiresome. Sometimes she fails to get money and that is when am not going to go to school. If the bursar is demanding me school fees and that is when we are not going to eat.

When I started going to school I never had any shoes and a bag, I held my books in my hand. I was the only one carrying books in my hands and I was the only one walking without shoes at school but everyone was just laughing at me. When I told my mother about it she worked so hard and she sat in sunshine every day to look for money to buy shoes and a bag. Every time I went to school and every time I came back home broken bottles and sharp stones were waiting to hurt my feet and when it rained so hard, wind blew my books in the air and I would just walk in mud without any shoes.

I finished all of my primary without shoes and a bag. I have just got a bag and shoes when I joined senior one and I got them from my aunt’s daughter. I was so happy to hold and carry books in a bag for the first time. It was even my first time to wear black shoes and white socks. I was so happy and I was about to sit in front so that everyone who enters the classroom would see my bag and shoes. I really can’t forget that day in my life.

Life was so unfair in that I spent three months at home without school fees in my primary Seven, it was second term, remember I have to do mocks and my class mates had done all the notes and they had done the mock exams but for me I didn’t go to school the whole term and I didn’t do the end of term examinations. My mother failed to get money for that term and so I went back to school in term three. I did the notes anytime I got and every night so that I can catch up with my classmates, the good thing was that I don’t miss the Primary Leaving Examination.

When I joined secondary school, school fees became a more problem to us and I remember in senior two they sent me back home for school fees, I went back and I told my mother about it and she told me she doesn’t have money and I just sat home for a week and the next week. Me I said no I am not going back to school but without any bank slip. I entered the classroom and the bursar came into our class looking for the people who have not yet paid and I was among them. What I did I went to the toilet and hide myself for an hour and I didn’t forget my bag, I went with it. The next hour she was finished with sending all of them that had not finished school fees home and then I went back into the classroom to finish the lessons.

When it came to the time of my first monthly period I had a very heavy flow and blood came into my uniform. First I saw everyone looking at the back of my uniform then I asked them what was going on and they didn’t tell me until a classmate came and told me what had happened to my uniform. I didn’t have any sanitary towel because my mother didn’t buy for me any. And when I went back home I told my mother about it but she said that I she didn’t have money to buy me sanitary towels and I continued using banana fibers to pad myself. The next morning, I was even shy to go back to school.

NAKASI ANGELINA

Age: 15

Class: S.2

School fees: TBA

My name is NAKASI ANGELINA from Kira Secondary School, born in a family of 4 children and I am the first born of my parents. But currently things have been so bad in the family since my father left us for another woman. It all started when my father would buy things like food and he would not bring them home but take them to the other woman. But my mother kept strong but it all ended when Dad Came back angry at his things and quarreled and beat up my mother and even us the children and since then my mother and father separated. Our mother stated working but it was tough since the money was very little.

During the time they had separated things became tougher and I faced very many challenges like I dropped out of school for over a year and later I went to school again but without any school requirements like shoes, books, pens, pencils and many others. They always would send me home to get school requirements and all for school fees. I have missed a lot of exams because of having no school fees.

I faced a problem of no medication for any health problem I would face. I remember I was walking from school to home and I was scared during the way and I heard something come from behind and I decided to run. Accidentally I tripped and I fell and I got a big wound but due to lack of medicine the wound almost made me become lame because it became so infectious. I was really a hard moment.

Ndyamuhaki Rosette

Sponsor Rosette!

Age: 14

Class: P7

School fees: TBA

My name is Rosette, I’m 14 years old and I’m attending P7 class, the last class of Primary School. I live in a refugee camp with my family, because a big sugar factory bought our land and threw us out. My house is made of wood and straw. I’m good at school and I would like one day to have a good job to permit me and my family better living conditions.

Nasike Patiencee

Sponsor Rosette!

Age:9

Class: N/A

School fees: TBA

I am Nasike Patience, I was born in 2012 and I am the fourth child, My mum separated with my dad when I was six months and I have grown up with only my mother. She works as a maid in someone’s home to look after us.

It has not been so easy because I saw how the world is really hard. I have seen my mother struggling to pay our school fees. She has struggled so much to feed us. She normally packs for us the left over from her boss’s food.

She has endeavored to see that we put on at least a cloth on our bodies. She has tried to give us herbal medicine when we get sick and many others.         I pray to God that one day I will study hard and I become a doctor with a lot of money and I will help my mother, my sisters and brothers to live in a better life.

With the little help I have got it has really helped and changed a lot.

May God bless Who ever gives us help no matter how small it may be,

Nankya Sandra

Sponsor !

Age: N/A

Class: S.4

School fees: TBA

Am by names of Nankya Sandra from Kawere Memorial High School, as a girl, I have gone through different problems which I would like to tell and first of all let me first thank the ones who have donated to us Sanitary pads and the School fees.

In this year, it was registration time and I had not yet completed the registration fee so the school told me I won’t be registered if I have not completed both my school fees and the registration fee and on time. I had not yet picked my pass slip from the school where I sat P.7 from, So I decided to call my dad and he told me that he had no money, so I came to Madam Nakakande Josephine and she gave me the money and I was so happy.

 All this year, I have been facing a problem of disturbance from boys and I was in P.6 when I started engaging in relationships which was not good and I did it convertibly when my parents didn’t know. So when the found out she got angry and when I went to apologize, she told me that I might not sit P.7 but time reached and I went to school and I was performing very well, I studied and I sat my PLE Exams. When the PLE exam results returned I had performed well and I talked to myself at the moment, I said that “I was so depreciated in that period where I engaged in relationships so I decided to stop so I was so free with my family.

When I was in S.2 I faced a problem of school at the moment, my mum was sick and she was not working they called me to the office and they told me that they demand one million and it was end of year exams. I cried to the head master asking him to let me do the exams and he refused so I decided to go to the director of studies asking him to call my mother so that she talks to the head master but the head master refused to listen to my mother so I picked my bag and I went back home crying at the end I never wrote the exams of the end of year.

Am also facing a problem of living with a single parent that in 2017 and that time I was joining S.1 when my mum got sick and she was not able to speak she decided to go to the hospital and we were told that she was not sick. I dropped out of school; and I decided to work at a restaurant. I used to wake up at 4:00 in the night and I go to work because by morning everything would be finished, I worked hard and hard while my mum was recovering from her sickness, the time she recovered from her sickness but still there was no fees for me to go at school and I stayed home for both the two terms.

But let me hope that you will be there for us because we may be coming from different families but some problems we face are the same. We thank you all for your donations and we promise to work hard though we have not performed well but our papers are promising. We are trying to read hard so that we perform well.

Namiyonga Peace

Sponsor !

Age: N/A

Class: N/A

School fees: TBA

My name is Namiyonga Peace study from Najjeera High School, our mother has raised us a single mother but it has been very difficult.  

At home we usually eat once because it is so difficult to collect money. Sometimes we grow crops but we take time to harvest. Our father left us when we were still young and our mother does some small jobs to take care of us like fetching water for people and digging in different gardens. Some of my elder sisters got early pregnancies because of no counselling or help.

At school we are being minimized by our fellow students because of things like school fees, lack of scholastic materials and others. We pass through a lot of hardships. We are being disturbed by boys on the way as we go to school and those who pay us part time jobs. Diseases attack us but we take herbal medicine which just stops the pain only because of lack medication and hospital fee.

The bad thing I will never forget is when my sister died at ordinary times. I would have taken this sentence to mean only that she was going to her own home; I would have not suspected that she was dying. But those were not ordinary times and I understood immediately. I experienced a shock of terror and a strong feeling of sorrow and a desire to see her again. May her soul rest in external peace. Amen.

The other challenge is that I have no sanitary pads sometimes and I find myself going into periods without my knowledge and in most case when am at school. You may stand up to give an answer in class or you are going out and boys look at you and laugh and you become their topic so you end up being ashamed in the whole class.

There is also lack of shelter or a house we are being hated by the land lords because we don’t pay in time and sometimes they chase us and it’s so hard to find another place for shelter.

We are being neglected by some of our family members because of our endless problems whereby we reach a point when we are sick and we cry for help but they just chase us even though they have the money to help.

Mutesi

Sponsor !

Age: N/A

Class: p5

School fees: TBA

My name is Mutesi Jane, I have grown up with my mother only. My father left us when I had just been born saying that I was not her daughter.

My mother was still young and she had no money and no help from our father. My mother started working in order for her to get some money and provide some food for me and her.

When I was a little grown we would go together to the job she was doing and we would work together. Later she took me to school though things were not straight forward and I had to go home several times when they have chased me for school fees.

One day as I was school I got bad news that my mum had got an accident and she could not walk. She was rushed into the public hospitals. Since then I dropped out to look after her and even when she got better I have not been able to go back to school since there is no way I can raise the money because the one I raise through doing the work we used to do is for helping us get something to eat.

School fees is also another big problem I face. My mother doesn’t have money and I can sit home for over a month. We sometimes run short of food and somedays we can’t eat food nor drink tea. Sometimes I can fall sick and since money is little we don’t have money to go to the hospital and I can lack medication.

One day my mother was seated and a big soil came from up and beat her and the leg got broken and she sat home for months. My mother has three children and every child she is the one to pay our school fees and our father doesn’t want to give us money and he doesn’t want to give us food and sometimes he doesn’t want to come back home.

One day as we went to fetch water we found rappers on the way and they were going to rape us and we shouted and people gathered and rescued us.

Nakato Angella

Sponsor !

Age: N/A

Class: S3

School fees: TBA

I am Nakato Angella and in Senior three at Kira Secondary School found in wakiso district.

I joined school when I was four years older than my classmates. I was the only one with four years in baby class. It all happened because my mother did not have money to take me to school.

I live with both my mother and father. My mother does stone quarrying and my father is a bodaboda man. And they both didn’t go to school that’s why my mother struggles hard so that we can go to school.

We are four children at home, two girls and two boys but our mother is the one who knows what we are going to eat tomorrow, which school we are going to and what we are going to wear. Our father doesn’t care at all.

My mother does stone quarrying and she struggles a lot to look for that money. She goes to someone’s land plot and she digs the stones deep down in the ground and she puts the stones on a wheelbarrow and brings them home for quarrying. It is really so tiresome. Sometimes she fails to get money and that is when am not going to go to school. If the bursar is demanding me school fees and that is when we are not going to eat.

When I started going to school I never had any shoes and a bag, I held my books in my hand. I was the only one carrying books in my hands and I was the only one walking without shoes at school but everyone was just laughing at me. When I told my mother about it she worked so hard and she sat in sunshine every day to look for money to buy shoes and a bag. Every time I went to school and every time I came back home broken bottles and sharp stones were waiting to hurt my feet and when it rained so hard, wind blew my books in the air and I would just walk in mud without any shoes.

I finished all of my primary without shoes and a bag. I have just got a bag and shoes when I joined senior one and I got them from my aunt’s daughter. I was so happy to hold and carry books in a bag for the first time. It was even my first time to wear black shoes and white socks. I was so happy and I was about to sit in front so that everyone who enters the classroom would see my bag and shoes. I really can’t forget that day in my life.

Life was so unfair in that I spent three months at home without school fees in my primary Seven, it was second term, remember I have to do mocks and my class mates had done all the notes and they had done the mock exams but for me I didn’t go to school the whole term and I didn’t do the end of term examinations. My mother failed to get money for that term and so I went back to school in term three. I did the notes anytime I got and every night so that I can catch up with my classmates, the good thing was that I don’t miss the Primary Leaving Examination.

When I joined secondary school, school fees became a more problem to us and I remember in senior two they sent me back home for school fees, I went back and I told my mother about it and she told me she doesn’t have money and I just sat home for a week and the next week. Me I said no I am not going back to school but without any bank slip. I entered the classroom and the bursar came into our class looking for the people who have not yet paid and I was among them. What I did I went to the toilet and hide myself for an hour and I didn’t forget my bag, I went with it. The next hour she was finished with sending all of them that had not finished school fees home and then I went back into the classroom to finish the lessons.

When it came to the time of my first monthly period I had a very heavy flow and blood came into my uniform. First I saw everyone looking at the back of my uniform then I asked them what was going on and they didn’t tell me until a classmate came and told me what had happened to my uniform. I didn’t have any sanitary towel because my mother didn’t buy for me any. And when I went back home I told my mother about it but she said that I she didn’t have money to buy me sanitary towels and I continued using banana fibers to pad myself. The next morning, I was even shy to go back to school.

NAKASI ANGELINA

Age: 15

Class: S.2

School fees: TBA

My name is NAKASI ANGELINA from Kira Secondary School, born in a family of 4 children and I am the first born of my parents. But currently things have been so bad in the family since my father left us for another woman. It all started when my father would buy things like food and he would not bring them home but take them to the other woman. But my mother kept strong but it all ended when Dad Came back angry at his things and quarreled and beat up my mother and even us the children and since then my mother and father separated. Our mother stated working but it was tough since the money was very little.

During the time they had separated things became tougher and I faced very many challenges like I dropped out of school for over a year and later I went to school again but without any school requirements like shoes, books, pens, pencils and many others. They always would send me home to get school requirements and all for school fees. I have missed a lot of exams because of having no school fees.

I faced a problem of no medication for any health problem I would face. I remember I was walking from school to home and I was scared during the way and I heard something come from behind and I decided to run. Accidentally I tripped and I fell and I got a big wound but due to lack of medicine the wound almost made me become lame because it became so infectious. I was really a hard moment.

BABIRYE FLORENCE

Sponsor !

Age: 14

Class: P7

School fees: TBA

THIS IS MY STORY IN MY LIFE.

Am by names of Babirye Florence in Primary Seven Class from Bulindo St Francis Primary School.

Since I was young I have loved to go to school but my parents didn’t have the money to take me to school. When I reached the age of going to school that is when I was 4 years old I didn’t go to school. I spent more other 2 years home because my father had no job and my mother had a small job that only earned her money to feed once in a while. But my mother wanted us to go to school and she did all her best and finally I started studying.

                I was very happy when my mum told me I was going to start going to school but little did I know that it was not going to be an easy road. It all started well but one day during School time my teacher they told us visitors were coming to school. I was very excited and I wanted to know how visitors look like but the people allowed to see the visitors where those in uniform. Too bad I had no school uniform, no school shoes and I also looked shabby that’s what they said. I was not allowed to move out of classroom and I was the only one without the school uniform. I was so disappointed and unhappy. I went back home so unhappy and when my mother asked what was wrong I told her what happened but she just told me to stay strong and things will be better but they were never going to better soon. Till now I am still struggling with what happened.

On top of coming from school tired and stressed with homework there was bigger challenge we faced as family at home and that was no food at home. Me who used to go to school I would not eat supper and I would only eat breakfast since I had no money for break at school so my mother would tell me to eat breakfast and I had to eat a lot of food on lunch which should take me till tomorrow and worst of it they served us little food at school. The rest of the family ate supper and they would take porridge at lunch.

But I thank God that Madam Nakakande Josephine gave me a hand in my school fees and this has helped improve our life at home since the money for school fees help provide some more food though the situation is not so good but we appreciate her and we pray she continues to help us because without her nothing was going to move on in my life.