— From Elvis to his new university sponsors
Elvis and Baron joined COU’s program in 2003 not long after the passing of their father and their mother’s disappearance. They were only 6 years old.
Their mother abandoned them in the care of a distant uncle. He was only a teen himself and unemployed — unable to provide adequate food, shelter and care for the small boys. Living in a child-headed family, the situation became desperate until Elvis and Baron were taken under the wing of COU’s program.
From then on, their uncle absolved himself of all responsibility and involvement.In 2010, COU tried searching for Elvis and Baron’s mother or any other surviving relatives. Unfortunately, we were unable to identify anyone; and so, Elvis and Baron truly recognize COU as their guardian.
Together, they attended the same primary and secondary schools. While enrolled at Sabina Primary School, they both received sponsors. Elvis’ original sponsor, Robyn Hudson, continues to support him to this day. Unfortunately, Baron’s first and second sponsor dropped their support. COU continued to provide for him in the hopes of finding a new sponsor.
At COU’s 15th Anniversary event in 2010, our wish was granted when a lovely couple named Robin and Connie Broadfield saw Baron’s profile and decided to become his full sponsor.
This past May, we received the results of our S6 (12th grade equivalent) students whose exam scores qualified them for university. There were only 9 students listed and among them were Elvis and Baron. In fact, Baron was the top scoring of all and Elvis was close behind with comparably high marks.
In late July, we then began receiving university admission letters from those accepted and among them again were, Elvis and Baron. Both were offered programs at Makerere University, which is considered to be the best university in Uganda and one of the most prestigious in all of Africa. COU is only able to permit students with full sponsorship on to university – on average about $3,000 per year.
Gratefully, Baron’s incredibly supportive sponsors, Robin and Connie, immediately offered to pay for all of his university expenses and personal requirements. And so, Baron was thrilled to begin a 4 year Bachelor of Science degree in Petroleum Geo-sciences and Production this August. At the same time, Baron desperately wanted his brother Elvis to join him at Makerere.
We began an urgent search for sponsors who would be in a position to support Elvis in pursuing his dream and join his brother Baron at university. One couple, Brett and Jenine Cravatt, had just finished sponsoring another of our university students, Peter Bukenya. We reached out to them and they enthusiastically agreed to sponsor Elvis in pursuing a 3 year course in Quantitative Economics.
And so, both brothers were able to start their first year of university together in August. A lifelong dream comes true! They are so grateful for this opportunity and the outpouring of love from their sponsors. In a letter Elvis wrote recently, he expressed the following:
While twin brothers Elvis and Baron endured an equally difficult upbringing, today they share joy and hope for their future. These two young men have remained side by side through so much and so it is only fitting that they embark on this next chapter of their lives together.
Would you like to make a dream come true for one of our deserving university hopefuls? We have a number of students in need of a sponsor today, so please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn how you can help.
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