There are people in my life that I have to appreciate for making me who I am today — and there is no one more so than my Children of Uganda (COU) sponsor family. They have been so instrumental in my life — teaching me how to achieve in this world and inspiring me in everything I do. They became my new family after I had lost everyone. It really is a miracle to have reached this far.
I was born in 1992 in a village called Buhanama — the last of 11 children. My father was a government soldier in the 1970′s and officially had two wives — second of whom was my mother. I loved both of my parents, but I was mainly close to my mom. She was a local church leader and I remember seeing women from the community converging in our compound for religious gatherings.
My father had suffered an injury during his time as a soldier and he was often ill. I was told that once he fell so sick that my mother was forced to sell some of our land to pay the medical bills. In December, 2001 both of my parents were very ill and it was up to me to look after them because all of my older siblings lived away from home. I was too young to know what to do. My mother passed away during the Christmas holiday, but I didn’t understand what death really meant.READ MORE
When six-year-old Immaculate joined Children of Uganda’s program in 2010, she was overwhelmed by all the changes; naturally, she was very resistant and missed her brothers terribly.
Two years later, Immaculate is one of the happiest children we have at Sabina Primary School. She smiles every day and has made many new friends. See the before and after photo above.
Our staff in Uganda shared that Immaculate is guiding our newest primary recruits: reminding them when and where to eat, pray and participate in school activities. She has blossomed as a member of our Music, Dance and Drama troupe and loves teaching new songs and dances to her classmates.READ MORE
— from Elvis to his new university sponsors
Elvis and Baron joined Children of Uganda’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 our program.
From then on, their uncle absolved himself of all responsibility and involvement. In 2010, we 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 Children of Uganda 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 were unable to continue their support, but Children of Uganda continued to provide for him in the hopes of finding a new sponsor.
At our 15th anniversary event in 2010, 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 students and Elvis was close behind with comparably high marks.READ MORE
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