“Feeling loved is the epitome of success. If you have someone who cares about you, despite the problems you have, be it at school or home, you always get the courage to fight.”
Julius Agaba now holds a Bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy. He joined Children of Uganda 19 years ago, in 1998. It was his cleverness and love for mathematics as a child that “won” him a guardian.
“It was a day, normal like any other day, when I came back from school and found a visitor named Jan Smart at Nsambya Children’s Home. I greeted her like we always do when we receive visitors at the home. She then started asking me a number of mathematics questions. I did not know why she was asking me these questions, but I answered all her questions very fast and correctly. This amazed her so much and she immediately picked interest in sponsoring my education. Jan Smart told her friend Hazel Denton about me and the two decided to be my sponsors. Ever since they started supporting me, my life never remained the same,” explains Julius.
Because of Julius’ exceptionally good academic performance, he was able to attend one of the best secondary schools in Uganda. He then qualified for a Bachelor’s degree course in Pharmacy at Mbarara University and graduated on January 30th, 2016.
“Aunt Jan and Hazel never gave me only tuition; they loved and cared about me, and were very much involved in my life.”
Julius attributes his success to Children of Uganda and his sponsors who made it possible for him to reach this far in his education. He acknowledges that without his sponsors, he wouldn’t have achieved these tremendous goals. His sponsors gave him the strength and courage to stand the most challenging times in life.
With trembling lips and halts is his speech, Julius says, “Aunt Jan and Hazel never gave me only tuition; they loved and cared about me, and were very much involved in my life like they were my biological parents. I’ve always said thank you to them and I will keep saying it because I don’t think I will ever feel like I have said it enough.”
Julius’ hardest level of education was Advanced Level (HSC) of secondary school because of the many notes he had to read in a very short period of time. But he chose to work extremely hard because he knew what he wanted to for his future. His advice to students joining university is to work hard right from the very first day of lectures because it is the first semester results that contribute to the final marks at the end of the course.
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