Stories Of Our Students
Rose Mugenyi, founder of Sky Is The Limit, wrote to us to ask for help to enable four of the brightest older children she supports to continue their education and achieve their dreams to graduate from secondary school and college. You can read about their stories here.
Andrew is a medical student and needs support to complete his studies.
Andrew lost his father when he was 9 months old. His mother found it very difficult to cope after his father had died and his father’s family cheated his mother out of her land and home. In order to make ends meet, she started cooking snacks to sell. Andrew was only a little boy but had to wake at 2am every day to assist his mother with preparing and frying the snacks which she would sell from 7am every morning. This had a huge impact on Andrew’s learning as by midday he was completely exhausted at school and unable to focus on his lessons. His mother would get very angry with him and found looking after her children too much to deal with. Andrew said he would sometimes wish he was dead, he was so unhappy.
In 2004, Andrew went to live with Rose. For the first time he felt loved and happy in his new home with Rose and the other children at Noah’s Ark. He was concerned about his younger brother Daniel who was still at home, but when Daniel also came to live with Rose, they both thrived in their new home.
Andrew is extremely bright. In his primary school exams, he achieved top marks for the Southern Region of Uganda. He got into one of the best high schools in Kampala. He was anxious about going to such a prestigious school, having come from such a humble background, but said Rose always gave him the confidence and belief in himself to continue.
Andrew is now in his third year at medical school and has another two years to go before he can qualify. Thanks to his academic achievements, his course fees are covered by the government, but the books and equipment he needs for studying medicine are expensive and it has been a real challenge to afford his studies.
Rose needs to find an additional £600 a year to cover his accommodation, living expenses and £500 to cover surgical and medical equipment needed for his studies.
Andrew says Rose has been a role model for him in her work as a health visitor and then by setting up the school and caring for the children. Eventually, he would like to train as a paediatrician and return to Fort Portal to help look after children too.
Faith doesn’t know her exact age but is around 12 or 13. Her mother died of AIDS when she was very small, and then her father died of AIDS a few years later. She went to live with her elder brother and grandmother, but then her grandmother also died. Faith was only seven or eight, but her aunt told her and her brother to go back to their original home and said she would help them out. However, she did very little to help them. Then one of her father’s cousins moved in but made Faith do everything in the home. Her aunt felt bad about the situation and asked Rose to take care of Faith.
Faith has been at Noah’s Ark for over a year now and is thriving. Rose says she is quiet but very organised and happy. She is doing really well at school and getting good grades in all her subjects. She is keen to continue her education at high school.
Sam is a bright 11-year-old who came to Noah’s Ark at the start of 2018. When his father died, his mother was left impoverished with seven children to bring up. Sam is the second youngest and when his uncle saw how the family were living and how undernourished Sam was, he brought Sam to Rose and asked her to look after him. Sam is very happy at Noah’s Ark and has two best friends there who are also in his class at school. He is doing really well at school. His favourite subject is science and he would like to become an engineer and use his earnings to help the rest of his family. He is ready for Secondary school if Rose can find the funding for him.
Miriam is 13 years old and has been at Noah’s Ark since December 2017. She is really happy and has made good friends since moving to Rose’s including her best friend Monik. Her mother left her father when she was very little. Miriam had no memory of her mother which made her feel sad when other people talked about their mothers. Rose persuaded Miriam’s father to let her see her mother during the Easter holidays. She was so pleased to have seen her and to be in contact again.
She likes singing and dancing and her favourite subject at school is English. When she is older she would like to become a nurse and treat sick people. However, the course for training to be a nurse is three years and very expensive. Miriam is doing very well at the moment in P7 and she will start secondary school next year.
*All names are changed in line with Ecologia’s Child Protection Policy