Nakaseke Children’s Home – Orphans’ Stories.

70 year old Maria Mary Kyofuna with 3 of the 7 orphans she looks after.

70 year old Maria Mary Kyofuna with 3 of the 8 orphans she looks after.

Maria Mary Kyofuna with 3 of her 8 orphans she looks after.

Maria Mary Kyofuna is 70 years old widow. Her husband died in a bush war that liberated Uganda from 1981-1986. She had 11 children all from one husband. All their property was stolen and the land was also taken by her landlord because they had not secured a land title from him. She was left to wander with her children from one place to another.

However, her children started to die of AIDS. Leaving behind some little ones without any proper care. She has buried 4 of her children dying of AIDS. Two of her 7 remaining children died in a war torn country of South Sudan where they had gone to do business to support their mother and some orphans together with their young ones.

The remaining 5 of Maria’s children are living in abject poverty and they cannot support their mother at the same time support their own children.

Maria has tried her best to support her little orphans to take them to school and feed them. But the climate change has not favored her. Maria is a peasant farmer who survives from hiring a small land to plant some maize and beans to sell and support her little ones. But the long drought in Uganda has disappointed her and she is now crying foul.

She has now opted to drop her grand children from school and they are no longer going to school for lack of school fees.

 

Maria and her little ones live 3 kilometers from Nakaseke Children’s  Home. She lives in a small house she built on her own with the support of her little ones and some few friends. Although the plot of land she bought is in a swamp, mosquitoes can’t be avoided. They need blankets, mattresses and mosquito nets to prevent them from malaria – another deadly disease that kills most of our people.

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Steven Kavuma

Stephen Kavuma is 10 years old and lives with her grand mother Maria. He is now the strongest of the family as he does not discriminate work. He wakes up early in the morning to go and look for firewood in the forest so he can sell them and buy food and some domestic needs as her grand mother is doing other house chores. He dropped from school in primary four in the second term of 2016. His dream job is to become a doctor.

Stephen is opportunistic and looks forward for that day when his dream will become a reality. He wishes to support her grandmother when he grows up and start work. He wants to build her a beautiful house to live in.

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Maria Nalwanga 8 years Old

Nalwanga Maria is 8 years old. She dropped from school in the second term of 2016. She was in primary 2 in Nakaseke SDA primary school. Her dream job is to become a Lawyer. Although Nalwanga is an orphan, she is hopeful that poverty will not determine her future. She is happy to  be a child of God and she knows Jesus loves her and her family. One day all the problems will be carried away by Jesus when He comes back.

 

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Mwanje Calvin is six years old.

Innocent as he looks, Calvin has never seen any of his parents except his grandmother. Her mother abandoned them when he was just six months old. He has lived with his grandmother since his infancy. He believes he will be an Engineer when he grows up to support his old grandmother build her a bungalow. He has missed his third academic year in a nursery school when he   dropped from school in 2016 second term.

The Value Of Education.

A School is part of a community and the community is part of a school.

The value of education can be expressed in many ways. It is said “Education pays because you will be poorer without it”. A good education really means a good start in life. Education is the foundation on which you build a life which is not only richer in money (because the educated person is normally better paid than the person who is less educated) but also richer in quality.

A life of quality is found by people, old and young, men and women, who have wide interests, and who are strongly aware of culture and people, particularly people. Education brings awareness.

Education gives you skills. There are basic which you see at work and which you get at school: reading, writing and arithmetic (known as the 3R’s), plus memory and reasoning skills.

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Women In Education

 

Education with good guidance will provide the student with social awareness and social skills such as the ability to get on with others, the ability to communicate well, and make decisions, to choose a career and to get on successfully in the first job.

Education in a good school, with a principal who is a leader and has an enthusiastic team of teachers, also provides the students with maturity at an early age and with confidence and competence to meet the outside world. Education therefore provides readiness for future responsible citizenship.

And also, although it is the role of the home to provide the first instruction in and knowledge of the first particular culture, values and religion, it is the task of the school to reinforce these values. However, the student must make his personal choice regarding these matters, and decide what place certain values, cultural influences and religion should have in his personal life.

Education does not stop at the end of a school career. Education after school provides, for those who want to get ahead, added opportunities to reach their goals. One of the very important tasks of skills development centers is to give information about education after school and to help students choose courses which are within their abilities. There are a wide range of courses from secondary technical education to university degrees.

There is a close relationship between education on the one end and social or economic opportunities on the other. Education supplies the need for professional and technically trained manpower in our progressive community.

One of the major functions of the Skills Development Center is to awaken in the student’s educational awareness, an attitude that education is important and that it is worth making a major effort to succeed in school. Educational awareness is the basis for students’ motivation. A student who can’t see the purpose of his studies will not study. Fortunately, many young people  are fully aware that the road to opportunity is through  a good education.

But students’ motivation is caused not only by the acceptance of education as a great goal; it is also caused by the way that education is received. How is the subject taught? How can the teacher encourage and stimulate her students? Why some teachers got classes full hardworking students and first class results every year in public examinations while other teachers have classes full of angry, frustrated or dull students? What does it take to be a good teacher?

We shall see all the answers in our next content.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Being An Orphan.

 

A true story of an orphan From Nakaseke Children’s Home.

Zainab Nanteza 16 years

Zainab Nanteza 16 years

My name is Nanteza Zainab from Nakaseke Children’s Home. I am a 16 year old Ugandan girl. I was born on 24th April 2000. I grew up with my mother until I was 9 years old in the village of Kiwenda, Zirobwe road 20 kilometers from Kampala City.

During that period, I asked my mother o take me to my father because they lived separately since my childhood. She eventually took me to my dad and he took me to Real Light Day and Boarding Primary School in primary four in 2014. While at school, my mother passed away. She died of AIDS. I was left with my father.

My father was not financially well and I was given a bursary in that school by the Director of the same school. I completed my Primary level in 2013 and I got a second grade in the following areas:

Mathematics 4
Social Studies 5
Science 4
English 3
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From there I joined Blessed Hope Secondary School in 2014. My father was so happy with me because I was clever and showed me  parental love since I was the only child he had in his life. As you know some people are sometimes not happy when someone is in peace.

I was still in my second term in senior one 2014, my aunt separated with her husband and came to live with my father. She came with her four children and because she was jobless, she wanted my father to take care of her children even at school. My father took all the responsibilities of her husband.

My father was not financially healthy but we lived happily with him before my aunt came. My aunt did what was possible and impossible to limit my father from showing me parental love. In that my father could stop his care of me and take the responsibility of those children. To pay for the school fees, and look after them in every situation.

Life became hard and harder for me because that is the time when I lost my parental love from the only parent I had left with. My aunt tried hard to convince my father to stop paying school fees for me. The reason was that she thought I was going to waste the money my father would spend on her children. And that I was going to get pregnant very soon and drop out of school.

In our Muslim faith, a girl child is considered less than a boy child. She wanted  me to get a man and get married before even reaching my maturity. “Don’t waste money and time on that girl. She is going to disappoint us and produce and get married. After all her mother died”. She used to tell my father.

My aunt used my father’s weakness to stand a chance of ignoring me. She started telling me a woman’s responsibilities in marriage life even at 14 years. I started crying for my beloved mother because by then I was left alone. She spoke abusive words plus cursing me saying “Heeeey…!!! you will be like that ever because you don’t want to listen to my words. You are girl..go and marry and make a family so we can get dowry from you like others”. In too much pain, I finished form one.

I I left school and home after my last examination paper so I could leave them in peace with my father and went to live with my grandma in Wobulenzi  16 kilometers from my father’s home. She was also a jobless house wife who could not afford to pay for my school fees the following year. Although she loved me, I saw no future in living with her.

I tried to go and look for work as a baby sitter or a shop attendant but life was so hard for me because they could not pay well and I was being tortured continuously. While still at work, my grandma fetched me from work that my father had passed away!! That was March 2016.

I then heard of Nakaseke Children’s Home that they help orphans and children without enough care when I had come back for burial of my father. It was July 2016 when I went there. The Director asked me what I loved most between going back to school and joining a vocational school. I told him I loved to go back to school but it was in the middle of the year. I could not join senior two since I had to start from the first term.

I have sat home for almost two years . Had  I been schooling I would be sitting for my O level examinations in 2017.

From my childhood, I had a dream of becoming a surgeon. If I get a chance of going back to school, I would like to show and discover my ability of being a surgeon.

Right now am at Nakaseke Children’s Home training as a Hair Dresser, a course I am pursuing until I start my school early 2017 for my senior two class.

 

ZSecond from left is Zainab Nanteza in Nakaseke Chidren's Home School of Hair Dressing.Zainab Nanteza (Second from left) attending a Hair dressing class at Nakaseke Children’s Home

 

 

Nakaseke Children’s Home

 

How It Started

Nakaseke Children’s Home was founded in 2002 by James Byogo Musisi after realizing that there is a great need for our children who are disadvantaged that need assistance in different areas of life.

There were four most important reasons why there is a big number of vulnerable/disadvantaged children especially in Africa and some other parts of the world.

  1. Poverty
  2. Corrupt Governments
  3. Diseases
  4. Unemployment

Poverty.

Uganda, like many African countries, is a poor country with an income per capita of $800. While the richest country in the world has an income per Capita of $100.000, there is a big difference in terms of living costs. Therefore, the biggest percentage of Ugandans lives under abject poverty.

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.These school children walk  long distances to attend a school and they go hungry the whole day.

This means many children will live in the poverty cycle for the rest of their lives. They will never attend good schools, never have enough health facilities, have no enough food to feed on, and their rights are ever abused.

Children who have managed to be taken to school are ever lacking. Scholastic materials are not provided, they are not fed at school yet they don’t carry their own food from home. That means they will go hungry for the whole day while at school.

Responsible parents do provide some little food which these children will carry to school and by the time they reach at lunch time, it will have gone cold. This means that this food will cause these children to doze in class.

As for the basic scholastic materials and tuition fees, these children find it hard to concentrate due to the fact that the school administrators are ever on their necks to pay for the tuition fees and other requirements.

Uganda being a poor country where almost 80% of its population lives under poverty line, many parents cannot support their families not because they don’t care about them but because