When I finished my teacher training college, I joined the teaching profession at Nakaseke SDA Primary School. This was after the bush war that took place from 1981-1986. The school had been destroyed by the former government soldiers who took all the iron sheets, doors, windows, and all the furniture that were in the school.
We started with 30 pupils from the surrounding areas. We were only 3 teachers and we had no teaching materials to use. The then acting head teacher advised us to remain calm as the situation was to normalize with time. By the end of the year, we closed the school with 77 kids. Out of this number, 27 had lost both parents, thus they were left total orphans, while at least 20 had a single parent and the remaining had their parents but had no money to pay for the school fees and some other school requirements.
By the beginning of the following year, 1988, we had 150 children at school which means the number of the orphans grew steadily and that meant that we had to look for other means of helping these children. I had a vision of trying to look for ways of getting funders to sponsor these children so that they continue with their studies. One German medical doctor was working in the nearby hospital and she had the same vision like we had, She contacted her colleagues in Germany and they bought a land to builkd an orphanage. Many orphans were registered and the Nakaseke Orphanage was founded. However, things were not successful as this orphanage was abandoned due to some political issues that got involved in.
These orphans were however retained but due to some financial constraints, they started to look for some other ways of surviving. Some were adopted by good Samaritans of the surrounding areas. While others went to streets and some other places to find means of surviving. As teachers, we had to look for some ways of uniting these kids in order to give them a brighter future.
Twenty years down the road, some of us have retired from the teaching service but here again we got some problems in the country. That was AIDS. A deadly disease that has consumed many in Uganda and other countries. It has left many children affected and infected by AIDS. Nakaseke in general has been a victim of AIDS for almost 27 years. Many school going kids are remaining at home instead of going to school. Others who have joined school are dropping out of school for lack of school fees.
This was when we joined hands and formed Nakaseke Children’s Home. Located in Nakaseke Town Council in Mwagalwa Zone, on a five acre piece of land, we are striving together as retired and active teachers, clergymen, and other professionals to help these children to continue with their studies while supporting those who have dropped out of school to train them with skills that will make them job creators and not job seekers.
We are currently constructing a multi million complex to accommodate these children who do not have homes to live in as we try to get some abandoned children from the nearby villages to assist them with different scholastic materials to go back to school.what-we-do