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Fortunate is one of the most popular boys at Cardinal Nsubuga and he does very well in school. He is charismatic, intelligent and lots of fun. He plays soccer after school and is one of the best strikers in the team. Fortunate lost his father when he was only 9 years old. The mother learned farming to provide food for the 4 children. Seeing his mother suffer so hard, inspired Fortunate to work hard for his future and to study engineering. As a civil engineer, he wants to support his family financially and become one of the best engineers in Uganda.
Letter from Fortunate Turyagumanawe:
Resty is an extremely hard working girl who loves to study and does very well in school. She has a warmth about her, she loves to laugh and carries a beautiful smile that brightens up the room. Resty comes from an impoverished family who lives in a small village; her father was involved in an accident when Resty was very young leaving her mother to provide for 10 children. Seeing her father suffer, due to lack of proper care, inspired Resty to work hard for her future and study medicine. As a doctor she wants “to promote good health, set up a clinic and provide employment opportunities.
Sharif is full of life, focused and inspiring. He is one of the best students at Cardinal Nsubuga Secondary School. He loves to read novels and play soccer. Sharif’s father died in a tragic car accident while returning to his family from work. He now lives with his mother and other siblings. Sharif aspires to become a forester and protect the precious forests of beautiful Uganda. Sharif loves to learn about new cultures.
Letter from Sharif Gitta:
Marion is a delightful person, she is warm caring and full of life. She enjoys reading science books and listening to music. Marion’s childhood was very challenging, she comes from a conflict area in northern Uganda. Her father was killed by Joseph Kony’s rebels. She lives with her uncle since 5th grade. Marion wants to be a doctor and heal people from various illnesses afflicting her country.
Letter from Marion Arionget:
Allen is a very sweet girl. She enjoys studying and does well in school. Allen comes from a small village in northern Uganda. The parents died when Allen was very young and she was raised by the grandfather. She loves her grandfather. Allen aspires to enter university and study medicine.
Letter from Allen Aliirwawo:
Joseph loves singing and wants to start a band with his brother and make money to support the younger siblings. His father died when he was in 7th grade. He was deeply connected to his father and suffered tremendously when he died. Joseph now lives with the mother and 6 siblings. He hopes to attend music school and perfect his talent.
Letter from Joseph Kanyike:
Eric is quiet and doesn't like to talk much. He enjoys observing and has a tremendous ability to find humor in different circumstances. He is Joseph's half brother from the father's side. Eric and Joseph both suffered from the death of the father. Eric's mother died when he was 6 year old and he now lives with the grandparents. Eric's ambition is to be the best auto mechanic in Uganda.
Letter from Eric Kigula:
Peter enjoys singing traditional songs and does very well in school. He is charismatic, intelligent and lots of fun. Peter lost his mother when he was 8 years old and grew up with his father. Peter is working very hard for his future to study to become an accountant. “I want to get an accounting degree and start my own business someday.”
Letter from Peter Kimbowa:
Damali loves to dance and listen to music, she is often the first one on the dance floor. She comes from a small village in Uganda and is the youngest in her family of 4. Her father died when she was only three years old. She misses him. Damali wants to study accounting and dreams of working for a big bank in East Africa. She is inspired by the support she gets from EDA and wants to save money to build an organization to help orphans.
Hajira is the youngest student in the group. Her parents died when she was only 6 months old. She was raised by an aunt. To pay for school fees, Hajira worked hard gardening and carrying water for people in the village. The money she made was not always enough to cover school fees, but the principle in primary school was so impressed by her performance and dedication that gave her a scholarship.
Rogers is a warm and gentle boy. He loves reading books about historical events and making connections how those events have shaped the world. Rogers grew up with his mother, the father died when he was 8 years old. Seeing his mother work so hard to support him touched Rogers deeply and he hopes to show his appreciation by studying hard and attending university. He aspires to be a journalist.
Letter from Rogers Wayemera:
Royce is warm, perceptive and very optimistic. She loves to study and does very well in school. Royce comes from a small village in south-eastern Uganda. The father died when Royce was very young and she was raised by the grandmother until the age of 11. She loves her grandmother. Royce aspires to study medicine. She wants to “do HIV/AIDS research and find the cure.” Royce would love to hear from you.
Letter from Nekesa Ssanya Royce:
Musana appears shy at first, but once you get to know him he is very smart and friendly. He leads the school’s debate team and enjoys discussing socio-economic issues facing Uganda today. Musana was separated from the parents at a young age; the father is disabled and lives in a distant village. The mother visits him sometimes during school holidays. He currently lives with his uncle. Musana wants to be an accountant to support his family financially and promote education.
Letter from Musana Muhamadu Musa:
Charles loves to laugh, he is always cracking jokes with his friends. He enjoys listening to music and loves to play soccer. Charles currently lives with his aunt. His father died when he was very young leaving 4 children without much support. Charles is working very hard for his future to study to become a pilot. “I want to get a qualification in aviation.”
Joan appears shy, but very pleasant and warm once you get to know her. She grew up with her grandmother. The mother left when Joan was born and the father died when she was 3 years old. She is the only child. Joan hopes to enter university and study business. The grandmother has always been a source of love and inspiration for Joan and she is dedicated to take care of her and make her proud.
Letter from Natanda Joan:
Mary enjoys reading novels and playing net ball. She comes from a big family who lives in a small village outside Jinja town. The mother has been sick for most of Mary's life and unable to attent to the family. To survive and support the family, Mary has had pick up odd jobs in the village, such as weaving hair for other girls and raising rabbits. Seeing her family suffer to survive, inspired Mary to focus on education and hard for her future to become a nurse.
Bruno is a wonderful young man, full of life, focused and inspiring. He loves to learn everything he can about planes. Bruno’s father was very ill and left the family early on to get treated in the west of Uganda. Bruno was brought up by his aunt who struggles to pay for his education. Bruno aspires to be a pilot and fly the best planes in the world. He also loves to learn about new cultures and their music.
Letter from Kabugo Bruno:
Bridget enjoys science and studying the functioning of different organisms. Bridget comes from an impoverished family and has 6 siblings. When Bridget was young, the parents send her to live with an uncle, because they could not afford her education. A few years later the uncle had a serious accident and was no longer able to work. Seeing her family suffer so much, inspired Bridget to study hard and find a way out of such limiting circumstances. She wants to become a nurse, because “these days the death rate in our country is high due to the low percentage of nurses in the hospitals, especially in rural areas.”
Joan is the life of the party, she enjoys socializing and networking with people from different backgrounds. She grew up with her mother and two siblings. The father was away most of her childhood because of his duty as a soldier. She often fears for his life. Joan enjoys fashion and hopes to attend an art school.
Ritah is a strong and resilient girl. She grew up with her grandmother. The father died when she was 8 years old and the mother left to find work in a nearby town to support the family. She worries about the mother a lot. Ritah was walking 4 miles a day to get to school before joining EDA and entering the boarding section. Now she is much happier and enjoys the new friendships at school. Ritah wants to become a nurse.
Letter from Nakayenga Ritah: