My name is David Ntulume. I am a product of SAO Uganda and I am proud of it. My parents had two children; my sister and I. We were orphaned due to HIV & AIDS at an early age and life became unbearable. Our only living guardian that we turned to was our ailing grandmother. On some days we went to bed hungry. Under the circumstances, school fees and scholastic materials became a luxury.
By Turyasingura Nelson, Programme Officer Community Development Najjembe Project
Children thrive when they have the opportunity to grow up in healthy families and safe supportive environments. This is what SAO Uganda’s programmes target; that through her Child Centered Community Development approach, children will grow to maximize their potential.
Imweno John Paul 21years old is a school dropout from Angrom C village Morukatipe Parish. He dropped out of school in 2012 in senior 3 when his poor parents who are peasants failed to pay his school fees. After dropping out of school he got engaged in brick making where he was paid 3000/= after making 5000raw bricks. In 2014, John enrolled in TVET with SAO where he trained as a welder for three months from September - Decenber 2014.
I am a deputy Head Teacher at Kazo Secondary School in Nansana Town Council. I grew up in a very small village of Kirugaruga in Kakiri Sub County with eight siblings. I am the fourth born. Because our family was polygamous (my father had four wives), each of our mothers fended for her children.
From our small church – Kirugaruga Baptist Church, there happened to be a great man in my history – Pr. David Ntege who was part of SAO Uganda.
He looked at my mom with the eight children and felt sympathetic in the way she struggled.
Children in Osukuru Primary School participating in Music, Dance and Drama. They participate in making handcrafts to improve their skills.
Eunice is a primary four pupil in God's Angel Nursery and Primary School Najjembe Subcounty, 5kms from home. At school she is involved in dancing, singing, playing netball and story telling to friends in the class and is a member of a village children club where she participates in club activities such as attending club weekly meetings, review meetings, club leaders training and craft making.
Imalingat Samuel, 29 is a resident of Kanyipa village who gained skill in bee keeping and hive making.
“Before the training by SAO Uganda, I had an idea on bee keeping but using primitive methods and harvesting less honey. I used to put pots as bee hives in the branches of the trees After the training from SAO, I now do beekeeping in a better way and as a business. Iam happy that I earn more from it than before,” says Imalingat.
As a result of the training Samuel has made local beehives so as to increase his harvest of honey.
“Am now able to take better care of myself and relatives at home.” I can buy milk, sugar, clothes and pay for medical care unlike before.” This was the response from Joyce Asekenye, 16 when asked about the benefits she got from vocational skills training programme for out-of-school youths supported by SAO Uganda in Kolir sub county, Eastern Uganda.