Eric’s Story

    After the death of Eric’s father (when he was still a very small boy), he lived with his mother and siblings in their village in Moroto. His mother was not able to provide for the family and Eric, being the youngest child always struggled to look out for himself. He often went hungry and had to drop out of school since there was no money for school fees. After Eric dropped out of school, he began roaming the streets looking for food to eat. He remembers that sometimes he was able to find work, looking after a neighbors cows. One day while he was doing this work to earn some money for food, he decided to sneak into a bus and ride it to Buganda to search for relatives he heard were in the area. He was tired of the hunger and abuse he lived with in Moroto and thought he may be able to find a better life elsewhere. Unfortunately, when he arrived in Jinja, he was not able to locate his aunt right away and he became a street child there. It was after a few months that he finally did find the aunt he had been looking for. Eric was allowed to stay with his aunt for awhile but the house she lived in was too small, and feeding Eric was too much of a burden on her already poverty stricken family. She told Eric he would have to go back to Moroto as she could no longer provide for him. Eric was terrified of the prospects in front of him- return to starvation and abuse in his mothers home in Moroto or live on the streets in Jinja.

    Luckily, PFP came to the rescue just in time, the same day that he was being sent back out to the streets. Now, thanks to his sponsor he will have a safe and loving home and will have every one of his basic needs met, every single day. Eric will have the opportunity to attend school, and can look toward his future with hope.  PFP will work hard to ensure that Eric has the opportunity to maintain a safe and healthy relationship with his aunt and his mother as well. 

    Date of Birth: February 28, 2008

    Tribe: Mugisu

    Q&A

    What do you want to be when you grow up? A lawyer, so I can get honor

    What is your favorite color? White

    What is your favorite food? Matooke and meat

    What is your favorite thing to do? Kasonko