Helen’s Story

    When Helen was eight years old, her mother passed away. By this time, her father, an alcoholic, had abandoned his family and returned to Moroto (northern Uganda). Helen’s sister, Silvia, had been forced to marry at the age of twelve and had a child shortly after. Though Silvia had no employment, she and her husband allowed Helen to join them in exchange for taking care of their child. Helen had to drop out of school to make time to watch the child and life was difficult as the only income the family had was from begging on the streets of Jinja. It was at this time that Helen’s sister Silvia asked PFP for help and to take Helen in so that she may have a chance at a safe and happy childhood and an education as well. PF welcomed her into our program with open arms and she stayed with us for a number of years. Over time, Silvia eventually obtained employment and gave up her habit of alcohol abuse. In 2018, the sisters decided that they would like to spend school holidays together so they may rebuild and strengthen their relationship. Helen continues as a full PFP scholarship recipient and attends boarding school throughout the year. However now, during school holidays she spends the school break at home with her sister Silvia. PFP continues to support Hellen for food, medical and all other associated costs and our social worker makes weekly check in visits to ensure Helen thrives. 

    Date of Birth: March 24, 2005

    Place of birth: Bugembe, Uganda


    What do you want to be when you grow up? I want to become a bank manager

    Why? I like how people in banks manage money

    What is your favorite color? Pink

    What is your favorite food? Rice and beans

    What is your favorite school subject? Science

    What are your hobbies? Playing netball and listening to music