Cheggem’s father died when she was two years old, and after his death, her mother struggled to provide necessities for Cheggem. They lived in the slum area of Masese, where Cheggem and her siblings regularly had to go without food, clean drinking water, or other basic necessities. During the day, Cheggem’s mother would travel to town to beg for food or money, leaving the children to fend for themselves in the slums.
In 2011, her mother pleaded with the Peace for Paul Foundation to offer Cheggem a safe place to learn and grow. Cheggem was welcomed into the Peace for Paul family and now attends a highly ranked private boarding school. She has dreams to one day become a teacher so she can teach children to read and write. Cheggem is a smiling and energetic child and she loves playing games and dancing.
In the eight year period that Cheggem lived with with the Peace for Paul Foundation, her mom again found love and remarried. Her new husband, Cheggem’s stepdad, is a kind and hard working man. He has helped Cheggem’s mom to rebuild her life and they now manage a small scale business together. PFP continues to support Cheggem with school fees and the expenses of living, but she now spends the holidays with her family in Masese The PFP social work team makes weekly visits to ensure Cheggem’s safety and well being in her new home.
Date of Birth: April 1, 2008
Place of birth: Masese, Uganda
What do you want to be when you grow up? I want to become a teacher
Why: So I can teach children how to read and write
What is your favorite color? Pink
What is your favorite food? Chips and chicken
What are your hobbies? Swimming, playing netball and dancing
What is your favorite subject in school? Math