Lochoro Kemi

    2024

    Kemi’s Story

    Kemi became an orphan when he was just a few years old. He does not know how his parents died, just that he found himself all alone when he was only a toddler. After the death of both of his parents, an uncle came for him and promised to bring him to Jinja (a larger city) to attend school and care for him. His uncle did not keep his word and this environment became increasingly unsafe.

    In order to save himself, Kemi ran away and began living on the street both day and night for five years. Kemi resorted to any means possible to find food and survive. He found himself in very unsafe situations and found ways to numb his pain. As a result of this difficult life, Kemi began to fall sick and his health deteriorated. He started to lose hope for his life and for his future.

    In May of 2021, Kemi was one of 6 young children who were found living on the streets of Jinja and who volunteered to play a role in the PFP video filming project. When he was found by the PFP team, Kemi was close to death as he had a case of very advanced malaria which he had no hope of treating. He was not able to stand, to speak or to take in any food or water without vomiting. Before taking part in the video, Kemi was given full treatment, support and love. He made a full recovery and by day three was able to eat, drink and laugh again. As it soon became clear that Kemi had a desire to return to school and to get off of the street, PFP helped to make that dream a reality. 

    Kemi has now been welcomed into PFP’s Main Program. He is able to attend a highly rated boarding school. During school holidays, Kemi will reside at PFP’s Hope Home while we search for a safe and loving family member that he may be reunited with. Should we not be able to find a safe place for him, Kemi will have a home with us at PFP’s Hope Home for boys. Kemi will now look toward his future with hope and the goal will remain to see him find joy in life and be empowered to rise up out of the poverty he was born into.

    Date of Birth: December 23, 2010

    Place of Birth: Moroto Uganda

    Q&A

    What do you want to be when you grow up? I want to become a secondary school teacher

    Why? I love teaching and I love children

    What is your favorite color? Red 

    What is your favorite food? Rice and meat

    What is your favorite thing to do?  I love playing football (soccer), swimming and watching movies.

    What is your favorite subject in school? Math and Science

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