Lydia has never known her mother, and was only told by others that she died shortly after childbirth by an intentional poisoning. Lydia does not know where her father is, but says that sometimes he would show up and visit for a little while. She has been living with her grandmother her whole life, and would collect and sell firewood or dig gardens in a nearby village to get money for food and to pay for her own school fees.
Lydia said she used to participate in all activities of cooking and cleaning since her grandmother was too old to do these things. She would collect firewood and fetch water for some money. Sometimes she also attended school when she did not have to work. She would cook all food, wash clothes and clean the house and compound. It was very difficult work for her at such a young age but she did this all for survival.
Lydia adds that she received happiness when her photo was taken and she was asked if she would like to go to school by Brandi and Emma on their visit to Moroto. When she arrived at Peace Home in Jinja, she said she “realized my future will change and with that I am so happy for what has happened in my life within these periods and more to come.”
Date of Birth: August 15, 2004
Place of birth: Moroto, Uganda
What do you want to be when you grow up? I want to become a bank manager
Why? So that I can help manage people’s money and give loans
What is your favorite color? Blue
What is your favorite food? Chips and chicken
What are your hobbies? Dancing, playing netball and football, swimming and reading novels
What is your favorite subject in school? Science