Longoli Lydia

    2024

    Lydia’s Story

    “I lost my mother shortly after she gave birth to me. I was raised as an orphan because my dad’s whereabouts were not known until of recent when my auntie introduced him to me during Covid time. I was told by my aunt (my mother’s sister) that after the death of my mother, I was brought to live with her as I needed breastmilk and this kind woman had a baby very close to my age who she was nursing. My grandmother and aunt co-raised me until I was 18 months old. My aunt then gave me to my grandmother who took care of me on her own for a time. They had no money for feeding or keeping me, though they loved me very much.

    As a young girl, I was responsible for all the cooking and cleaning since my grandmother was too old to do these things. I would collect firewood and fetch water for some money. It was very difficult work for me at such a young age but I did this all for survival and I was happy to contribute to my grandmother’s welfare as well as my own.

    In 2011, Peace for Paul gave me the opportunity to attend school. I realized my future would change and with that I am so happy for what has happened in my life within these periods and more to come.”

    Lydia now attends a highly ranked secondary boarding school and has big dreams to become a successful bank manager in the future. During school holidays, Lydia travels back to Northern Uganda to learn about and be a part of her culture. She stays with her auntie (the same one who breastfed her as a baby) and has a strong connection with this aunt as well as her cousin, who she considers to be her sister. Lydia also enjoys spending time with her grandmother during holidays and does her best to help her as much as she is able.

    Date of Birth: August 15, 2004

    Place of birth: Moroto, Uganda

    Q&A

    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? Christian Religious Education


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