Juma was born in the slums of Masese to an uneducated and unemployed mother and father. He does not remember his father or know if he is alive. When Juma was living in the slums, he would sometimes be able to attend school. Food was very unstable and “some days we didn’t have food and other days we would get one meal.” His mother did her best to care for him, but she was not able to offer even the most basic necessities for Juma. He often fell sick and his mother worried for his future.
In 2011, Juma was welcomed home to the safety and stability of The Peace for Paul family. He now attends a highly ranked private boarding school and when not studying, he enjoys playing football and basketball with his friends.
In the 7 years that Juma had lived at The Peace for Paul home, his mom stayed involved in his life. She visited him often and did her best to rise up out of the poverty she had been in. Her goal had always been to welcome Juma back home. She learned how to create beautiful hand rolled paper bead jewelry and she became a part of PFP’s Bulungi Beads project. Through the sales of her product, she earned enough to send her eldest son to school and to renovate her hut to include a room for Juma.
In 2019, Juma’s mom welcomed Juma back home. PFP continues to support him with education and medical related expenses, but during school holidays he spends time with his family in Masese. The PFP social worker makes weekly home visits to ensure Juma’s safety and well being. He loves spending time with his mom and is grateful for the love that surrounds him.
Date of Birth: August 19, 2005
Place of birth: Masese, Uganda
What do you want to be when you grow up? I want to become a pilot
Why? Because I want to control the planes in the sky and support my relatives
What is your favorite color? Red and green
What is your favorite food? Chips and chicken
What are your hobbies? Playing football and basketball
What is your favorite school subject? Social Studies