Mpanga Derrick


    Derrick’s Story

    “I live with my younger brother Samuel and we are both under the care of our Grandfather Wagoma, aged 78.  We were abandoned by our parents when we were young and they ran away with our two young sisters.  Nobody knows their whereabouts.  Our grandfather is helpless.  He is unable to do work because of back problems and his old age.  We only survive on the kindness of neighbors and by doing some odd work like digging, fetching water for people and looking after animals in return for food and a little money that we use to buy books and pay school fees. Our grandfather has pleaded with the head teacher to allow us to study and in case he gets a bit of money, he brings it to school in payments for our fees.  During the holidays and evening hours from school, we do all the work we can to make money for school and food”.

    Now a part of the PFP Juniors program, Derrick attends a highly ranked primary school and no longer has to worry about his school fees being unpaid. He has big dreams to become a doctor someday so he can “make enough money and help support his family”.  While PFP supports him with education and medical expenses, Derrick continues to live with his grandfather, who he loves very much. His Jaja (grandpa) works hand in hand with PFP and is proud to play a role in supporting Derrick in being able to attend school. 


    Date of Birth: July 26, 2005

    What is your favorite subject in school? Science

    What do you want to be when you grow up? A Doctor

    What is your favorite color? Blue

    What is your favorite food? Rice and Meat

    What are your hobbies? Playing Football

    Why do you feel an education is important?  It will help me get a job