Najjuma Irene

    2021

    Irene’s Story

    Prior to joining the PFP family, Irene lived with her mother, father and younger siblings in a slum area called Masese. Both of Irene’s parents were alcoholics who did not work. Instead they brewed local drinks for others to buy (and for themselves to drink). Irene tells of how evenings would often turn violent and her father would beat her mother. Her mother was in turn violent who abused Irene and her siblings. Irene and her siblings would often run away from home, and sleep on the streets or bon peoples verandahs. They would beg for money to buy food and other necessities. Irene’s mother, despite her alcoholism and violent behavior, said she did want the best for her children. She asked the PFP family to open its doors to Irene so she may have a better life. Irene was rescued when she was 5 years old and has been a part of our loving family since. Since 2011, when she joined the PFP family, her mother and father separated and the father forbade the younger siblings from ever seeing the mother as she had run away with another man. The young sisters of Irene were left vulnerable as they shared a one room mud hut with their alcoholic and drug addicted father. The younger girls joined the PFP family in 2020 and now Irene is able to grow up happy and healthy, with her two young sisters nearby. 

    Now that Irene is safe with Peace for Paul, she dreams of her education and future. She loves to play games with her friends and her favorite activity is swimming. On school holidays, Irene enjoys visits with her mother and father in a safe and controlled environment. 

    Date of Birth: August 5, 2005

    Place of birth: Masese, Uganda

    Q&A

    What do you want to be when you grow up? I want to become a nurse

    Why? I want to treat people because I don’t want to see them dying

    What is your favorite color? Grey

    What is your favorite food? Chips and chicken

    What are your hobbies? Swimming

    What is your favorite subject in school? Science

    Why do you feel that school is important? Because it will help me to achieve my goals


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