Najjuma Irene

    Irene’s Story

    Prior to joining the PFP family, Irene lived with her mother, father and younger siblings in a slum area called Masese. Due to addiction and safety related issues, Irene and her siblings often had to sleep on the streets to avoid conflict. Eventually Irene’s mother asked a PFP social worker to take her to a safer environment so that Irene could have a better life. Irene joined PFP when she was just five years old.

    Since 2011, when she joined the PFP family, her mother and father separated and her father forbade the younger siblings from seeing the mother for a long period. The young sisters of Irene were left in a particularly vulnerable and unsafe situation. In 2020 Irene’s younger siblings joined the PFP family and now Irene is able to flourish with her two sisters nearby. 

    Irene and her sisters now have the opportunity to attend boarding school and study together. Irene dreams of a bright future. She knows that education can help achieve those dreams. During school holidays the girl’s mother and father are welcome to visit their children and the family is working on rebuilding ties. Nuru is looking forward to her future with hope and loves visiting with her mom and dad in a controlled and safe environment.

    Date of Birth: August 5, 2005

    Place of birth: Masese, Uganda

    Siblings in the PFP Program: Nuru Nakijoba and Nakitende Ketty


    What do you want to be when you grow up? I want to become a fashion designer.

    Why? I love dressing well and seeing people when they are well dressed. I also love decorating for parties.

    What is your favorite color? Grey and black

    What is your favorite food? Chips and chicken

    What are your hobbies? Swimming, watching TV and playing with dolls.

    What is your favorite subject in school? Fine Art and English