Rachel was born and raised in the Masese slum, just outside of Jinja Uganda. While financially life was always difficult for the family, Rachel found love and support in her mother, Naru.
Naru did her best to care for her family and through her beadwork and sales to tourists, she was able to send Rachel to school for a few terms. However, she was not able to raise the school fees required for her to attend regularly and Rachel was often chased from the school. Despite the struggles to pay fees and to find enough food to eat, Rachel always valued education and did her best to succeed. In Rachel’s own words:
“My name is Nakijoba Rachel. Because my mom is a Karamojong by tribe, I was abused and teased and others would always tell me that I will never learn. My mother did her best to pay my school fees, but we never had enough and I was usually chased from school before exams. When I did sit for exams I was always in the top 8. My mother encourages me to do my best and to keep trying. I am willing to learn until the end and I pray to God to help me connect with other people to be a good person in the future”.
Through the profits that Bulungi Beads makes selling Naru’s products, Rachel will have a scholarship to attend school and will be able to look toward her future with HOPE.
Date of Birth: October 11, 2009
What is your favorite subject in school? English
What do you want to be when you grow up? A lawyer
Why? To judge bad people who commit crimes against innocent people and to keep innocent people safe.
Why do you want to go to school? When you learn you will get what you want in life. You may even be able to help your parents.
What is your favorite color? Blue
What is your favorite food? Bananas
What are your hobbies? Being with my friends