2018

    Gloria’s Story

    “I was born in Moroto, Uganda as the youngest and only girl in the family. I lived there with my mother and father, my five brothers, and me. In Moroto, we were suffering from drought, hunger, and the war. We lived there until my father was speared and killed by rebels. I was still in my mother’s womb so I do not remember him. After this, my mother took us and we left Moroto for Jinja.

    We arrived but had nowhere to go so we were on the streets seeking food, help, and shelter. We were very poor and hungry but my mom and brothers tried hard to provide for us. To get money, my brothers collected maize (corn) and firewood but I remained at home, alone in the slums of Masese. My mother had many struggles. One day as she was digging in the maize field, her lip was bitten off by rebels. This was meant to scare her to leave. She could not work for some time as she recovered from this. Life was difficult and dangerous for us all.

    In 2009, my brother Bosco met Aunt Heidi as he was begging on the streets in Jinja. She promised to help him and after some time, my brother was very convincing and I was able to join him. Some time later, my brother Michael also came to live with us. Now we have all been studying and eating so well. Our life is so good in Peace for Paul. I worry about my mother, but I know if I work hard in school, I can help her someday. So I study so much and am in the top of my class.”

     

    Date of Birth: July 8, 2002

    Place of birth: Moroto, Uganda

    Q&A

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

    Why? I like to make sure that people are safe and happy

    What is your favorite color? Light blue

    What is your favorite food? Pizza

    What are your hobbies? Singing

    What is your favorite subject in school? History