Before joining the PFP family, Ochola lived with both his mother and father in the slum-town of Masese. Both of his parents are uneducated and unemployed. His mother is deaf and without any resources, struggles in her every day life. Disabilities are not understood in Uganda and communication and socialization are difficult for her. She tried to help support her family by visiting the rubbish bins very early in the morning to bring home other people’s scraps for her family to eat. Ochola’s father helped to support his family by cutting grass and making brooms to sell for about 20 cents US per one.
The family was unable to meet Ochola’s most basic needs, let alone send him to school. They reached out to PFP and asked that we help their son to go to school and obtain an education.
Ochola now attends a highly ranked private boarding school and wants to become a soldier one day so he can “keep peace in his country”. During school holidays, Ochola returns to Masese to spend time with his mother and father. His dad continues selling brooms and his mom cultivates a small garden near their home as a means of income. PFP continues to support Ochola with education and medical related expenses and the PFP social worker makes near daily home visits to follow up to ensure his safety and well being. Ochola enjoys spending time with his family and is grateful for all of the love that surrounds him.
Date of Birth: August 16, 2008
Place of birth: Masese, Uganda
What do you want to be when you grow up? I want to become a soldier
Why? I want help keep the peace in my country and in the world
What is your favorite color? Red
What is your favorite food? Chicken and chips
What are your hobbies? Playing football
What is your favorite subject in school? Math