Apaita’s Story

    I was born in the slums outside of Jinja, Uganda. My father died when I was young so I do not remember him well. I only remember that he caused a lot of violence to my mother and being a child, I was not happy with this. Three of my siblings died all in a short time. After the death of my last-born sister, my mother became so sad and left her other children.  We used to go barefoot, wear torn clothes and eat posho and beans when food was around. When it was not, I would go to town to beg for food or money so that I could eat. We would be happy to have one meal each day. We would all sleep in a small room on the dirt floors.

    One day, when I was at home Aunt Heidi and Aunt Hillary helped me. They took me to the doctor to get healthy and then I went to school at Musana. Here, I revealed to them my talents while at school and I happened to be among the best in my class. I love school so much and am so happy with my life now.

    Date of Birth: June 14, 2003

    Place of birth: Masese, Uganda


    What do you want to be when you grow up? A pilot

    Why? Because I would love to be able to see and explore the world

    What is your favorite color? Red

    What is your favorite food? Tuna sandwich

    What are your hobbies? Listening to music, swimming and playing football

    What is your favorite subject in school? Math