Before joining the PFP family, Sanyu and her two older sisters were living with her mother, who is HIV positive and very ill. Sanyu does not know who her father is. The local chairperson (LC) of the village in which Sanyu lived reported that the mother did not have a job, but that she received money from men who “visit her”. Since Sanyu’s mother had not been able to find employment to care for her family she turned to selling her body for money and taught her eldest daughter, Birungi to do the same. The mother and three children all lived in a one room mud hut, and the community had been concerned for the well being of Sanyu and her sister Sharifa because of the men that visited the house, and because of the physical abuse she endured at the hands of her mother. The responsibility of caring for the children had fallen in the hands of Sanyu’s eldest sister since the mother was unable and often unwilling to do so herself. Since the family did not have enough money to meet even their most basic needs, the children had not been able to attend school for lack of school fees and they often went without food and other basic necessities.
In 2016, Sanyu was determined to be HIV positive herself and has been welcomed into the home of our beloved PFP Doctor (Doctor Mufumba) for better HIV management. PFP covers all expenses of school and living, and the Mufumba family has adopted Sanyu as one of their own children and look after her with great love and tenderness. She is taking antiviral medications for HIV management and is as healthy as can be. Sanyu now attends a highly ranked private primary school and has big dreams to become a teacher in the future. Sanyu’s mom and her sister Birungi visit Sanyu often. Her sister Sharifa is a part of the PFP family too and they spend lots of time together. Sanyu is grateful for all of the love that surrounds her.
Date of Birth: January 13, 2014
Place of birth: Lower Navaa, Uganda
What do you want to be when you grow up? I want to become a teacher
Why? So that I can teach children
What is your favorite color? Pink
What is your favorite food? Rice and chicken
What are your hobbies? Playing with dolls and sweeping
What is your favorite school subject? English