William lives with his mother Oliver, and his three sisters in Mbikko, Uganda. His father abandoned the family in 2008 after meeting another woman. This same woman convinced Williams father to take a loan from the bank, which he failed to pay back. When he tried to sell the house that William and his family lived in, his mother refused. After her refusal to sell the family’s home, William’s father became so angry that he stopped feeding, educating and caring for his family and has since disappeared. Since his disappearance, Oliver has tried her best to support her family and works for neighbors washing clothes, tailoring and babysitting. Unfortunately, the income from this work has not been enough to send her children to school past primary level and the two eldest girls have dropped out. William was often chased from school due to failure to pay school fees.
Now a part of the PFP Juniors program, William attends a highly ranked primary school and has big dreams to become an engineer, so he can “get money to help his mother”. While PFP supports William with education and medical costs, he continues to live with his mother and loves her so much.
Date of Birth: February 12, 2004
What is your favorite subject in school? Science
What do you want to be when you grow up? An Engineer
Why? To get money to help my mother
Why do you want to go to school? To learn
What is your favorite color? Grey
What is your favorite food? Chicken and Chips
What are your hobbies? Football (soccer)