In order to tell Sylvia's story, one must first understand the circumstances that her single father battled while raising 12 children. His first four children were born of his first wife, whom he loved dearly. When she passed away, he was left alone in care of four young souls who he desperately wanted to be able to go to school.
Brenda has been a CARITAS child nearly all of her life. With the help of her previous sponsor, she was able to finish Primary and Secondary School, where her favorite subject quickly became Math.
This week, we are shedding the spotlight on a 14-year-old student from Nkokonjeru, Uganda named Victoria Vision who is seeking someone to support the remainder of her Secondary-level education. Having been previously sponsored through CARITAS, she was able to complete Primary School and reach the second year of Secondary School (equivalent to sophomore year of high school in the U.S.). During her first two years at Secondary School, she discovered that her favorite subject is Chemistry, and decided that she would like to become a midwife who helps poor mothers who don't have the access to a proper hospital. Unfortunately, Victoria's previous sponsor is no longer available and so she has no-one to provide support to continue her education and achieve her dream.
In Uganda, families band together in times of strife. The child we are featuring this week, a young and optimistic 18-year old from Uganda, lost both of her parents to HIV/AIDS-related sickness when she was six years old. She was immediately taken in by her maternal grandmother, who eventually became too old to care for her. Maria has been living with her maternal uncle and her maternal aunt has helped pay some of the school bills but has a low-income job so could not afford the entire payment. Regardless of her inability to pay for school, Maria's aunt kept her housed, fed and safe, a miraculous feat that was only made possible by the help of other extended family members like her uncle.
At CARITAS, we hear many stories. The Field Coordinators at each of our locations are constantly providing daily updates that pertain to the status of our programs, as well as any special-need cases among the students. We approach each story that crosses our desks with care, drawing confidence from past experience with students that completed our program and raised themselves up out of disadvantaged life circumstances. And, although we know there are many who still need our help, we have faith that the optimistic stories of our successful children will reverberate notions of hope and perseverance through the communities in which we serve.
Esther( age 13) and Allen (age 13)
The least of our brothers and sisters are not always the smallest or youngest. Sometimes they are teens.
When looking to sponsor it is easy to be drawn to the young children. Young children (age 12 or younger) in general are sponsored much faster. This leaves many teens waiting, and waiting and waiting.
Dear Caritas Friends and Sponsors,
It gives us great pleasure to share a message we received this week (see below) from our Chief Coordinator and Technical Director in Uganda, which confirms all school funding for the Second Term is in place and all of our sponsored children are in school!
From: kkonde joseph
Sent: Monday, June 26, 2017 2:14 PM
To: Chris Hoar <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: The funding for Second Term has arrived and the children are happy in school....thank you...