A mother and her child by Rayo
She got a job on a farm which paid 1,500 Ug. Shs (less than 1 dollar) a day. With that and the proceeds from the petty trading of jack fruits, she manages to keep her 7 children from starving. But having them exist is not enough for her. As a mother, she wants them to live; to have a better life than she has.
The Nabitende Sustainable Integrated Fruit Growing and Community Agro Forestry Project by EFORDE has rekindled her hope of a good life for her children. As a beneficiary, she will be able to make enough income from the farming business to educate her children. But only if we help to make that a reality for her. Then she can spare her children, especially Balikowa the burden of being a breadwinner at an early age and ensure he doesn’t lose his childhood.
Balikowa Isma, her son is just 12yrs old but has already endured challenges no child should have to face. When at the age of 4 his father died, he saw his mom struggle and labour hard to feed him and his siblings. As soon as he could, he got a job working on a farm for one and half hours every day, and earning 1,000 Ug. Shs (just slightly more than 50cents) a week, to assist his mom. Out of the 1,000 Ug. Shs, he saves 300 and uses the remaining 700 to buy books and other essentials.
Because of the Government’s Free Primary Education policy, Balikowa is able to go to school and is right now in Primary 5. But his dream is to go much further than that. That dream right now depends on us.
Despite all he has seen and gone through so early in life, Balikowa has not lost his enthusiasm for life. The least we can do is to give him reason to be grateful for not losing it and to prove to mother and child that dreams can come true.