Adengo from domestic work to becoming a professional tailor.
She is a 20 year old former child domestic worker who was brought from Soroti District of Eastern Uganda to work in Nsambya Military Police barracks in Kampala the capital city of Uganda. She narrates that her life as a child domestic worker was full of misery. She did all the house work by herself that included, cleaning the house, washing utensils, clothes of all household members and cooking all meals. She never had any time to rest and would be tired all the time. ‘I sleep late and wake up very early to do house work’ she narrated during her first interview. She says she was never paid for her services by the employer. Her life was a misery and she had lost hope for a better life since she was not receiving any monthly wages. She had thought of running away from her employers and hook up with any man that would take her as a wife as long as he could provide her with basic needs. Through Platform for Labour Action’s Child Exploitation Programme, she was identified, and immediately rescued her from her exploitative labour condition when she was 17 years old in 2012. After being provided psychosocial support by Platform for Labour Action, expressed interest in going back to school to study tailoring. She was enrolled at Nile vocational Institute in 2012 in Jinja District where she offered the Tailoring course. and successfully graduated in 2013.
After her graduation, PLA resettled her back at her home in Soroti as she looked for a better paying job related to what she had studied. A friend later connected her to a tailoring workshop in Kampala at City Complex where she tailors bed sheets, pillow covers and other clothes. This job earns her one hundred and fifty thousand shillings (150,000/=) a month. She mentions that;
“I am very happy to get a professional paying job in Kampala…my life has now improved for the better, I live independently and I am able to afford my basic needs such as food and shelter and send some money to my parents in the village. I am currently saving to purchase my own tailoring machine…I thank PLA and the donors for enabling me acquire skills and for making me become a professional tailor!’
13 years old Obii has been promoted to primary seven 7 in Omito Primary School, she was born to the late Omara and Akot their father died in 2002 and left her 15 year old bother in charge of the now family of 4.
Obii is in a child headed family.
Despite the hardships associated with child headed families, her dream is to become a nurse and science is her best and favorite subject.
“I love going to school because I get to learn new things and also meet my friends”, shared Obii
Obii’s brother Nelson was trained by a certain Organization welt hanger on how to make charcoal stove, this is what the family is now depending on for survival, “my brother makes the stove and after selling them, that’s when we can have money and get food to eat, but the main challenge is that he never has more money to buy materials to make more charcoal stove since all the money is always finished in buying home necessities, that’s when he starts to beg again for us to have something to eat”, narrated Obii.
Obii`s other brother and sister are not in school because there is hardly money to take care of them so all they do is play at home with assistance from well-wishers for survival.
Obii hopes to one day complete school and support her family as she is the only who was lucky enough to get scholarship.
“I will help my young ones and also support my elder brother when I finish school, I am their only hope” mentioned Obii.
Obii is happy for the support that she continues to get from the donors and she says she will continue to pray so that God will provide through them.
14 years old Monika studies in primary six at Lira primary school. Monika is born to the late Caroline and Oyuku who passed on in 2009 and 2013; she was left in the care of her maternal aunty Gloria who tries to give her basic needs to her capacity
Monika wakes up at 5:00am to clean the house, wash the utensils and put the food on the fire, after which she gets ready for school by 6:30am, while at school Monika starts to revise her books as she waits for the teachers and also interacts with some of her friends like Fatuma and Alice.
“When I get to school, I find my friends who we share with what happened at home, I enjoy their stories as they always have interesting things to say, they all stay with both their parents,” shared Monika.
Monika may not be mistreated at home, but she doesn’t get the same attention as she would get from her own parents.
“My aunty has a lot of responsibilities and her husband doesn’t help her in paying school fees, that’s why I get sent away from school because of unpaid dues, it’s because of this that I got the scholarship from PLA,” explained Monika.
In her midterm examination, Monika managed to score in the 65th position out of 178 pupils in her class.
Monika`s best subject is mathematics, she has reported that the subject is getting harder for her and was advised to seek more assistance from her teachers, to revise her notes and to have a reading timetable .Monika aspires to become an accountant and to work in a bank.
To PLA and the Donors, Monika remains thankfully but also continues to pray that she will get funding that will help her finalize primary education as her aunt is unable to support her.