Morine’s journey through primary school has not been an easy one and it had become even worse when her PLE results were back and there was no clear indication of continuing with school.
The 15-year old came close to an early marriage when the final help came from the director of King James secondary school who offered her full scholarship at his school.
Morine was born to the late Okello and the late Amony and she is now in care of her 40-year old paternal aunt g Anna.
Morine parents were both killed by the rebels in 2000, “after their death, my grandfather tried to cater for me but he became helpless until aunt Anna took me up, but she can also hardly help. It is the church that provides for us but it’s also fading away,” sadly mentioned Morine.
Morine has 2 siblings whom she doesn’t know where they are or who could be supporting them, she continues to be grateful to PLA for the support that they have renderer her in the past years of her school.
PLA started supporting Morine right from primary five to her completion of primary seven at Sir Samuel Joe primary school.
Morine held a number of responsibilities while at Sir Samuel Joe nursery and primary school and among this was her position as the head prefect at her school. Much as this position was competitive, she emerged the winner due to her discipline, performance in school and especially the leadership skills that she portrayed.
In her free time Morine loves to do a lot of things which are inclusive of time spent in church and playing handball.
“I love playing hand ball and singing, I also teach Sunday school children at our church in Ogena Christian church,” happily narrated Morine
As the results were lanched, Morine’s quest for funds for her secondary education started, she made several visits to PLA office, which in turn also made several follow ups with the owner of Guru Nana an industry that produces shea butter, who had promised to sponsor at least 3 of PLA primary seven beneficiaries.
There was no response to Morine’s request and time went by as other now Senior one students reported to school.
This depressed Morine so much that lead her to thinking of suicide, that she attempt twice, on hearing this, it provoked another search for a donor to support Morine in School.
During the counseling session, Morine shared that one of the reasons as to why she wanted to commit suicide was because she saw no future ahead of her with education and to make matters worse her guardian wanted to marry her off just so that she could have less mouth to feed and also gain something out of it.
This story was therefore shared with the director of King James secondary who felt touched and rendered full support to Morine. The support is inclusive of school uniform, full fees till university, scholastic materials, out of school clothes and pocket money.
PLA shall continue to psychological support Morine especially during the school holidays.
“It has been a tough time for me and I thank you for standing by me”, slowly shared Morine as she made the final departure to her new home and school.
Above is a picture showing PLA Administrative Volunteer after he had handed Morine some counter books and pens at King James Secondary School Lira
The administrative volunteer Odong was therefore able to take Morine to the school and she was left in the hands of the director of the school, who mentioned that Morine was now his daughter who he has vowed to take care of.Attachments: