At the age of 8, Rose was abducted by the LRA in northern Uganda, and proceeded to spend the next 16 years of her life in captivity as a wife of the infamous Joseph Kony.
After weeks in a reception centre following her capture by the UPDF in 2009, Rose joined ChildVoice's third class of students at the Lukome Centre...
Today, Rose sits on a wooden stool in a tiny brick room, smiling as she drops rolls of dough into a boiling pot of oil.
Following her graduation in 2010, the mother of two was one of several girls to receive a microloan. She repeatedly remarked how thankful she was that ChildVoice gave her the skills to help her stand on her own two feet.
"I can’t describe how much it meant to not have to beg for money to send my children to school."
Nearly a year and a half later, Rose has payed off her loan and accepted a job with a small bakery in Gulu District. She bakes over 1,000 doughnuts a day, selling a dozen for 1,200 shillings (approximately 50 cents).
In a recent interview, Rose shared her hopes to save up enough money to purchase a hut of her own and apply for another loan to buy an oven for herself so she can begin to sustain her own business.
At the ripe age of 24, Rose has faced far greater challenges in life than many of us could ever imagine. And though those challenges may continue, she is now equipped with the faith, determination, and skill set to push through whatever comes her way.
We thank you, the donors, for your unwaivering support to girls like Rose. It is our hope to be able to extend this opportunity to many more of her fellow ChildVoice graduates so that they, too, may find success in providing for themselves and their families.