Sandra 2011 to 2014
In 2011, I travelled to Katulikire for the first time. A met a group of students who sang for me for four hours, and I learned their names. Among them was Sandra. She was the youngest but full of self confidence. There were probably 15-20 children in the group, and at age four she was brave enough to sing a solo.
When I was there, I promised myself that we would ensure every child in the group received a net. After I left Uganda, we contniued to fundraise and were eventually able to provide nets to Bweyale Primary School, the public school Sandra was supposed to attend. Our volunteers looked for her, but she was not there. I worried that she had fallen ill or had never started school. We next returned to Katulikire Primary School, perhaps she instead attended this nearby school. Sandra was not there.
When I returned to Uganda in 2014, I visited St. Monica Primary School. The school costs students $17 a semester. Parents send their children to St. Monica to have class sizes of 20 instead of 120 at the nearby public schools. I visited St. Monica during my stay, and Sandra was there.
She has benefitted from our work in Uganda and now sleeps under a net. Sandra is not just staying healthy and in school, but she is studying very hard. She is the first ranked student in her second grade class. Pictured not in uniform because she came to school to study on her day off! She remains self-confident. I am sure that if she can stay in school, she will do great things. Children like Sandra are the future of Uganda.
Thank you for helping children like Sandra and making NETwork Against Malaria possible.