Hi. My name is Ali Mukasa. I am thirteen years old. My brother Abu is ten, Victor is nine and my little sister Maria is seven. I live in the village with my grandmother, sisters, and brother. During the holiday when I am at the village people hire brothers and me to help dig in their garden and field, and my family and the people in our village help me when I need something. Sometimes it gets too hot, but we still have to work. We have each other and look out for other children on the village. Always, I play the role of a father in house. My grandmother and siblings look up to me. I always tell them everything will be okay. I am also very grateful for Grandma Amina and the white people who bring clothes, shoes, and cookies from the city whenever they visit.
On my own I have been learning how to read, and I am teaching my sister and brothers. I am now thankful to be going to the Circle of Peace School to learn more and have a proper education. I am very grateful for your help, and I promise to do my best in school. Education is something I have always wanted. I know that with an education I will be able to fulfill my dreams. My dream is that when I grow up, I will be a businessman and open a big business in my village. That way, no one in my village will have to worry about not earning enough money and starving.
Note: Circle of Peace School is a private school serving orphans and other children unable to afford the costs of attending public schools. As such, it receives no funding from public resources. Located in a suburb of Uganda’s capital city Kampala, the school is in a highly urban setting and must pay for water and sanitation services as well as teacher salaries and facilities. School Supplies include a school uniform, other clothing (underwear and after school clothing), hygiene items (soap, toothpaste, laundry soap, haircuts, etc) medical care, transportation, and entertainment (sports equipment, musical instruments). Educational materials include text books, lights for studying at night, pencils, paper, etc. Room and board includes bedding, three meals a day seven days a week, and 24/7 adult supervision.
08 JUN 2011