Name of the caregiver: Sylvia Nafula Magara
Age of the guardian: 48 years
Name of the child: Solomon Mukhwana and Josphat Mulongo
Children Date of Birth: 27/12/2007
Jukumu to me means a safe secure learning enviroment where orphans are given equal opportunity to hostolic growth and development and supportive counselling for the whole family.
My name Sylvia Magara, I’m 48 years old a mother of 4 children of my own, and two total orphans that were left under my care by my late brother and his wife who succumbed to HIV/AIDS leaving eight orphans behind who were shared amongst all my siblings . after the burial of my brother, no family member was ready or willing to take care of the children because of poverty this prompted the family to share the children equally each of surviving brothers and sister was to take two children and take care of their basic needs despite having their own overwhelming financial difficulties, after a lengthy discussion which was associated with a lot of insensitive words for the bereaved family a conclusion was reached and that’s how I ended up having Solomon and Josphat in my family. It was not easy to see the family shattering and children who were still mourning bid each other goodbye, with heavy hearts not knowing when and if they will ever meet again , what awaited for them in their new families. The big elephant left on my shoulders was convincing my very difficult and financially burdened husband to allow the children live with us, when Informed him of my family’s verdict about the children he was very adamant about the idea, I went ahead and travelled with the children despite his negative attitude. Upon getting home he made it clear to me that he was not going to meet their expenses knowing well that am not able to work due to my health complication. The situation in my house worsened everyday as it got to a point where he stopped providing for his own children and they could sometimes go without food. The children were not attending school then due to lack of school fees. At that point I got really desperate, the only option that I had was taking this children to a children’s home, though I knew it was not the right thing to do that was the only way I could rest assured that they got the basics, I was lucky to secure a place after narrating to the manager my ordeal, I was a bit relieved as I knew the children could get food accommodation, shelter and education. The following day I went home prepared the children and took them to Huruma children’s home, I had previously lied to them they were going to a boarding school and they kept on asking why my children could not go to the same school with them, My heart was bleeding, I could tell they were suffering from separation anxiety, they had lost their parents in a span of less than two years, they had been separated from their siblings, they had started bonding with my children and they had to suddenly go away and start a new life, with total strangers at the age of six . I left the children in the new place after being assured that they were going to be o.k, deep inside I knew I was going to do my best to ensure that i get the children back despite my health situation I was determined to do everything to bring them back home .One year after their enrolment in the children’s home I went to talk to the owner of a certain school who agreed to sponsor the children fully, I was so happy that my dreams had come true and didn’t hesitate to go for the children from the children’s home the following day . i could see their faces shine upon learning that they were going back home and to a private day school, they were later enrolled in the school for two calendar terms, after which I was called by the school and informed that they were not in a position to sponsor the children anymore and I should get, an alternative school, I didn’t know what to tell the children, my adamant husband who had later accepted to have the children stay with our family on condition that he provides nothing but food and shelter. In my desperate and still wondering what to do with the children I went to the market to get some food for my children, that’s when I heard a certain lady talk about Jukumu and how the school had helped to take care of her grandchildren, I asked for the directions and the following day I went to the school, where I explained to the social worker the history of the children, A home assessment was done and the children were enrolled in the center in January 2015 upto date, since they joined Jukumu they are happier, their performance in class has improved, through counseling they have received from the centre they have come more emotionally stable and have come in-term with the loss of their parents and separation from their siblings, JUKUMU TO ME MEANS A SAFE SECURE LEARNING ENVIRONMENT WHERE ORPHANS ARE GIVEN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY TO HOLISTIC GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT AND SUPPORTIVE COUNSELLING FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY. THROUGH JUKUMU MY DREAMS OF STARTING MY OWN BUSINESS ARE ALMOST BEEING REALIZED, AS THEY ENCOURAGED ME TO START SAVING THE LITTLE MONEY THAT I HAVE THAT SHOULD AIM AT ECONOMICALLY SUPPORTING CHILDREN UNDER MY CARE.