May 21, 2014
May 16, 2014
Rosemary Abbo Wendo
I'm a born of Achilet village in Tororo district found in one of the smallest land locked countries,Uganda, found in the Eastern part of Africa. Iam the first born of a family of six.My daddy died when I was eleven(11)years old in 1986 waiting for my Primary leaving Examination results to join secondary school and the last born was 2 years old.Both my parents were primary school teachers.
After my daddy's death, the future was doomed, he was the main bread winner because my mother was a class room teacher and my dad was a head teacher but in different schools.
How shall we survive leave alone study? was the question that I would ask my mother, and this would send her wailing.My mother's income could not sustain us. I decided at once and rezorted to making waragi(a local gin in Uganda,where frsh cassava is fermented and brewed into a porridge-like brown concoction which is distilled into waragi,the local gin) for sale.
We would sell thus gin and get all our necessities including paying school fees for all of us.When I completed secondry education, I went to a college and studied Accountancy(Diploma) for 2 years,still on gin money but at this point our college was christian founded and some times it would host so many activities, this gave me an opportunity to help in some of them and get some payment too to supplement my gin Income. Immediately I completed my study, I got employed in one of the best contruction companies in Uganda, so making the gin became difficult as I was employed far from home and on a full time basis. Here I worked from Monday to Monday trying to get all the 100% overtime to top up with my salary to make ends meet for all the 6 of us.
At this point al my siblings were in secondary schools and their needs more than trippled. A priest from the US came to visit our church, the parish priest narrated to him our history and he offered to give us some help, so with my little income we managed to go through the hard ships.
At this jucture, I knew no man would take me with all my problems,too many siblings including a mother, to take care of. But luckily enough , I got an understanding man who understood my problems and I accepted to marry him.
My brothers and sisters joined higher institutions of learning and now with the help of my husband we managed to push them through. When they completed, I also enrolled for evening classes for a bachelors course(BBA), It was a trying moment for me because; I had to continue supporting the family, I had my own family, I was working and married,I thank God for the supportive husband that I have because he took charge of most of the home cores for he wanted me to study, paid my tuition and all that I needed in campus.
I lost some relatives to HIV AIDS among others and they left some helpless children and there also some very capable children that but the parents are too poor to take them to school, so small time I squeeze what we have to help them, but for sure there is a lot to do and help these needy children. I have tried to get help for some children but in vain.But Iam hopeful that one day some thing will happen.