This is the story of Nakaija Harriet, who is one of our children at Children of Kagadi Village Charity Organization who is in need of a sponsor. The sponsorships ($30USD/month) help to provide food, education, and gives the child a sense that there is someone that believes in them and their future. Sponsors will receive pictures and updates on their child regularly. It is more than just a sponsorship, it is investing in the life of a child who might otherwise not have an opportunity at education and the means to provide themselves with a brighter future not only for themselves, but for their family as well.
This is Nakaija Harriet’s story…
“I was born in the Kagadi Government Hospital and I have a younger brother
called Mugisa Swilzen. I am 8 years old and in primary three school. My dad had
HIV/AIDS; his disease got really serious and six months ago he passed. My mom
and I could be affected by this disease but we are not sure- we simply know it is
horrible and there is not much in the way of a cure. My mother applied and was
granted a teaching job at Light Primary School, but her salary was barely enough
to allow her to take care of us and our aunts. She worked there for over two years
and all things were going as good as they could. I was also enjoying my education
at Kagadi Parents Primary School. Then, in the beginning of 2014, my mother
started showing signs of the HIV/AIDS disease- dangerous signs like skin
rashes, continuous malaria, and when the situation got worse she was admitted
to Kagadi Government Hospital because our family couldn’t afford any of the
medical treatments that were needed.
I had to drop out of school and join my aunt to help take care of my mum.
By mid-March, mum started to feel better and she was very ashamed to see
her young daughter taking care of her doing things like making juice, washing
clothes, and cleaning utensils, when I should have been in school. The local
government was visiting parents with HIV/AIDS in our community and teaching
them how to take care of children when you have HIV/AIDS. When they came to
our house, my mom wouldn’t hear anything but rather talked to them and asked
them to take me to the local church where I could get help for my education, housing,
and fed while learning about the word of God.
I lived with Pastor John at the Oasis of Hope Church for 5 months when he learned
of an organization in Kagadi that helps children with school payments, feeding,
clothing and even shelters a few. He saw this as an opportunity for me to join with
other children who are having the same difficulties in their lives and great hope
for a bright change in my life! That next Saturday, we went and met with the
Director and CEO at Children of Kagadi Village Charity Organization to see if there
was a way for me to be accepted into their programs. The meeting went on for about
3 hours, sharing all the organization has to offer and the support I can get from it.
I had already learned that the Bible says God will answer your prayers if you continue
praying and to never give up praying and keeping hope. My prayers have now been
answered by a man of God, Bacwa Dan– I am able to enjoy life knowing I have
education and care.
One month later, the Director of Children of Kagadi Village Charity Organization
went and talked with my mom. I am not sure what he said, but this man
moved mountains and more of my prayers have been answered as my mom
welcomed me back again as her child.
When I grow up, I would like to be a teacher and educate all children
by sharing my knowledge and offering them support, like the kind
I have been given.”
If you would like to sponsor Nakaija, or more children like Nakaija, please click on the link below or visit our Facebook page for more information:
“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” 1 Corinthians 13:13