We’re in Uganda, my sixth time. We asked the kids today to write stories about themselves we could share with the world. Here are some bites.
My name is Kagame Ivan, I am 15 years old and getting 16 years soon on 16th December….I want you to know that before I came to this project in 2004, I was very shabby and not able to read and write, I never had anything to eat and dress. You have brought an ebullient life to me. I really thank you very much….I want I should be able to finish all my school classes and be educated in my life. I don’t get happy if I don’t finish my school. I won’t be able to be a business man so that I can help the needy. I also want to be able to visit, pick and hug you all. In God’s grace I hope all that will happen.
My name is Ingabire Phionah. I am 18 years old. Nikibasika has been a home I had lost back in the days. It has given me hope for the future. I now have much belief that it is possible for me to be happy after many years of suffering at the hands of a scary world where there was nothing like hope for me, no one to hold onto. Bu am happy today to say that Nikibasika has changed all that and now I look forward to better things in life. …. My dreams in life are to be able to help the needy like the street kids who don’t have hope of life. I would like to see them happy and smile at me…. I want to be a business lady who is known for my generosity as a sign of giving back to the community, just like what Canadians do for me.
I am Dan Enock. Thirteen years old, I am a primary seven leaver. I finished my Primary leaving examinations and am soon joining secondary. Nikibasika means the story of my life. That is whereby I was an orphan that I had nothing to wear, my parents were dead, I had a project called Nikibasika that is helping the orphans…. My favourite story about me is when I had not yet been brought to Nikibasika I used to help my parentes when they were still alive by washing the plates, cleaning the compound and fetching water for washing and cooking. Another thing I like is to share things with my brothers and sisters and other children. … I would like Canadians to know the time I was brought to Nikibasika I had a talent of dancing, singing and playing soccer…. My dreams are to become an engineer in my life so I can be an important person. My best friends in my life are the Canadians.
My name is Atusimiire Britah. I am 16 years old…. my favourite story about myself is when I was contesting to become the entertainment prefect at school. I was told to sample the students in front of everyone. I was helped by my friends and danced for them. Later on, voting was done and guess what, I was on too much pressure, but I won my opponent and became the entertainment prefect. I then realized it is is possible. I was so excited. … My dreams are to become a lawyer. I would also love to start up a children’s home and help those who are helpless. I also want Nikibasika to shine all over the world and to help my family back at home.
**Am Karangwa Andrew 17 years old…. One time I was seated under the shade at school thinking of how one time in future I will be looking like. I put myself in the shoes of Journalist. I immediately stood up and tried to interview my fellow friends who had come to talk to me. They asked me whether I was daydreaming or had suddenly run crazy. I didn’t provoke them neither did they annoy me. I told them that I had become a journalist and they were to start looking for what to be because I am already doing my part. After some time we moved away from there because we were going for a lesson.