Henry Kagugube’s StoryA single father, raising two children with Albinism alongside four others

Christmas day celebrations, for Mr. Henry Kagugube have been uneventful since 2009. During that year, Mr. Kagugube lost his wife and mother to his 6 children, 2 of whom are children with Albinism. That fateful Christmas morning, Mr. Kagugube watched his wife breathe her last, to cancer while the world celebrated Christ’s birth. Under normal circumstances and as dictated by society, he could have fled and abandoned his children, but he did not.

As a single parent, a single father at that, Mr. Kagugube worked tooth and nail to fend for his family. The society despised him for having children with Albinism. He often got derogatory comments like ‘’he also thinks he has child

Christmas day celebrations, for Mr. Henry Kagugube have been uneventful since 2009. During that year, Mr. Kagugube lost his wife and mother to his 6 children, 2 of whom are children with Albinism. That fateful Christmas morning, Mr. Kagugube watched his wife breathe her last, to cancer while the world celebrated Christ’s birth. Under normal circumstances and as dictated by society, he could have fled and abandoned his children, but he did not.

As a single parent, a single father at that, Mr. Kagugube worked tooth and nail to fend for his family. The society despised him for having children with Albinism. He often got derogatory comments like ‘’he also thinks he has children.” Other members of the society reasoned that he should have left the two children (Christine Nabukenya and Kagugube Samuel) at the hospital at which they were delivered.

“ECM has been with me ever since these children were born. Christine is now in S.4 and Samuel S.2. These two have attended good schools since nursery, all because of ECM.” Says Mr. Kagugube.

ren.” Other members of the society reasoned that he should have left the two children (Christine Nabukenya and Kagugube Samuel) at the hospital at which they were delivered.

“ECM has been with me ever since these children were born. Christine is now in S.4 and Samuel S.2. These two have attended good schools since nursery, all because of ECM.” Says Mr. Kagugube.

To enable him provide for his family and sustain their livelihood, Mr. Kagugube was given start-up capital for a poultry project. He says “I chose to do poultry because it is what I do best, and the only thing I know how to do” The poultry project has catered for the protein needs of the family, as well as enabled them meet daily needs.

He says that he previously used to work with Ugachick, a company that deals in dressed chicken, but now he resigned and is home running his own project.

At the moment he boasts of 400 birds. He wants to expand the project to accommodate more birds. Each day the family gets a tray of eggs containing 30 eggs from the 200 layers.

“ECM has given us a hope. We are now able to move with our heads high. Even the clan segregated us,” he says. Ever since he got Albino children, kagugube says he stopped associating with his other family as it is seen as an abomination to have Albino children.

As narrated by Christine Nabukenya.                                                                                    

ECM has taught us a lot of things. I was so scared to face the world. Now I can stand and talk, and preach to my fellow kids. Thanks to the Saturday clubs, I now know how to pray.

When I was in Primary 1, my class had only 4 children but I was always in the 4th position. I was shy, and I never even consulted the teachers. In Primary 2, I went to a better school where ECM has been sponsoring me since then. ECM boosted my esteem. ECM has opened doors for my brother and I. We have gone to places, including the parliament of Uganda.

ECM has made me believe in myself that I am also human. At school, I am registered among the best performers. I have made a lot of friends, I have learnt tailoring, dances etc.

I have acquired leadership skills due to ECM’s influence in my life. I am now a Sunday school teacher at my church; Oasis of Hope Worship Center.

*Christine is passionate about fashion and design, although she wants to become a law professor in the future.*

“ECM has given us a hope. We are now able to move with our heads high. Even the clan segregated us,” he says. Ever since he got Albino children, Kagugube says he stopped associating with his other family as it is seen as an abomination to have Albino children

ECM has made me believe in myself that I am also human. At school, I am registered among the best performers. I have made a lot of friends, I have learnt tailoring, dances etc.

I have acquired leadership skills due to ECM’s influence in my life. I am now a Sunday school teacher at my church; Oasis of Hope Worship Center

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