Mariam Nakafu’s Story

In 2008, Mariam was 10 years old, leaving with her mother and grandmother in Gayaza, Wakiso district. Mariam’s mother was disabled, leaving her very aged grandmother as a sole breadwinner.  Mariam had lost her father in 2006.

According to Allen, the Coordinator Gayaza Hope centre, Mariam Nakafu was registered under the ECM Child Sponsorship program as an orphan.

Even though aged, the grandmother did her best to provide basic needs for her daughter and granddaughter.

In Primary 4, Mariam joined the family of ECM sponsored children and her life did not remain the same. She was hardworking throughout the different levels of education and after senior 6, she got employed as a Secretary at Lamuza company.

“I was able to go to school and reach a level I had never imagined I could. I made friends, I met God” says Mariam.

Mariam now supports her mother, grandmother, and herself from her secretarial job. She has been able to attend to the nutritional, health and other needs of her family ever since.

Mariam is passionate about children and looks forward to upgrading her education levels to be able to teach children. She notes that teaching children to her, would be a means of giving back, because as a child, she was also picked up and given an opportunity many desire, education.

And as a word to her fellow ECM children, she says “Always go for something you love. It gives you a lot of comfort. It feels good.”

Mariam is passionate about children and looks forward to upgrading her education levels to be able to teach children. She notes that teaching children to her, would be a means of giving back, because as a child, she was also picked up and given an opportunity many desire, education.