Namakula Shamin Nabiryo’s StoryNamakula Shamin Nabiryo, 19years.

At 9 years old, Shamim joined the ECM Child Sponsorship program. By that time, she was staying with her aged grandmother who was a cook at a primary school. Shamim was taken to her maternal grandmother at 2 years old.

In the Moslem community, a man is at liberty to have as many wives as he deems fit. Shamim’s father belonged to this community. The only concern was however that he did not take responsibility for his children as he watched his wives shoulder it all.

Having to bear the burden of raising 6 children all by herself, with no source of income, Shamim’s mother decided to take Shamim and her elder sister to their grandmother.

Shamim’s mother had a small piece of land around the compound on which she grew food crops to sustain her family.

Shamim’s grandmother however had pressure. She recalls how at one point, her Grandmother got a stroke and was at Mulago hospital for a month.  She notes that since they were only three children, with the eldest being 10years old, they had to survive under the mercy of neighbors.

“Sometimes we didn’t get supper. If we got lunch, we didn’t get supper.” Says Shamim.

Shamim completed her Senior 4 last year, and is now looking forward to pursuing a diploma in Fashion and Design. She currently stays with her sister in Nankulabye.

‘I advise the children under ECM Child sponsorship to be faithful, kind and patient.’

In the Moslem community, a man is at liberty to have as many wives as he deems fit. Shamim’s father belonged to this community. The only concern was however that he did not take responsibility for his children as he watched his wives shoulder it all.

Shamim completed her Senior 4 last year, and is now looking forward to pursuing a diploma in Fashion and Design. She currently stays with her sister in Nankulabye