Last January, WCIA High School was just weeks away from opening its doors for the very first time and everyone was nervous. The Come, Let’s Dance team was racing to finish construction, new teachers were working on preparing lesson plans, and the students could not help but wonder what life would be like at their new high school. One of the students eagerly awaiting the opening of WCIA High School was Mirembe Faith Doreen.
Doreen attended WCIA Primary School for many years. It was there that she earned her reputation as an exceptionally hardworking and kind individual; a description that is truer today than ever. In November, Doreen’s mother Esther Naugobi gave birth to twin girls, Kerry and Sarah. Esther is the sole financial provider for Doreen, the twins, and their three brothers Phillipo, Elisha, and Daniel. In order to meet her children’s needs, Esther had to return to work shortly after giving birth. Once school ended, Doreen began taking care of the twins while her mother worked, all while completing her holiday homework, volunteering at her church and helping other neighbors with cooking and childcare. This week, Doreen, Elisha, and Daniel will all don WCIA uniforms, pack up their belongings, and start another year as boarders at the High School and Primary Schools, respectively. Doreen says that while she is excited to see her friends and start new lessons, she is going to miss taking care of Sarah and Kerry and worries about leaving her mother alone.
It is not only at home where Doreen’s heart for helping others is apparent. She is an exceptional singer, and instead of using her talent to outshine others, she uses her musical gifts to help counsel, teach, and inspire her peers, teachers, family, and many CLD volunteers. Doreen was a founding member, and leader, of the Primary School choir that served as a tool for mentoring younger students and giving them a platform to share their voices. Through her leadership role, Doreen worked with many of the younger girls at the school and their relationship with her grew their confidence to such a level that they took over leadership roles in the choir when she joined high school. Last year in her first few months at the High School, Doreen co-wrote the school song and helped start a singing and dance club.
Click play below to hear "It's Not Over" a song written and performed by Doreen.
This year, the school will open its doors to over sixty students in grades Senior One, Senior Two, and Senior Three. The staff, teachers, and CLD team will continue to serve young leaders like Doreen with the best education possible. Your $45 a month not only allows Doreen to go to school, it also allows her to share her positive influence with many other young Ugandans and it gives her a space to develop her unique gifts and skills. Thank you for believing in Doreen and her peers, and thank you for giving to the Child Scholarship Fund again this year.