Just a few weeks ago, Damien began his first year of High School at the new WCIA High School, but he spent the months of his holiday working at the dorm construction site as a porter. The work was hard. A porter holds an entry-level position at the construction site and amongst other tasks spends most of the day mixing cement by hand and carrying heavy loads of it to bricklayers. The job is demanding and as porter Damien was paid about $3.00 a week. Cosmas, the head engineer of the dormitory project, offered the porter positions first to the older boys at WCIA. Six students accepted the position, but by the end of the project, only Damien and Joseph (also a first year student at WCIA High School) remained. The two boys continued to work hard until the very last day of building, even as their peers chose to quit and spend at least part of the holiday relaxing.
Once the dorms were completed, Damien had made over 100,000 Ugandan Shillings, a huge amount for a student. He worked extremely hard for the money and could have chosen to spend it on himself, but Damien is the main provider for himself and his three younger siblings and he used the money he earned to pay for school and boarding supplies for his family.
Damien has been responsible for his family for many years. In 2001, when the family first became connected with Come, Let’s Dance, Damien, his sister Noeline, and their two younger brothers Paul and Kana were living in the Katanga Slum with their mother Rose, but it was Damien who was most often caring for and protecting his younger siblings. Two years ago Rose died, and since then Damien, still a teenager himself, has done everything in his power to fulfill the needs for his family while still succeeding in school.
Damien is a gifted dancer, a leader in his school, and an extremely hard worker. He is a cunning card player, a resilient goalkeeper on the soccer pitch, and captain of the school's performance squad. Above all, Damien is loving brother, a responsible student, and on his way to being a very good man. The Child Scholarship Program comes alongside Damien and helps to continue to empower him and helps provide the family with opportunity and education. Thank you for providing a "hand-up" to Damien and his siblings! Click here to sign up for the CLD Fund!