In 2011, a tailor named Regina heard about a small primary school one of her Pastors was starting from a friend. Her friend told her about the Ugandan team looking to transform education in their community and the Americans who believed in providing opportunity for the next generation of Ugandan leaders. So when the school opened Regina took her three kids Joseph, Janat, and Hafuswa to the brand new Wakiso Christian International Academy to start classes, something she has continued to do for the last five years...
When asked about the baby of their family, sixth grader Hafuswa, Janat and Joseph will say she is the silliest and the loudest, a sentiment echoed by many who know her. Hafuswa is often surrounded by fun, usually of her own creation, and an audience excited to listen and join in. Math is her least favorite subject, so she says it is her favorite class to try and tell stories in. Hafuswa is a natural storyteller with her captivating personality and quick wit, traits that lend themselves nicely to her favorite subject, Language. Extroverted Hafuswa has many friends, but most often you will find her sitting with her sister Janat making beads, helping prepare dinner, or just simply engaging in girl talk.
Janat has a heart of gold and a contagious giggle. She loves taking care of others, especially babies and the young preschool students at the school. Every afternoon after completing classes, she uses her break to help the younger girls do their laundry and prepare for the next day, before starting to wash her own clothes or begin to study. Service to others is something that comes naturally to Janat and she does these tasks with joy. In fact, whether she is washing dirty socks or sitting in a late night study session you will often find her laughing. This sense of joy has followed Janat throughout a very stressful academic year. This month Janat will sit for her national P7 exams. These exams are very important in a Ugandan student’s life and can be compared to taking the ACT or SAT as a seventh grade student. Janat has spent countless hours in class and studying for the exams with the goal to score within the top tier, and of course, score higher than her big brother Joseph did two years ago.
Students at the High School have to wake up between 4:30 and 5:00 am to start studying and preparing for the day. Without being asked or assigned the task, Joseph started waking up early every morning to sweep all of the classrooms so when the other students arrive they can go straight to studying and not have to worry about this morning chore. During the last three holidays, Joseph has worked as an apprentice for Mr. Cosmas, the head engineer for CLD building projects. Joseph has started at the bottom, mixing cement and preparing the work site, in order to help his family with finances and to gain experience, because someday he would like to be the engineer in charge of big projects. Joseph is a kind and trusted leader amongst his peers and when he was awarded as the “Most Hardworking” student by his teachers earlier this year everyone cheered for the well deserved acknowledgement, but no one was more proud than his mother Regina.
Today, that Pastor Regina heard about is Ben Kibumba the Director of Come, Let’s Dance, the friend, Sara Namwangu is the school librarian and beloved by many in CLD, and Joseph, Janat, and Hafuswa are all excelling, but on that first day Regina was taking a chance on WCIA. Yet, she believed in the school’s principles and vision. She looked at the group of individuals, some who she had never met, and trusted them, before they had any great accomplishment to show. Through her eyes, classrooms that were newly converted from animal pens displayed opportunity and hope for her kids. All this because Regina believes in character, so much so that she instilled it in each one of children, and when she saw that was at the core of WCIA, she knew it was a school she wanted her kids to attend.
As a Child Scholarship provider, you make a similar choice to Regina each month. With your donations you prove that you believe in the character of Come, Let’s Dance. You say that you stand behind the vision and the principles of the school and whether or not you have met every student, you are willing to provide them with the same opportunity and hope Joseph, Janat, and Hafuswa have received. Thank you for your donations and trust in Come, Let’s Dance and your belief in the students and families of WCIA.