It is very easy to find Rebecca Osinge and her mother Faith in a room - all you have to do is look for the biggest smiles. It is not despite pain and hardship that Faith and Rebecca exude joy, but rather than be defeated they continue to persevere and find hope in the future.
Rebecca Osinge started school at WCIA in 2013 as a fifth grade student. One year earlier, in the summer of 2012, Rebecca and her sisters lost their father and Faith lost her husband of over twenty years to AIDS. Along with grieving her husband’s death, Faith also was dealing with her recent diagnosis of HIV and the need to support her family and keep her daughters in school. Faith says the months directly following the death of her husband were the most difficult in her life, but she never gave up hope.
Faith became connected to Come, Let’s Dance a few months after her husband’s death when, having very little herself, she assisted a group of women who were stranded on the side of the road without money for transport. One of those women attended classes at Thread of Life and told Faith about the educational possibilities there. The very next day Faith went to Thread of Life ready for opportunities to learn and improve life for herself and her daughters. From that day on she fully immersed herself in Thread of Life, learning to sew, garden, and make jewelry. Faith became a mentor to many women at Thread of Life encouraging them through example, to work hard, pursue education, and stay joyful. Soon she was partnering with Thread of Life, to counsel women with HIV/AIDS and to start a business growing and selling mushrooms to be used as dietary supplements for AIDS patients.
Faith continues to work incredibly hard to provide her daughters with opportunity and education. She recently moved out of Kampala to start a business selling popular Ugandan snacks known as “Daddies.” The work is very labor intensive, but the profits allow Faith to pay school fees for Rebecca and her sisters.
As a testament to Faith’s hard work, in just three years, Rebecca has gone from being fully sponsored to now having her mom pay a large portion of her fees and provide her with all of the necessary school and boarding supplies.
In many ways Rebecca takes after her mother. She is extremely kind, positive, and very hardworking. Rebecca values her education and consistently scores at the top of her class. She is also a very talented singer and has been an active member in the student led choir and dance squad since arriving at WCIA. Recently, Rebecca was recognized at school for her outstanding character and leadership traits. Part of the school’s mission is to foster the next generation of Ugandan leaders and there is no doubt that your contribution to Rebecca’s education through the Child Scholarship Fund is a great investment in the future of Uganda.