Another in our series of posts about some of the children being supported in school by the Pupil Support Fund: Meet Javira…
Javira before going to school (2014).
Javira has four siblings and her mother has been diagnosed with late stage cancer of the tongue. She joined Uphill Junior School in Primary 1 in October 2014, aged 10, and went straight to the top of her class.
It is common for children to start school late in Uganda, and both primary and secondary school classes can have children with a wide range of ages.
In 2015, her mother remarried and her step-father began to keep Javira away from school to look after her siblings. Despite her tardy attendance, she still managed to complete Primary 2 in 5th place and, at the start of the 2016 academic year, the school Director recommended that sponsor be found to allow her the opportunity to achieve her full potential.
Sadly, Javira’s Mum lost her battle with cancer in 2017, adding one more orphan to the Uphill school roll.
With the help of a generous donor to the Pupil Support Fund her personal needs, food, accommodation, plus her school and examination fees are being taken care of and she is now flourishing. Javira enters Primary 7 at the start of the 2020 academic year and will be sitting the Primary Leaving Examinations in November.