Another in our series of posts about some of the children being supported in school by the Pupil Support Fund: Meet Ronald…
Ronald has been at Uphill Junior School since April 2016. At the end of his first academic year he achieved top marks across all subjects and he has continued to do well in Primary 5, maintaining his position at the top of his class.
Ronald had a difficult start in life.
Three years ago his parents divorced and they both disappeared, leaving four children to fend for themselves in Kampala. They were spotted by a neighbour who helped them to catch a long distance bus back to Fort Portal in western Uganda where their grandmother lives. His parents have never been in contact and his grandmother could not afford to send all the children to school on a regular basis.
Uphill Director Elius found out about the family and brought Ronald to Uphill on a fee-free basis. He is a bright boy who is taking full advantage of the eductational opportunity that he has been offered and he is now being helped by a kind donor via the Uphill Trust Pupil Support Fund. When he is not studying he loves to play soccer, like many Ugandan children.
Ronald’s story is just one version of the difficulties faced by very many children in rural Uganda who have no parental care due to death, illness or abandonment. Thanks to the generosity of a donor in the UK, Ronald now has the opportunity to work hard and achieve good grades in the all-important Primary Leaving Examination at the end of Primary 7.
When he grows up he would like to become a pilot, inspired by the Uphill Chairman perhaps?
Ronald proudly introduced us to his Grandmother in March 2018
UPDATE February 2019: Ronald is now is Primary 7 and is still the top of his class. The Uphill Trust introduced taster karate sessions during their recent visit which Ronald really enjoyed. We have now sent a karate training book over to Uganda (at Ronald’s request) so that he can continue to develop his martial arts skills in his own time.
Ronald showed very good form in his first karate taster lesson!
UPDATE February 2020: In November 2019 Ronald, along with 11 other children in Primary 7, left Uphill Junior School to sit the Ugandan Primary Leaving Examinations. He did extremely well, as we had expected, gaining the highest marks within the Parish.
In the words of the Director: “Ronald is a genius, he knows almost everything! He can fix a broken radio, play all games! He has been the school karate trainer! He has been ever the first in class since joining the school! I wish him all the best!”.
Ronald now has a sponsor for secondary schooling and was enrolled as a boarder at St Thomas Aquinas College in Kamwenge at the start of the 2020 academic year.