Hope Restored: Brenda's Story

12/31/13

Sitting on the dirt floor of Brenda's tiny home in Uganda, it's hard to believe her life has been completely transformed. Her tiny home has a thatched roof, mud walls, and is about the size you would think normal for a bedroom—not a home for four children and an adult. Yet there in her tiny home in rural Uganda, Brenda looks at you in her little pink school uniform with eyes full of joy and hope. Everything is different for her, because of her sponsors.

 
Brenda had a hard start to life. Her mother was mentally ill, and her father left before she was born. When it became clear that her mother could not care for her, Brenda's aunt took her in. But her aunt already had three children of her own, no husband, and no source of income. 
 
Brenda and her cousins live in this tiny home in Uganda
                                               Brenda and her cousins live in this tiny home in Uganda. 
 
Brenda looks down as she recalls the hardest years of her life. "I was going to school, but I didn't have any school supplies," she remembers. "I would be sent out of class at almost every lesson because the teacher would want us to write down what he is teaching, but when he reached me, he would discover I had no pen or book." 
 
"I was always scared in class, not knowing what the next teacher would do to me if he discovered I wasn't taking down notes," Brenda says. 
 
The worst day of the week was Friday. Brenda would go to school Monday through Thursday—that is, if she wasn't kicked out of class before then. But Friday is traditionally a day for beggars in Uganda. With no source of income, her aunt couldn’t miss this opportunity to get food on the table. But it was humiliating for Brenda, who had to make herself look as pitiful as possible to get a few coins. 
 
"I'd have to put on the worst rags, sometimes really smelly, just to catch the attention of people," Brenda says. "Then our next day's meal would come from that." Even with the money she brought in from begging, Brenda says she can never remember eating to satisfaction. 
 
Brenda's whole family has hope now that her sponsors are helping her
                        Brenda's whole family has hope now that her sponsors are helping to meet her needs. 
 
But things changed in that tiny home when they heard about Children of the Nations, and people like you, who are willing to sponsor children like Brenda so they can attend school and have the school supplies and food they need so they don’t have to beg on the street. 
 
Today, because of her sponsors, Brenda attends the Children of the Nations school, where all her materials are provided for her, and she never has to worry about getting kicked out of class for not having a pencil. "I count it as a big blessing to me because I no longer have to worry," says Brenda. "My aunt already has hope about my future."
 
Brenda is so thankful that her sponsors provide her with the chance to learn
         Brenda (far right) is so thankful that her sponsors provide her with the opportunity to attend COTN's school. 
 
Brenda has hope for her future as well. She dreams of one day becoming a doctor and opening a clinic for infants in Uganda. The clinic would provide free services to all who are unable to pay, Brenda says. 
 
"Please pray for me, that I may grow up to achieve my dream of becoming a doctor," she asks.