Meet Rosette: From Bitter and Impoverished to Prayerful and Promising
When Rosette was only five years old, her father passed away leaving their family of five children. Their mother was not able to cope with the tragedy. In order to provide for their family, Rosette’s mother resorted to sex work and abused alcohol.
Rosette and her siblings would often be left alone in their home because her mother would have to travel to different cities in Uganda for work. One day, she never came back. The last time Rosette saw her mother was four years ago.
In 2015, the eldest of the five children was then forced to stop schooling to take care of the rest of them. Because she was only a young teenage girl, there were no good work opportunities. All the children have ever known is extreme poverty.
Tragedy upon tragedy seemed to hit their family. In 2016, a strong wind swept away the roof of their home and it rained on them for two days. The siblings have since been afraid to live in their own home because they feel unsafe.
In an attempt to find work and food, one day Rosette talked to a police woman near her neighborhood. The police woman sent Rosette to Bwindi ECO Children Uganda. BECU rescued Rosette from the extreme poverty and took her into BECU’s home in September 2016.
Rosette began to study with us, but at first she was trailing behind because it had been three years since she was last in school. It was almost as if she had just started schooling. We were determined to help her, providing her remedial teaching as she repeated her classes.
Her academic performance had improved, and now she is in 5th grade and is very promising. Rosette is now 13 years old and dreams of becoming a nurse one day.
When Rosette first came to us, she blamed her mother for neglecting their family since their father’s passing. Together with her improved academic performance, Rosette has also found spiritual renewal and does not miss a Sunday service. She enjoys reading the Bible and leads prayers at school.
From bitterness, Rosette is now learning to pray for her mother and asks God to touch her and remind her of her children and bring her back home. Rosette says she wants to live all her life serving Jesus.
Rosette is waiting for a sponsor to support her to complete her studies and help her to reach her dream of becoming a nurse. We know that with the right support, Rosette will one day help her own community, her family, and others.