RAKAI. A visit to Aisha Namulema’s home at Kijjumbula Village in Kyotera District shows you an extremely happy mother.
Her four children; a pair of twins (boy and girl) aged ten, her third and last born boy and girl aged six and four years old, respectively, are not spared from the joy.
The family is quick to disclose that the extreme pleasure comes a result of a decent house built by Kitovu Mobile, which saved them from sleeping in a wobbly single-roomed house, molded with mud and eucalyptus poles for support, for some years.
A look at the old house which is now left to shelter pigs, makes you sadly imagine how pitiable the family has been.
But the 32 -year -old mother is quick to reveal that she even considered it
, “pretty ideal ” because before settling in the new house ,she had moved around the entire village seeking for shelter and Good Samaritans could give her temporary houses where to put her family .
“Unlike that one [new house], these rooms could leak whenever it rained and my children never slept at all,” She says
While rain could bring a smile to farmers, Namulema and her children could just think about the leaking house wishing for longer dry spells.
Secondly , the reason why Namulema considers her old house being “pretty ideal” is that she had constructed it on her small piece of land given to her by her grandmother and thus she had worries that any time she would be sent away by relatives as it was the case before.
Despite this, her mud and wattle hut roofed with dry grass was nearly collapsing and this was her greatest worry.
Fortunately, as she sank into deep thoughts , with no hope to get help, Kitovu Mobile under the Grand Mothers and OVC project, came to her rescue .
The organisation built her a four roomed decent permanent house with a water tank and an improved pit -latrine.
“I’m happy that for the first time, my children are now sleeping in a decent permanent house” She says
She is grateful to the village chairperson who did not deny her an opportunity when they were tasked to trace the most vulnerable residents in the area .
Though still young, the mother is visually impaired and is also a member of the Kijumbura Solidarity Group in Kirumba sub county, Kyotera District.
The group has also relieved her of financial hardships because she can now secure small loans.
She is grateful to Kitovu Mobile for a kind heart because all she was worried about when her e house was collapsing is now history .
How she lost her sight
Namulema says she lost her sight at eight years, when she was studying in Primary One at Kyenvubu Primary School located in Rakai District.
” I recall a blurred coating suddenly covering my eyes to destroy my whole sight” Namulema recollects, saying she could not get any specialized medical attention because her parents didn’t have money.
This kicked off her untold misery.
At 20 years of age, Namulema says she started the parenting journey and currently has four children, but three of them are half blind.