KALUNGU. Harriet Namiiro is an exceptional teacher at Holly Family Primary School at Bukulula Village , Kalungu District.
She conducts her lessons with humor and kindness.
The pre-primary teacher who longed for the teaching career since childhood ,says she would not have realised her dream had it not been the support from Kitovu Mobile.
“We are 15 children from different mothers, but our father abandoned us. I had to stay with my mother who later failed to raise my school fees and decided to send me to my grandmother after Primary Seven” She narrates.
“But by grandmother, Joyce Nagujja was Kitovu Mobile’s HIV client and it was from her home in Bukulula, where fellow patients could gather to get drugs” She says
The jolly teacher considers this as the gate way to her luck because often times they could find her at home yet it used to be school time.
This is when an initiative to enroll her as a vulnerable child under the Grand Mothers and Orphans & Vulnerable Children programme, crossed the counselors minds.
“Kitovu Mobile helped me finish Ordinary Level and later enrolled for a teaching course at Nile Vocational Institute, where I studied Early Childhood Development (ECD)”She says
Later, she enrolled for a diploma in primary teaching at Kampala University ,Masaka campus still on Kitovu Mobile sponsorship and graduated in 2017.
She says her choice for the course is because of her infinite love for children.
“I wasn’t loved and I knew that many children go through such misery. Some stay with their step mothers. So, I know it is always at school where they should get this missed love ”Namiiro says
She is always inquisitive when one of her pupils is moody in class and would immediately make sure she finds out the cause.
“I know it is because of love that these donors extend a helping hand to people like us,” the treasured teacher and a tutor at a teachers’ teaching college, shares.
She says Kitovu Mobile has helped her a lot. The organisation offers some support to her siblings much as they are not under the organisation.
“Sometimes they get for them books and other school needs especially registration fees.
Whenever they get to know that there is need for help, they simply come in,” She says
A person whose dreams had been shattered by failure together school fees, Namiiro believes many children may be experiencing the same problem and urges Kitovu Mobile to continue with such a good spirit of offering a helping hand to such vulnerable children.
“I wish they would go deep in the villages and look for more vulnerable children whose dreams are far from reality due to lack of support, “Namiiro says