Annette is thirteen years old and is in the 7thgrade by grace. She lives with her father, mother, eight- year-old sister and twelve-year-old brother. She also has a young four-year-old cousin living with her whose parents found out they have AIDS and abandoned her. Annette’s life is difficult. Imagine, if you can, her day ... Annette gets up around five in the morning and goes to the garden to dig with her mom and siblings.They work for an hour and come back to get ready for school. Because she is in her last year of primary school Annette must study hard and has to be at school by 7:00 a.m. She has one hour to clean up, dress and get to school, which is a long walk of one and a half miles. Annette has little water to wash with from the evening before and no time to go to the nearest well that is a mile away. She uses as little as possible and changes into her uniform that smells badly as she has no CONTINUED
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We have had the privilege of sponsoring Isaac and Tina for four years now. It seems like yesterday that I got to go on a mission trip to visit Katherine in Uganda. I never CONTINUED
By the time I was six years old I had already lost both of my parents, first my father and then my mother. Both of them died from the AIDS virus. I felt scared and did not know where to go or what to do. Relatives came to the burial and talked of taking me here or there and my brothers and sisters other places. I ran as far as I could run. I knew somewhere in Kamonkoli there were relatives that could help me as this is where my parents came from. I got a ride to Mbale and then someone told me which way to go to Kamonkoli and so I began walking (about 12 miles). When I reached the village I asked people for help and they told me of the little church for the Presbyterians. I went there and slept for the night. I had not eaten anything for nearly two days and felt hungry but was also so tired.
I was found by a white lady named Katherine and sent to my Aunt’s home, CONTINUED