The day my dad died was the day my life changed and I have never been the same again. My dad was a fun loving and very charming person. He loved people, he loved his friends and family and most of all he loved his wife and children. He was short tempered but he always expressed his love for us.
I was a daddy’s girl, my father was my hero, my friend and my confidant. I am the person I am today because of the influence my father had on me. We were a middle class family and my father never admired the rich people. He always taught us to appreciate what we had and he always emphasized that we should help those in need. Every time we refused to eat food he would remind us that there are children who are starving.
My dad always told me that there was no point in being selfish and that we should always love those around us and reach out to those we can. After Law school and several years of working with law firms, I realized that I wanted to work with communities and make a difference in people’s lives. This was a dream my father had always wanted.
When I started working with vulnerable and marginalized people is when I felt my whole life was complete. Talking to victims of domestic violence and following up their cases and ensuring that they underwent counseling was something that I loved. Seeing these women overcome their fears and move on with their lives and start working was a wonderful experience.
Listening to victims of domestic violence and helping them overcome their fears is what has inspired me to continue working with these women as much as I can. I am currently working on projects that empower women financially in the villages of Buikwe and Kasawo through promoting agriculture. I believe that if they are financially independent then they are able to look after their children and also with time get back their self-esteem.
My goal is to ensure that these women’s lives are uplifted by becoming financially independent and ensuring that they are able to look after their children. It is very sad that many of these women were married off before they reached the age of 15, and this was because their parents could not afford to look after all the children. Therefore my wish is that their daughters can be given a chance to go to school so that they have better lives in the future. This is all possible if they are financially independent.
One pastor at church told us that the man is the head of the family but the women is the neck. This is very powerful because without the neck the head will not be able to move. Women are the mothers of our nation and so we need them to be uplifted in all aspects.