Iam a 21 year old Ugandan norn in a small town called Tororo in Uganda and raised by a single positive mother having lost my father in 2000 to HIV/AIDS epidermic. Am the second among three children and grew up in a very challenging and strange community.This is because by then a family with HIV/AIDS was looked at as a misfit by the community and this increased the level of stigma in these patients that we nearly lost our mother as a result.
Having been counselled for almost two years , she finally agreed to test of which the results turned out to be positive.This was like a final blow to our family and paved way for more mockeries and insults from the society but I thank God for the strong enduring heart that He gave my mother.Despite all this , she kept on counselling us and trianing us to work harder. We used to farm a small piece of land that was left to get food and other needs .
This sad experience made me think if medical personells could not do any thing to cure this disease and prevent its spread! But when I asked mother about my thought , she said it was not possible because the disease had no cure and no one had got a medical ure for it. I was so disturbed by her answer and said no! I have to be a doctor and find out. So this became my foundation for the medical field and that was in 2004 when I was in primary three.I was so determined and forcused on my dream . I had it in mind that 'what every great person has done , i can do it better' and this helped me to put extra effort in education that mother was very supportive of it. She could try all her best to see that we study well.
I remember one day asking her for new chrismas clothe because this was like a culture that every christmas every child must get a new clothe and being inspired by other youngones who had, but she could only say: ' You either decide to study or put on new clothes' like any other parent , i realised she desired a very bright future for us and also to make us not to forcus on short lived material things but to look beyond the stars.
I excelled in my primary and secondary education and right now am persuing a diploma in clinical medicine and community health of which am to advance and do neurosugery soon after this course. Am also planing to start up a model hospital and a university that trians mainly health workers as well so as to improve on the health standards in the country. I was in a certain hospital for my trianing of recent and i realised that there is still a high demand for health workers in the country. This is because we would be in the wards but the patients are so many to the extend that others are not attended to by the physicians which is quite alarming since they miss their medication.
I also witnessed a certain scenerio which almost reminded me of my ealy experience in the community. Here was an HIV/AIDS patient that has been neglected in the hospital by both the health workers and relatives. The lady suffers alot with very miserable life untill she finally dies. My heart cries with pain for such people! They do not die because they should but because of the neglect, lack of care and love from the society around them. So, its our responsiblity to speak out for such individuals . I think its the reason for our existance. Every one deserve equal treatment by the community, its their right to live and we should fight on their behalf.
Well about my other skills, am skilled mainly in craft making: I make paper bead necklaces and bungles , table mats, baskets , paper stars and some others but what lets me down is the market, very few people buy them and being a student, i only make them during holidays or weekends . During my senior four vaccation I trained a group of teenagers on the consequences of teenage pregnancy and HIV/AIDS and it was very beneficial to them.
TO SEE A WORLD THAT IS SURROUNDED BY SPIRIT OF LOVE , CARE, EQUITY
AND APPRECIATED BY EVERY ONE.