The COVID-19 pandemic and the consequent closure of schools in Uganda were not enough to discourage Rosemary Lamwaka, 19 years old, from learning. Rosemary found strength in the Luigi Giussani High School teachers and the social workers at Meeting Point International (MPI), who printed and delivered everything she needed to study and do her homework once a week from home. Rosemary was constantly in touch with the teachers through phone calls. She also joined discussion groups with her peers to read ahead of the syllabus and share opinions on different topics on the weekends.
“My mother was very supportive. Although I’m the main caretaker because she is sick, she still exempted me from doing all chores to have time for reading. She gave me love, care, and constant encouragement, which was the rock in my life,” says Rosemary.
Rosemary has always been among the top-performing students, but now she believes she could only find more about herself thanks to Rose Busingye, MPI Director.”My discovering journey was ignited through Rose’s teachings on the human value,” says Rosemary, who was able to score high grades and now wants to make her dream of joining college come true. “I’m also thankful to my sponsors, family, teachers, and friends. This journey motivated me to study harder, as I felt accompanied in all ways.”