By Aisha Mukulu
I am Aisha by name, born in a family of four children and one of them is boy. We grew up with a single mother who has a roadside business of roasting “gonja” and maize and she has to wake up very early in the morning and purchase them from the market. Since it’s hard for her to earn enough from this business, it’s difficult for me and my sisters and brother to sustain ourselves and cater for our basic needs, for example, clothing, accommodation, food, as well as school fees.
I studied and completed my first and second years of education. I did my first year in High Study Course (H.S.C) but, unfortunately, sat home for a year due to circumstances. I, therefore, had to work with my mother and get involved in the business for us to earn a better living. Many people started doubting me and had things to say about me; that I am a girl and my mother should not continue to let me go to school. I told my mother not to mind what people had to say.
I live in a very unsafe place for young girls because it’s full of sex workers (“Bamalaya”) who influence girls to join them and this, in turn, affects their future.
I got involved with the Rhythm of Life project which has made a great impact on my life. They are contributing towards my school fees and have taught me how to stay healthy and become a good girl leader in the community at large. I am grateful to God that I have completed my last year of High Study Course and I’m looking forward to joining university.
My advice to all young girls is to know that life is a journey and there are challenges along the way. But determination, patience and hard work is key to achieving what you need. Not forgetting that education is also the key to success, followed by respect for parents and elders.