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Ahumuza Dinah is the third born out of four children. Her father was a Pilot Trainee with the Uganda Peoples’s Defence Forces but he is deceased and Dinah and her three siblings are being raised by their mother as a single parent. The family is experiencing financial challenges especially for the basic needs, but Dinah’s mother is very disciplined and hardworking; despite her level of education she has managed to educate Dinah who went to Nabisunsa Girl’s Secondary School in Kampala for both Uganda Certificate of Education and Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education. She studied Physics, Economics and Mathematics and scored 15 points.
Dinah’s career goal is to become a successful auditor, globally competitive for national and continental development. Dinah has volunteered to mentor the secondary school girls around her community.
Nabulega Sandra is the last born in a family of four children. Her mother died when she was only three years old, but this was just the beginning of tragedy in their house hold, her father also passed on when she was in primary five. A few years down the road her uncle who was also their guardian died and life was unbearable. Sandra’s sister Namayalo Sherinah was forced to drop out of school and care for her siblings.
Sandra attended Kisozi High School for ordinary level and St Marks College Namagoma for advanced level where she sat for Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education examinations in Physics, Economics and Mathematics in 2013 and scored 15 points. She has been admitted for the Bachelor of Statistics at Makerere University. Sandra wants to work hard at the university such that she can be a role model to the girls and boys in her community. She wants to become a Statistician and her dream is to work with Uganda Revenue Authority. In addition, she wants to engage in charity work where she will provide financial support to the youth for their education.
Buteme Dorah is the first born out of five children. Her father was the main bread winner of the family until he lost his job. Currently, it is her mother who is the bread winner and caring for the entire family needs, fortunately, they do not have to worry about rent because there father built a permanent house on a three acre plot where they grow some crops for food.
Dorah attended Our Lady of Good Counsel, Gayaza for Uganda Certificate of Education and joined Mengo Secondary School for Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education. She studied Physics, Economics and Mathematics and scored 15 points. She wants to become a Planner and work with Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development. Dorah is inspired by Rebecca Kadagga, the Speaker of Uganda Parliament at national level and Oprah Winfrey at the international level.
Nabukenya Jackline is the first born out of three children in the family. Her parents separated in 1996 before she even started her Nursery School. Because she was still young, Jackline lived with her mother, unfortunately the mothers illness necessitated that Jackline had to live with her father. Even the father became sick;
he was diagnosed with HIV/AIDs and he passed on in 2001. Jackline dropped out of school for a while because there was no one to pay her school fees, the situation was not made any better as she was taken to leave with her grandmother in Nsaggu Village in Wakiso district. Fortunately, in 2002, her mother came back after identifying an organization that supported her primary leaving education.
From this point forward, Jackline has been supported by her family and scholarship organizations where she was able to attend Buloba High School in Wakiso District for Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education. She was sponsored by Mitchell HEYWARD, a charity organization in Uganda. She studied Mathematics, Economics and Geography and she scored 15 points.
Biwaga Agnes is the last born in the family of six children. Her parents are struggling to educate Agnes and the extended family members (nine cousins) who live with them. Although, they live in a family owned house, it is situated in the swampy area of Kalerwe, the house is on a 30X20 plot accommodating about 15 family members. Despite, this challenge, Agne’s, father managed to educate her. She attended Gayaza Road Secondary School where she sat for Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education examinations in Physics, Economics and Mathematics in 2013 and scored 15 points. She has been admitted to Makerere University for Bachelor of Statistics and her career goal is to become a great Statistician and work with the United Nations.
Ayikoru Robinah is the first born out of two children. Both parents are deceased and it her grand father Mr. John Odonga who is caring for her and her sister. But her aunt is also contributing to their education and welfare. Robinah went to Talent’s College Mukono where she sat for Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education examinations in Mathematics, Economics and Geography and scored 14 points. She received a Scholarship for her secondary school from MIPA.
While in her secondary school, she served as the Treasurer, Scripture Union and Entertainments Prefect. During her senior six vacations, she volunteered to work with her aunt in making snacks and jewelry. Her role model is Joyce Meyer, the charismatic Christian author and speaker because of the way she communicates to her congregation. Robinah wants to become a Business Woman and own a successful business. She wants to specialize in fashion and design for children.
In addition, she wants to contribute to charitable organizations and participate in supporting the street children in Uganda.
Aanyu Frances is the first born in a family of three children. She went to Tororo Girls Secondary School where she completed Uganda Certificate of Education and joined Iganga Girls Secondary School for her Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education and scored 17 points. She studied Literature, Economics and Divinity. While at secondary school, she participated in music, dance and drama. She held various leadership positions for example; she was the Treasurer for the Red Cross Youth Link, General Secretary for the True Love Waits Club under the family life network and an Editor and News Compiler for the Journalism Club.
Frances underwent two years training in entrepreneurship under the Educate Club and a three weeks training in patriotism. Achieving a Bachelor’s Degree in Development Economics at Makerere University with holistic support from The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program will not only enable Frances to pursue her dream and change her family status but will also empower her to change lives of women in her community.
Amoding Barbara Winnie is the second born out of nine children in the family. Her father is the sole bread winner in the family and despite the financial burden of educating all his nine children, she has not given up hope as in engages in just about all business that will earn him an income to see his children have a better future.
Barbara attended Trinity College Nabbingo for Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education where she studied History, Economics, Entrepreneurship and Sub-math and scored 14 points. While at secondary school, she participated in sports and making liquid soap. Her career goal is to get a first class degree in Business Administration and further her education to become a professional chartered Accountant. Besides getting a job in her career, Barbara wants to volunteer in training the people of her community on entrepreneurship and profitable investments. In future, she wants to set up a cooperative society to facilitate farmers in negotiating better prices and access market for their produce.
Kambabazi Immaculate is the fifth born out of six children in the family. Her father is a retired Nurse and his highest education is Diploma in Nursing. From his meagre pay, he struggled to educate his children, Immaculate inclusive who attended Kabowa High School in Wakiso district for Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education. She studied Economics, Mathematics, Fine Art and Computer and scored 15 points. While at secondary school, she participated in sports particularly net ball. Receiving higher education will enable Immaculate not only to pursue a career as an Economist and a Planner but will also open more opportunities towards her contribution to the development of the country.
Ochieng Geofry Ariong is the second born out of nine children in the family.
His father is a Security Guard earning a meagre salary and yet he has nine children to care for. Geofry is from Tororo district and his education journey has been extremely difficult because his father could not afford school fees on time. At 22 years, he is supposed to have graduated from the University but yet he is a freshman. This lends credence to how he had to sit at home as his father figured out where to get the children school fees, fortunately for him because of his excellent academic performance, he received a bursary from East High School where he sat for his Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education offering History, Economics, Divinity and Sub-math and scored 17 points.
While at East High School, he was appointed the Chairperson of Christian Community, Head of Scripture Union and Chairperson of the History. During his senior six vacation, he volunteered to work with the Youth Patron Grace Mayanja in running her business as a cashier, as well as helping one of the church members in running her mobile money shop. He also took part in the Padhola Youth Mission to Pallisa in the East where he walked door to door talking to people about alcoholism and its effects. He was successful for the MCF Scholarship and was elected as the Chairperson of the MCF Scholars at Makerere University. Because of his exemplary performance at East High School, Geofrey was appointed as a Mentor to the MCF Scholars at Brac - Uganda. Geofrey’s dream is to form an organization “African Transformers Foundation” in order to help the young poor Africans to overcome the deep rooted poverty, selfishness and greed for power.
Nakibuule Catherine is the second born out of three children. Her father is a single parent who takes care of their education and welfare since their mother died in 2002. From 2002-2009, Catherine’s father engaged in the business of selling tomatoes, but the risks were too high, and he opted to be a truck driver and earns a salary that he uses to educate his children.
Catherine attended Trinity College Nabbingo for her Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education where she studied Chemistry, Biology, Foods and Nutrition and Sub-math and scored 15 points. She has been admitted for the Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences which is a foundation for her career dream.
Her dream is to become a Medical Doctor as well as a Researcher. She wants to work harder than before because The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program is providing her with whatever she needs as a student. She wants to work in the hospital to save lives particularly serving the unprivileged community.
Nakabugo Elizabeth is the third born out of seven children. She attended Rubaga Girls School where she sat for Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education examinations in Biology, Chemistry, Food and Nutrition and Sub-math and scored 15 points. At Rubaga Girls School, she served as a Liturgy Prefect.Elizabeht has been admitted for the Bachelor of Science in Biomedical sciences This programme is in line with her career dream to become a Medical Doctor. Elizabeth looks forward to the day when she will begin saving lives as a Medical Doctor. She is determined to make good use of the opportunity given to her by The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program.
Nankinga Brenda is the second born out of five children. Brenda’s father had a successful business and rental units and he easily afforded to pay for his children’s education. Unfortunately his failure to pay a bank loan led to collapse of the family business and sale of the rental units to recover money he owed the Bank. The collapse of the family business and losing the rental units led Brenda’s father into depression and mental instability to date. With no income to the family, life for the family is punctuated with hardship, but Brenda has been hopeful and focused on excelling academically and indeed while at Makerere College School where she sat for her Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education, Brenda scored 17 points.
She has been admitted at Makerere University offering Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences. Brenda wants to specialize in forensic science where she can use the latest DNA profiling and forensic techniques to determine the exact cause of death so that it can be minimized for the next patients especially if it was from a tissue reaction.
Emaru Emmanuel is the second born out of eight children. His father is the pillar of the family and he has taken care of them and values education. For his Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education, he attended St. Peters College Tororo and he was supported by FAWE-U. He considers the MCF scholarship as a great opportunity that will bring about remarkable transformation in him and his community. He chose to study Bachelor of Science in Nursing because he has always yearned to be in a medical setting where he is involved in saving people’s lives. He developed this inspiration from a scene in the hospital where patients were neglected and some had taken days without treatment because of few medical personnel. His dream is to become a professional medical worker in any part of the world. With the MCF scholarship opportunity, Emmanuel is confident that his dream will be fulfilled and he will be of great purpose to the community.
Gai David is the first born out of eight children in the family. He is an international student from South Sudan. David studied at Seeta High School for his Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education and scored 16 points.