Baraka is 14 years old and is in class 5 at Magereza Primary School. He lives with his grandmother, who is his main caregiver, as well as three other children and five other adults. Baraka’s grandmother works very hard selling vegetables and doing odd jobs in order to provide for Baraka and her two other grandchildren who live in the house.
Cesilia is 13 years old and is in class 7 at Magereza Primary School. She is the second born of three children and is currently living with her mother. Cesilia’s father lives far away and works as a butcher. He sends money to the family when he can, but because Cesilia’s mother does not work, they often do not have enough money for school fees or uniforms. When Cesilia grows up, she wants to be a teacher.
Philipina is 12 years old and is in class 7 at Magereza Primary School. When she was young, Philipina’s father passed away and her mother left the family. Since then, she has been living with her grandmother, who is her main caregiver, and her sister. Philipina’s grandmother works odd jobs to try and provide for her grandchildren, but does not make enough money to pay for school fees.
Prisca Herman Ndatora
Prisca is 12 years old and is in class 7 at Magereza Primary School. She lives with her aunt and uncle who have taken care of her since she was five years old. Prisca’s aunt and uncle have 6 children of their own, two of which are still young, while the rest are older and all attending school. Prisca dreams of becoming a teacher when she grows up.
Rahel James Massawe
Rahel is 14 years old and is in class 7 at Magereza Primary School. She is currently living with her grandmother and grandfather. Rahel has several siblings, but she is not sure where they are currently living. Rahel’s grandfather provides the main source of income for the family as a day laborer, but he does not make enough money to pay school fees or provide uniforms for Rahel. She dreams of one day becoming a teacher.