Aneth is 9 years old and is in class 3 at Shirimatunda Primary School. Both of Aneth’s parents have passed away and she is currently living with her 81 year old grandmother. There are currently three other children and one other adult living in the house as well. Aneth’s grandmother works various odd jobs in order to pay for the house, but she is unable to afford school fees for the children.
Eveline is 12 years old and is in class 6 of Shirimatunda Primary School. Her mother passed away during childbirth and her father passed away shortly after by drowning. Eveline currently lives with her aunt and her cousins. She has two siblings, but does not live with them as her aunt is unable to support that many children. When Eveline grows up, she wants to become a nun.
Fredrick is 14 years old and is in class 7 at Shirimatunda Primary School. He lives with his grandparents, who he has lived with his whole life. When Fredrick was a baby, his father passed away and his mother left the family and has since remarried. His grandparents do not have a stable form of income and have therefore had trouble consistently paying for his school fees. Fredrick aspires to become a doctor.
Happiness is 14 years old and is in class 6 at Shirimatunda Primary School. She lives with her single mother, a younger sister and a younger brother. She does not know where her father is. Happiness’ mother used to be able to pay for her school fees, but after the birth of her youngest son she has been having trouble finding work and has had financial difficulties. Happiness’ mother is eager to find work again to be able to provide for her children. Ever since she was young, Happiness has wanted to become a doctor.
Irene is 12 years old and is in class 5 at Shirimatunda Primary School. She is the first born to a family of 4, and she and her siblings all live with their grandmother. Irene has been living with her grandmother since she was young, as her father passed away and her mother suffers from a mental illness. Irene’s grandmother works odd jobs when she can to provide food from the family, however she often suffers from illnesses. Consequently, their house is in poor condition making it difficult for the family to live there.
Miriam is 10 years old and is in class 5 at Shirimatunda Primary School. She is currently living with her mother and her 5 year old sister. Miriam’s mother sells fresh vegetables but is currently having trouble finding work. In the past, her mother was able to sporadically pay school feels, but has been unable to do so lately. Miriam wants to be just like her mother when she grows up and sell vegetables in the market as well.
Rose is 12 years old and is in class 6 at Shirimatunda Primary School. She is living with her single mother and three sisters, of which Rose is the second youngest. Rose’s mother is not employed and does odd jobs in order to provide for her children and herself. When she grows up, Rose hopes to become a nun.