The biggest longing for children of prisoners is to meet their parents, but this is not the case with Mary 12 years . When she was 5 years, her father would repeatedly rape her elder sister who was 9 years then. When their dad attempted to rape her also, Mary ran out of the house and reported the matter to the neighbors. By then Mary’s mother had abandoned their home and remarried, so at that time they were staying with their father. When we met Mary yesterday, upon learning that it was her father who had sent us to trace for them, Mary began crying bitterly and together with her brother Aloysius 10, they ran away from us and hid. It took the intervention of the mother to convince them and told them that we were not taking them to meet their father but we wanted to offer them free education.
We were told that during the hearing of the matter, their dad threatened them and said that when he comes back home he will kill them, so they are so scared of him and they live with this fear every day. Mary’s dad will be released from prison on 20th October 2020.
Mary and Aloysious stay with their mother and step father and that is where we found them . Mary’s sister who was raped by their father has since disappeared, her brother Dick 11yrs whom their father had put on Wells of Hope form to be considered for sponsorship is staying with an auntie, it was difficult to see him . Their eldest sister Molly 16 years whom he had also put on the form is now married. The challenge here is that Mary whom we have chosen to sponsor and her brother Aloysius are the children whose testimony in court was heavily relied on to find their dad guilty.
Mary, who has since dropped out of school, hopes one day she could become a nurse; Wells of Hope is going to help turn this dream into a reality. Aloysios wants to be a teacher, he will also join Wells of Hope next month.
Mary is one of the 18 children we met from 8 different families, we visited in remote villages in Ssembabule,Mpigi and Masaka district of Central Uganda from the 11th-12th January 2013. All the children we saw live in totally pathetic conditions, and need urgent help.
One of the 4 grandmothers we met, Lovinsa 70 years cares for five children , one unruly boy of 14 years, and four beautiful little girls aged 5-10 years. She is very sick and weak, she limps as she walks, yet she has to care for these children, I had to hide my tears, the youngest girl is malnourished and needs quick help. We hope to relieve Lovinsa three of the little girls.The mother and father of these children are doing 60 years in prison, their mother has a baby in prison who she delivered from prison.
We are asking for help, we strongly believe that together with you , we can turn the current predicament of these children, save them and change our world.
If God is to intervene in other people’s mess, He is going to work through you and me ,so allow to be God’s hands, God’s feet, God’s eyes, God’s ears today. And If you can help someone out of the ditch , God will also help you out of your pit, No matter how big or small the gift you may give us, it can change a life here.
Aloysius and Mary,at the Back of Aloysius is their step brother.
Lovisa 70 years with four girls she looks after