Their life is rough. Her mom works hard, but she doesn't get much in return. Young Julian hears her relatives' negative comments. Maybe life will never be good for her, but she can help her family.
They say she's sitting on a gold mine. She has us, her daughters. Soon, I will tell my mom to sell me in marriage. At least then my sisters can go to school. They will have a good life.Her mom takes her to a Compassion project. A friend told her that they would help her. Julian doesn't believe it though - someone would help her for nothing? Her mom and her check it out to find out what the catch is. Nothing can be found, so she is enrolled. Soon, to her surprise, she gets a sponsor. An even bigger surprise comes a little bit later.
My sponsors sent me a birthday card! No one in Uganda sends cards. They say that cards take too much time and money. I carried that card everywhere with me for weeks. I felt so special.Julian is succeeding at school and goes to a boarding school for more education. She is thankful that there is a Compassion project near her. Even though she is far from her home and family, there is a project with people who love her.
Then it is the beginning of the 4th semester, and Julian is at the top of her class. Yet, the school master yells at her. He tells her that until she pays for all four semesters in full, she must leave. She goes back home. She forgot how scary it was to live in the alley. She still goes to school, but now she feels no hope. She can't pay for boarding school, so she decides to make a sacrifice for her family.
I'll be worth less, now that I am 14. It'll still be enough for my mom and sisters to have a good life. I will tell my mom to sell me in marriage soon.Before she tells her mom, Compassion comes to her home. They say that they will pay for her school in full! She studies hard and graduates. Through her hard work, she was accepted into the Leadership Development Program with Compassion. Before she leaves for university, she makes enough money to buy her mom a new home where it is safe.
I attended Makerere University in Uganda and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Development Studies. I just graduated from Baylor University with a Masters’ in Social Work! My goal is to use my social work career to advocate for children and women living with HIV/AIDS and to help those in vulnerable situations realize their dreams and potential. *
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*quote taken from Meet Julian Alum — a Former Sponsored Child From Uganda | Change The Story