Normally a child going into 1st grade would be six years old. Bekemu recently started 1st grade and is nine. “Normal” is not a good word when thinking about the children of Bwindi.
The school cannot take in all the many, many children whose families have no money. Sometimes a child must wait and start when he or she is older – if at all.
Although Bekemu’s father has a job carrying supplies, bricks, etc. to construction sites, his income is meager. His mother does what she can to grow a few vegetables in their tiny yard, but there is not enough for Bekemu, his three step brothers and one step sister.
At school, Bekemu is a confident child who likes speaking up in class and playing soccer with his friends. He also likes working hard in school.
Normal is not good for a child who needs a sponsor.