His father was a soldier and died in Somalia on a peacekeeping mission.

His mother now makes baskets for a living, but it is not enough to live on. Sometimes weeks go by without a sale. She has little peace. Only worries.

Arnold is shy – he hardly says a word. Teachers say he doesn’t participate much in class. Yet all his assignments are correct, and he performs well academically. He listens, studies and learns.

Arnold began 5th grade (P.5) on january 6, 2023. In Uganda, primary education ends with P.7 (7th grade). The question of what will happen to him in the future starts to have urgency. He has consistently performed well, ranking in the top five or better in his class.

What he needs more than anything is someone who will help him finish primary and, if his performance continues to be good, help him attend secondary education. This would be a major step towards having a real future … or to be more correct, a major and necessary step to having any future at all.
This is the price of being a soldier in Somalia on a peacekeeping mission.