Bronia lost her mother seven years ago to AIDS.

Her father also has AIDS.  She functionally lost him eight years ago when he left home to look for work in Kampala. He sends a little money when he can, but it is expensive to make the trip home to see Unity, so she has grown up not really knowing him. 

We have had Bronia tested, and she is HIV negative.

During COVID, through no fault of her own, she lost her sponsorship

She is a sweet girl, now eleven years old, only in 5th grade (P.5) because her father could not afford to send her to school on time.  Her schoolwork has been good. She was ranked 5th in her class for the last exams.

For a girl like Bronia the future is the toss of a coin.

With a sponsor, she might eventually go to secondary school, do a vocational program, find a job and be confident, self-supporting and not quick to marry.

Without a sponsor she will end up in an early marriage, have too many children and struggle to feed them all her life.

For a girl in rural Uganda, those are the only two paths – unless something worse happens.