This is Laban (aged 12). He is in Primary 5 at Uphill Junior School
Laban has four brothers and one sister and they live with their mother and grandmother, approximately 2 kilometres from Iruhuura Trading Centre. He walks to school, and back home home again, each day.
Laban's family make a meagre living by selling building aggregate. After school he spends the hours before dark collecting stones and pebbles from the roadside to be broken up into smaller pieces by hand by the adults in the family.
Laban and his mum breaking stones together - he and his mum are partners in the business and they laugh whilst they work
Laban is one of the great debaters at Uphill Junior School. He is on the school debating team and has won many prizes for his deft arguments. In addition to Debating he loves Soccer and Running and, in his rare spare time, he loves to climb trees.
The teachers at Uphill strongly believe that Laban will do well in the Primary Leavers Examinations at the end of Primary 7, but he will probably not have the opportunity to attend Secondary School as the school fees are very expensive and the family are unlikely be able to afford it.
Laban is delighted that he has been chosen to receive the gift of a mattress, blanket, mosquito net and school uniform from a generous donor in Scotland. Like many children in the poorer communities of Uganda, such things are sadly a luxury that most families cannot afford.
Laban's benefactor chose the items she wanted to donate from the Alternative Gifts page of our website. Laban is desperately in need of a sponsor to allow him to beome a boarder at the school. If you would like to help Laban, or any of the other children in Iruhuura community, there is more information on the Pupil Support Fund webpage, or you can contact the Trustees directly.
UPDATE: The Pupil Support Fund is now helping Laban to attend school regularly and to live locally during term time. He and his mum are delighted!
Thank you to everyone who has supported The Uphill Trust - together we are helping to change lives.
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