“Life, in general, has not been so smooth on my side,” says Alice Lamunu, a sponsored child with Food for the Hungry’s Uganda program.
That’s putting it mildly.
Six years ago, when Alice was eight years old, she lost both her mother and father. Her brother and three sisters moved in with their uncle’s family. All told there were more than 10 children in her uncle’s household, both biological and adopted children.
As is the case with many orphans, Alice shuttled back and forth between the households of her uncle and her grandparents. At the time that FH entered her community, she was living with her grandparents.
“We were living in abject poverty with nothing to put on the table,” Alice says. “We ate one meal a day, we had poor shelter, and getting money for medical treatments, school fees, and scholastic materials was very difficult.”
Alice’s brother and sisters had dropped out of school. Alice didn’t know how she could possibly continue to stay in school either.
“The situation made me become too bitter in my heart. Tears were my daily food – asking God, why us?”
God Had a Bigger Plan — with Goats
But through Food for the Hungry, Alice says she realized that the words of Jeremiah 29:11 are true – that God had a bigger plan for her future.
A family in the United Kingdom started sponsoring Alice at the beginning of her school year, in February 2011. Using the primary school as a training base, FH distributed goats to some of the pupils. As a group, they learned to care for the goats.
Alice gave that first goat the name “Gum” which means “blessing” in Alice’s native tongue, Luo. To date Blessing the goat has lived up to her name, producing seven goats for Alice’s herd!
“Last year I sold two goats and I used the money I raised to pay for my school fees, school uniform, a pair of shoes, and books and pens. This year I’ve sold one goat and used it to pay part of my school fees,” Alice says. “The balance of the money I will keep for emergencies and other needs as they arise.”
Life After the Goats
Now approaching 15 years old, Alice continues to advance in school. She’s in sixth grade and looking ahead to finishing high school and entering nursing school.
She says, “God has heard my prayer and restored my hope and my smile, and has wiped away my tears. I know by His grace that I will achieve my dream of becoming a medical nurse. I hope to help my brother and sisters who dropped out of school, my community members and other needy children one day.”