It is no ordinary situation for a young girl like Dolly Ejang to excel in academics amidst social and economic challenges. Even after living a difficult childhood after the death of her father at the age of three, Dolly’s dream was to become medical personnel but this would never have become a reality hadn’t Reach Out Mbuya Community Health Initiative (ROM) in partnership with SIDECOLE come to her rescue to provide school fees.
Dolly Etyang with her mother on graduation Day at Lubaga Hospital Training School.
Today, the 22-year-old resident of Mbuya in Nakawa division Kampala boasts with a certificate in Midwifery from Lubaga Hospital Nursing School. Dolly greatly appreciates the support she received from ROM under the Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) program.
“ROM has done great work in my life. I remember after primary seven, I had failed to join school until ROM picked me up in 2018 and sponsored my education. Here I am now, graduating as a midwife.” Dolly Etyang proudly said immediately after her graduation ceremony.
Left, the School Principal, Dolly, Sr.Bernadette, and Doreen Basemera, a ROM Social worker during one of the visits to the school. Right; Dolly with other girls supported by ROM, also graduated as Laboratory technicians.
Dolly’s mother shares the joy of her daughter’s milestone. “It has not been a simple journey for my daughter to complete school, but I thank God and ROM for being there for her. I remember a day when I cried at this school because I completely failed to pay my child’s fees.” She said.
Dolly is one of the many vulnerable children supported by ROM with various services including education, health, social protection and psychological support among others. She hopes to upgrade and be in a better position to help other children.