Adeke Faith comes from a family of seven children. Her father is a pastor and both parents spend time growing their small garden. Her older brother has led the way through education in her family, having just completed his studies. Faith describes him as “free and approachable,” and often goes to him for advice. Her favorite part of school was an entrepreneurship course- where she and her classmates created a small business called “Divine Vegetable Salads” while they learned about calculation, accounting, and budgeting. They prepared and sold salads at school, and she loved running the small business. That should be no surprise, as she enjoys taking on responsibility in general and being held accountable for her work.
Linda has needed to overcome many challenges in her life, but that hasn’t stopped her from cultivating a wide variety of passions and interests. She enjoys chatting with friends, watching High School Musical, and economics. She also dreams of traveling to Japan. She’s seen a bit of it in Kung-Fu films and would love to get a glimpse of the culture and architecture in person. She’s even thinking she may want to run for president one day! She’s the youngest of four children, and lost her parents when she was young, but Linda has been determined to succeed and be hard-working. She has the support of a cousin who gives her somewhere to stay and is loving and full of good advice.
We’re excited to introduce you to Successor, one of the 11 young women who will work with Sseko for the next 9 months while earning an income for university in the fall!
Successor is the third born of seven children, and perhaps it’s that classic middle-child syndrome that gives her a little extra spunk. She’s already warming up to the camera in our Sseko photoshoots! Her younger sister shares that same energy, and keeps Successor entertained with funny stories about the people she meets.
Around the Uganda workshop, we jokingly refer to the past year as “baby season.” So many of our veteran staff gave birth this year, and many for the first time!
We’re happy to welcome so many new babies into the Sseko family, and asked some of our staff to weigh in on their favorite part about being a mother.
We’re excited to introduce you to Bridget, one of the 11 young women who will work with Sseko for the next 9 months while earning an income for university in the fall!
Bridget comes from a family of five children, with parents who are farmers. They are from the Kanungu District and grow their own vegetables, but their major crop is coffee. She enjoys learning about geography. One of Bridget’s favorite memories from school is exploring the Mpigi area on a class trip, where she saw a house made of glass bottles. But Bridget also has bigger dreams and would love to visit the mountains and forests in far-off places like Argentina and Sweden. In addition to her interests in geography, Bridget loves music, singing, dancing, smiling, and comedy. She has been to see a local comedian perform, and enjoys telling jokes of her own, too.
We’re excited to introduce you to Vicky, one of the 11 young women who will work with Sseko for the next 9 months while earning an income for university in the fall!
Ruth’s hero is her mother, who is a teacher. Though she has both parents, Ruth explains that her mother, just on her own, could manage school fees for the six children in her family. That level of tireless hard work is something she really admires. Ruth values such leadership, as sees it as key to improving life for women in a place where some “…look at women as inferior. They look at them as if they have nothing, that even if you’re to bring out some view, they don’t consider it.” She sees Sseko as a place to improve her leadership skills and train her for the future in terms of time management and approaching managers in the workplace.
One of Juliet’s proudest moments was in senior four, when she thought she wouldn’t have the money to pay for the final two years of secondary school. She’d already gone farther than most go in their education, and no one at home seemed bothered by her inability to finish. Juliet knew she had to continue, though, and asked around until she found out about the scholarship opportunity at our partner school, Cornerstone Leadership Academy. She went to the interviews on her own without telling anyone at home, and earned the scholarship completely on her own. She’s always appreciated her older brother, who is understanding and a good listener, and felt so proud when he heard the news and told her, “I love such bravery.”
While her future points toward a career in the sciences, Sandra also loves creative things, and is looking forward to the new skills she’ll learn at Sseko. She’s excited to find out more about how to make shoes and manage money. She comes from Sheema, an area of Uganda where most people raise small herds of cattle, and perhaps appropriately, she loves country music. She likes yogurt and cassava (starchy root vegetable), enjoys playing volleyball, and is interested in leadership and striving to lead an exemplary life.
One of Brenda’s favorite activities is walking around and exploring new places. Not only does it help with physical fitness, she explains, you can also meet new friends along the way. It may come as no surprise, then, that her favorite subject in school was geography. She’d love to explore the mountains of Switzerland one day, and her friendly nature will serve her well as she explores.