Sarah* never knew her mother or father. She was taken in by her extended family at birth. Sadly, the shame and resentment they felt towards her mother was directed at Sarah and she grew up facing verbal abuse and mistreatment until, at age 13, she ran away to live on the streets of Kampala, the capital of Uganda.
In Kampala, Sarah joined a group of other young people living on the streets and began a relationship with one of the boys. Sarah was eventually taken in by a family who hired her to be a house helper. One day as she was taking the family’s children to school on a motorbike taxi she received a bad burn from the exhaust pipe, so the family took her to hospital. Here they found that she was pregnant as well as being HIV positive. The family was outraged and kicked Sarah out.
Sarah was crushed by their rejection and succumbed to a crippling anxiety attack. She was taken to a psychiatrist who referred Sarah to Wakisa Ministries. Sarah arrived at the Wakisa Centre during lockdown and, after the two-week isolation period, was able to join the other girls.
While at the centre, Sarah worked together with Wakisa’s counsellors and psychiatrist to address her depression and anxiety. She also joined in with vocational tailoring training and learned to make many items, impressing her teachers with her progress and aptitude.