A Covenant Mercies Story: From Orphan to Teacher

Orphans+Uganda+Testimonies+Hope Community Primary School // March 9, 2021 //

Mildred and her kindergarten students are ready for their first day of school at Hope Community Primary School.

Before she was even born, Mildred’s life was marked by trials. Her father died of AIDS while she was in her mother’s womb, and her mother passed away of the same disease eight years later. This left Mildred and her four older siblings to care for themselves. 

When Mildred finished her elementary education, her older brother told her that he couldn’t afford to send her to secondary school. Her best option for providing for herself was to learn to grow food and sell it in the local marketplace. Mildred was left with little hope for a promising future. 

Through networks in the community, Moses Nkwatsibwe, Covenant Mercies’ program coordinator in Western Uganda, learned about Mildred’s situation. In 2014, she was enrolled in our Orphan Sponsorship Program, which allowed her to attend secondary school where she worked hard in her studies and learned about the redemptive love of Jesus Christ. 

Mildred started teaching the kindergarten class at Hope Community Primary School, our newly opened school in Kiburara. She was hired for the job after interviewing competently and impressing Head Teacher Rosabella Sabiiti with her engagement, insightful questions and performance as a teacher. Mildred now leads a class of kindergarten students, most of whom are orphans growing up under the care of our Sponsorship Program, just as she once was. She is able to understand and relate to these children in a personal way, knowing the pain and hardship of parental loss herself.

“I am now fulfilling a mission that I had by helping little children both spiritually and physically so that they can meet their goals too … Thank you for being a pillar of strength to my life … may God bless you abundantly.”   – Mildred