"I would like to thank the donor. God bless them so much and I’m feeling very well."
A note of appreciation from Trevor
In Uganda, public education is not free. Many children are unable to attend school due to financial constraints, poverty, and a lack of access to educational resources. These factors perpetuate a cycle of vulnerability and limit their opportunities for a better life.
Pipeline’s education support programs provide these children with the financial support they need to cover school fees, uniforms, and essential supplies, enabling them to pursue their education without the burden of financial hardship.
Supporting young people in Uganda to return and stay in school is a crucial step towards breaking the cycle of poverty and empowering them for a brighter future. Education is the cornerstone of personal development, economic growth, and social progress. It equips individuals with the knowledge, skills, and values necessary to navigate life’s challenges especially in a country like Uganda.
Earlier this year Sister Rosemary shared with the Pipeline team the story of 14-year-old Trevor Rwothimio. At six months old Trevor underwent surgery to treat hydrocephalus (a condition in which an accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid occurs within the brain) after his parents realized his head was growing at an alarming rate.
At walking age, Trevor experienced weakness in his limbs and had to use a single crutch to stand or walk. As he got older, his upper limbs slowly failed which led to complete immobility and confinement.
Even though Trevor is in good health overall and excels in school, Sister Rosemary reached out to Pipeline to see if Trevor could get some additional help with resources to improve his life. Answering the call Pipeline Worldwide immediately provided Trevor with a new wheelchair, bedding, clothes, and food supplies.
We first met William at Bless a Child’s Akiba Home when he was there taking care of his younger nephew, Vincent, who was receiving cancer treatment in Kampala. Due to his caretaking responsibilities, William had to drop out of school after completing senior 4 (equivalent to a sophomore in high school). He spent two years as a caretaker before we were able to send him back to school. William is now in his final year of high school and hoping to make it to university to study finance and accounting. A special thanks to Nicole and Pratt Ray for their support of William.
Idiku Edin Albert
Edin is an outspoken and spirited 9-year-old. He loves football, music, painting, and science, and hopes to become a doctor someday. His father, Bessi Bernard Eburu (Moyo General Hospital’s Administrator) shared this story with us. “One day I suggested that we take a walk to town, but I only had one face mask. So, I asked him who he thought should wear the mask. Without thinking much, he said certainly it was him. I asked him why, and he said that if anybody between us had to die of COVID, it should be me. I asked why again, and he said, “You gave birth to me and my sisters, and you have had time to do many other things. I should therefore remain to replace you and also do my part.” I was shocked, but I said “Fine, I get your point,” and I gave the mask to him. Pipeline Worldwide supports Edin’s primary school fees and looks forward to working with him as a future leader in Moyo.
Gloria’s father passed away from HIV, and her mother is terminally ill with the same disease. Due to the progression of the disease, her mother is no longer able to provide for Gloria and her two siblings. The children have all been separated and our friend, Bessi Bernard Eburu, has taken Gloria in. When Gloria’s mother became ill the funds for her school fees had to be reallocated for treatment. Gloria dropped out of school after the first term of senior four (equivalent to a high school sophomore). Pipeline Worldwide has supported Gloria’s education for the last two years, and she is currently awaiting the results of her Uganda National Board Exams. We wish to extend a special thanks to Dave and Nancy Pooley for their support of Gloria.
Faith is a shy and intelligent 14-year-old girl who likes English. Due to an early separation between her parents, she has stayed in different homes and has had to switch school multiple times. Due to this lack of stability, Faith lost self esteem and confidence. Pipeline Worldwide has now supported her enrollment at St. Thomas Aquinas College where she is thriving and has a goal to become a lawyer in the future.
Emmanuel was abandoned by his mother at birth. His grandmother attempted to take care of him, but he became homeless and desperate when she passed away. He went from home to home and did whatever odd jobs he could find for survival (farming, gardening, fishing, cutting papyrus) until a good Samaritan took him in. When her husband died, one of the sisters from the Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus attended his funeral and saw Emmanuel’s unfavorable condition. She took pity on him and took him to Redeemer Children’s Home in Moyo, Uganda. This is where he found hope and new life. Emmanuel developed a passion for medicine. His desire is to help the sick and relieve their pain. Through his childhood experience he understands the impact of a helping hand and wants to make a difference in the community that saved him. Pipeline Worldwide has funded 3½ of his 5 years of medical school. We look forward to his graduation in 2024. We wish to extend a special thanks to Vicki and Albert Heller for their support.
"Dear Pipeline, we need more people like you in the world. I appreciate your kindness and thoughtfulness. Appreciate all of your help during this difficult time. You’ve been a solid, kind presence throughout. Thanks for coming to my rescue when I was in need. It means a lot to me. God bless you please."
A note of appreciation from Emmanuel