Cavine is the student we are sponsoring in 2019 at Kira Farm in Uganda. Here is some background information we have been sent from Kira, with a letter from Cavine at the end.
“Cavine is a hardworking young lady with a lovely character; she is bright and confident. Her name ‘Alimocan’, means there was domestic violence between her parents while she was in the womb, and leading up to her birth. She lives with her grandmother, her step-grandfather and her two children, Julian and Daniela. Her grandmother is looking after the children while Cavine is at Kira Farm.
“Cavine fell pregnant while she was at school, but the boy who fathered the child refused to accept any responsibility. She had her second child with her husband, but he used to drink and abuse her, so Cavine moved back home to her grandmother. Cavine and her grandparents live in the same compound. As is typical of Ugandan culture, Cavine sleeps in the same hut as her children and cooks for them daily. She is pleased to have left a garden full of crops for her children to eat while she is at Kira.
“Grandma owns 4 acres of land and Cavine has a further 6 acres of clan land on which she grows sweet potatoes, sim sim (sesame), maize, sorghum, beans, soya, tomatoes and onions. She makes around £100 from selling crops, which she uses to pay for school fees and household essentials such as salt and kerosene. Cavine also has three goats and 16 chickens. Life is hard, working in the sun and digging all day. Cavine says her hands and feet are like leather and have become very sore.
“Thanks to an uncle who was working in Iraq and willing to pay her school fees, Cavine made it to Senior 2. As a child Cavine dreamt of becoming a nurse, she would still like to go back to school if it were ever a possibility.
“After giving birth to her first child, Cavine gave the baby to the father’s mother and became a house girl in Kampala for five months. Life was very difficult as the husband made advances towards Cavine, so she returned home because she didn’t want any more trouble in her life. Cavine grew up during the 25 year war with the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) – a guerrilla group known for human rights atrocities which included abducting 40,000 children and forcing many to fight as child soldiers. The Ugandan government were unable to stop the LRA and the people of northern Ugandan had to leave their villages and live in government-run camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs). These camps were created for the safety of the people, but they were rife with disease and violence and had 1.7 million people living in them at the height of the conflict. When the LRA came to her village Cavine avoided being captured as she was harvesting in the garden. She spotted the LRA approaching through the maize, with their guns cocked, and she ran as fast as she could to escape. Many of her extended family and community were captured and killed. Cavine lived in an overcrowded camp for displaced people for five years, enduring unsafe and unsanitary conditions. After the conflict finished and people dispersed back to their homes, Cavine’s grandmother bought some land where the camp was based – the family still live there today.
“Most days Cavine collects firewood, spends time growing crops in her garden and collects three jerrycans of water from the local borehole. For fun she enjoys telling stories and entertaining people. The family only manage to eat once a day. Cavine has little in the way of possessions and says her children are the most valuable thing she has, she adores them. She struggles with not knowing her own father, and is in physical pain daily (she will have medical tests at Kira). Cavine is worried about getting married again, but would love a good man for a husband and two more children, possibly boys.
“Cavine wanted to join Kira Farm so she could change her life, learn skills and earn money for the future. She believes she was accepted as a result of her prayers, and God’s love. She was very surprised when she walked through the gates of Kira – she says the centre is far better than she ever imagined and she loves all the fruit trees and beautiful buildings. It’s early days but Cavine feels very comfortable. She is sleeping very well on a bed with sheets (a new experience), she is also enjoying having water on tap. Cavine is looking forward to studying tailoring, hairdressing and agriculture. Her dream is for her children to have an education, to build a house and be successful in her business. She is very pleased to be on Kira and is fully embracing the opportunity to have a fresh start in life.”
A Letter from Cavine
Greetings of joy from Uganda. I am happy to know that you (Pam and Ria) are representing the all church congregation of St Mary’s church who are sponsoring me. Do they all get to read my email? If yes please know that I love you all and thanks for being supporters of Amigos because it doing a great work.
I am the oldest girl on Kira and I thought I had suffered most but the past few weeks I have made lots of friends and hearing what other younger girls have had to go through was horrible but now everyone is getting happier and being more hopeful for the future.
It is a lovely sunny morning, already looking forward to learning a lot but in this particular email I wanted to inform you that I have been given a plot where I am going to be doing my farming practical. I am so excited because when I came into Kira, I had lost hope in farming. We have been having poor harvests in my village year after year and last year was horrible due to the changing weather but surprisingly enough I get onto Kira and the all place is covered with nice looking gardens.
The past few weeks we have been harvesting the maize that was planted by trainees of last year but the harvest has been overwhelming so I have been learning Farming God’s Way that is being practised on Kira and very soon I will be trying it out in my garden. I will late you know how that goes.
Thanks once again every one for sponsoring me, I am really having a great time.