The Redeemer Childern's Home is based in Moyo District in northern Uganda. It is run by the Sacred Heart Sisters, under the watchful eye of Sister Pasqua Binen.
The Home was greatly affected by the conflict caused by the Ugandan government troops and the Lord's Resistance Army. Some of the young people living in the Home either lived in the bush with the rebel group, or they lost their families due to the violence.
But in a place where all energy is going to rebuilding and not dwelling on the past, we have much cause for celebration.
A young girl who had been part of the LRA against her will and later came to the Home several years ago was supported by IRT throughout her primary and secondary schooling. Now that she has completed her education, she has been accepted onto a degree to become a nursery teacher. We are absolutely delighted for her and have committed to paying her fees throughout her training.
Sister Pasqua also told us about a young boy who she has put forward to be supported by IRT. Throughout his time at the Redeemer Children's Home, he has taken great interest in the animals they keep there. Sister Pasqua tells us he is very hardworking, and even now when he is no longer at the Home he comes and helps out with the animals over the holidays. He recently sat an exam to gain entry to a veterinary degree in Kampala. He passed the exam, which he told Sister Pasqua he felt was due to his extensive experience of working with the animals at the Home. He will start his degree in July and it will last for 5 years. IRT has committed to support him throughout his training as well.
I am so pleased to be able to share this bit of news with you. It is inspiring how hard these young people work and how adamant they are to improve their situations so that they can live independent, dignified and fulfilling lives.