I am Habumuremyi Godfrey from southwestern Uganda, Kisoro district, Muramba Sub County, Nyagakenke village. I am currently a student at Makerere University pursuing Bachelor’s in Agricultural and Rural Innovations. I extend my sincere gratitude towards the people I cherish so much and among others include; Mgahinga Community Development Organisation and Mgahinga Community Sponsorship Scheme staff, my sponsors for the support and everybody who helped me in one way or the other that enabled me reach this far.
How I came to know the sponsorship program and how it has helped me.
It was in 2005 after I had completed senior one (S.1) at Kabindi secondary school when I wanted to drop out of the school due to difficulties my mother had in paying the school fees. While interacting with fellow students from Mgahinga area, they told me about Mgahinga Community Sponsorship Scheme (MCSS) and I took the courage to meet the concerned people where I met Mr. Festo Kamanzi with whom I shared the challenges I had and later they granted me a sponsorship opportunity.
The condition was very worse when I came in contact with the program because I had dropped out of the school after secondary one as my mother could not pay my school fees.
The program has done for me so many things up to date by paying me school fees or tuition, involving me in some annual student meetings where I have interacted with many students, helped me to gain letter writing skills and giving me some allowances especially at the university.
The program helped me from ordinary level (O’level, S.2 to S.4) at Kabindi Secondary School 2005-2007, Advanced level (A’level S.5 to S.6) at Kisoro Vision S.S 2008-2009 and still helping me at Makerere University in Kampala.
Today I am doing well and my family having seen where the program has reached me is now coming close and give me any help they can. However without the program, I would have not reached this far as I was going to drop out after completing only S.1.
My future plans after finishing my bachelors of agricultural and rural innovations at Makerere University are to transform the livelihoods of rural communities together with the MCDO as follows;
1) Working together with the MCDO and my fellow beneficiaries of this program to help other youth or young generation get education as we were helped.
2) Establish poultry enterprise in Kisoro District to deliver some services concerning poultry management and creating job opportunities to the community people.
3) Organizing some training on both crop and animal management to help the communities start farming as a business (offering some agricultural advisory services to people).
Finally, I thank all the stakeholders who make sure that MCSS and MCDO are ever successful towards achieving their objectives and goals and to us the academicians we are challenged to always draw some lessons from the past experiences. Moreover, if you do not know where you are coming from and where you are going, then you will not know when you have reached. Therefore, as we spell out our future plans, let us determine where we are, where we intend to go and how we can get where we want to be in future. However, this will again call for participatory efforts from stakeholders to accomplish planned activities. This is due to the fact that man as an individual can never be the solution or end of his/her challenges but requires both internal and external interventions through networking and partnering with other stakeholders. Therefore my fellow beneficiaries let us not work in isolation but in integrated efforts as we transform the livelihoods of communities together with MCDO.