Abariyo Enock

Mwesigwa Baron
May 31, 2016
Ahumuza Owen
May 31, 2016

Abariyo Enock

Enock is a very humble boy from Kabale Primary School. He is currently in P7 and was promoted from P6 with the best grades in the whole class. He is very passionate about getting an education and told us he has to study hard and complete school so that he can help his mother to take care of the siblings.

Enock’s father died of HIV when he was very young. His mother has lived on for more than 10 years on medication. Her condition has not stopped her from caring for other children who are in need. He is from a poor home and is the second eldest of 7 children. 5 of the remaining children are not his biological brothers and sisters. They were picked up by his mother after they had been dumped by their parents. She decided to take them in and take care of them.

Enock is the only one of the 7 that goes to school. His mother tries hard to raise school fees for him through casual labor that she does for other people. At times, she does not get those jobs because of being stigmatized.

An uncle of Enock once told her, “Why you are wasting money on this boys school fees when he has no future at all? When you die what will happen? He will drop out of school. Let him stay home and do all kinds of jobs so that he can provide food for the siblings.” That did not discourage his mother and him. He told his mother he will do everything he can to go to school and help her feed the family. Enoch grows crops to be able to contribute to his school fees. This is also a struggle. He has a brother whose job is to sabotage his schooling in any way, but that does not discourage or bring him down. He continues his struggle with his head held high.

Enock wants to be an engineer when he finishes school. His passion is playing soccer. He plays for a team at his church called the Pentecostal Assemblies of God.