Adyeri is in her mid-90s. She was married to a Muganda man when she was eleven years old and taken away from her village and family. Her firstborn child arrived when she was twelve years old. Her husband, Mukasa, was considered a wealthy man. They lived in Bbunga in an area just above the lower slums in the capital of Uganda. She describes her married life as difficult from the beginning because she missed her family and felt exiled in her own country. There was much for her to learn in her new culture: a new language, a hotter climate than that of her home village, and most difficult, how to be a wife and mother at such a young age. She gave birth to nine children and five died of AIDS, which left many grandchildren in her care. This list included her granddaughter Gloria, one of our sponsored children. (See photo).
The generous and selfless hearts of Adyeri and her husband continue to serve struggling women around Bbunga. Her husband built several rentals on their property, yet most families stayed for free because they could not afford rent. Moses, one of our sponsored boys who studies at the University, testifies that without Adyeri’s kind heart, he and his four siblings would have been homeless.
The average age for a woman in Uganda is sixty-two years old. Adyeri says it has been a blessing to live such a long life and able to help her many grandchildren and neighboring families. Gloria was selected for sponsorship of her education by a wonderful family who has pledged to support her through her remaining years of school.
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