Shadiah is seven years old and an orphan. She was born to Ssenyonjo (decased) and Aisha Nakaye. The late father passed on five years back but she was abandoned by the mother at an age of 18 months. The information that reaches Shadiah’s guardian is that Nakaye is here and there trying to make ends meet for herself. Communications from her to check on her child is really scarce. However, she (Nakaye Aisha) is a daughter to Namusisi Bitijuma, the guardian to Shadiah. The real whereabouts of Shadiah’s mother are not known. Currently (2017), she is in Top class at Nkumba Preparatory Primary School.
About Bitijuma Nakazibwe
She is a married woman aged fifty. She never had a chance to go to school in her life. She has and bore ten children. Six of them are to the first home she got married in and the four belong to the second man where she is. She is also the primary guardian to Kasawuli Sunday and Nakazibwe Shadiah. The four children are all below eighteen years of age. Nakazibwe’s parents and close relatives, sisters and brothers all passed on. She is all alone. She was given Kasawuli when he was 3 years old. Since Baby class, she has been toiling to ensure that he attains education. Shadiah was an infant who had not yet even learnt how to say a single word by the time she was abandoned by her mother to Nakazibwe.
Bitijuma says that the father to Kasawuli was very alcoholic and negligent about children’s rights. She goes on to say that he would hardly support his own children. The housing structure at Nsazi island are temporary and of poor quality with no privacy and most children are insecure. In her home, she currently has eight children. Two are above 18 years and the six are below that age. The big boy in the home goes goes to quarrying to offer casual labor and earn some money at the end of the day. The big girl in the home helps the mother (Nakazibwe Bitijuma) dig in people’s farms and sell tomatoes too to get some money. This girl has a brain complication and most times she needs to be closer to an individual who understands her situation and is patient with her.
Nakazibwe faces a challenge of insubstantial financial level in that the money is not enough to cater for all necessities that all the children in the home are meant to have. This includes things like food, clothing, healthcare and education. About the husband to Nakazibwe, he is a fisherman but sometimes he farms on borrowed land spaces. Since of recent, there is no ore space given to him to allow him grow any foods because most people have sold off their land. This has compromised the health status of the whole family. The situation id really very hard at home.