During Team One’s trip to Uganda in 2007, recent secondary school graduate Douglas expressed an interest in becoming a nurse. The following year, after making sure this was something Douglas really wanted and was qualified to pursue, CTT began sponsoring him at Mengo Nursing and Midwifery School in Kampala. Douglas studied hard and performed well. He auditioned for and received the opportunity to perform in a dance/drum troupe outside of school. He frequently returned to the orphanage to help teach dance and drumming to the younger children. In May 2011, Douglas obtained his nursing degree. It was a momentous occasion for him and for the friends of CTT. Douglas became our first post-secondary school graduate. With our continued assistance, he will be a paid intern at the medical clinic at the orphanage for the next 18 months (and he continues to volunteer as a dance/drum teacher). The children look up to Douglas and admire his accomplishments. They now know that, in spite of their difficult situations, with determination and hard work, they can make it… just as Douglas has.
Billy and Nelson have been CTT-sponsored secondary school students for the past several years. They graduated with good grades in December, 2010. Both boys expressed a desire to attend University. After applications and strenuous examinations, Billy and Nelson were both accepted to Makere University in Kampala. Classes began in August, 2011. Billy will study Business Administration, and Nelson will pursue a degree in Computer Science.
Ssemanda Henry has completed his vocational studies obtaining a Certificate in Electricity from Nakawa Vocational Institute in November 2012. Henry is a full orphan who has been a member of the SMK community since Primary 2. Henry was one of the first students sponsored by CTT in 2007 during his Senior 2 year in Secondary school. Henry already had an interest in electrical work. Through his sponsorship, CTT was able to provide Henry with an academic opportunity to expand his knowledge base and skill set within the electrical field, thus preparing Henry for Uganda’s competitive job market. Within only 3 months of his vocational completion, Henry now has his first job with RES (Rio Engineering Services) installing electrical services to homes and businesses. In his future, Henry wants to own his own electrical company and specialty shop for electrical supplies. Henry shared that CTT sponsorship meant security in his studies. “When I went to school, I did not have to worry about my school fees being paid. Here in Uganda that is a big problem. I never had to worry about not completing my studies.” CTT sponsorship also offered opportunity and a more secure future for Henry. “Because of CTT I have achieved skills. I now have a job. Thank you for what you have done for me. You have changed my life.”