Eseza Nanyondo

Born on the 6th of July, 1995 Eseza is the 2nd child in her family. She fell ill with Malaria when she was three and because she was in an isolated village it took her family a long time before they could take her to Kampala, to a hospital. When she finally received medical care, the doctors didn’t think the outcome would be good.They still treated however and she miraculously pulled through it. Unfortunately, she lost her hearing in the process and woke up from the ordeal deaf. Her first memory from her childhood is that of her mother squeezing and shaking her vigorously, seemingly screaming at her to talk but she wasn’t entirely sure.Her parents did not know how to help her after she lost her hearing, so they just left her to herself. She spent a long time at home entertaining herself. She felt very neglected  and would voice her frustration by refusing to do household chores and hiding from everyone else as much as she could. Her siblings thought she was strange so they would make fun of her and force her to do their work as well.As a non-productive member of the family she was fed less than the rest and found herself having to steal food from the neighbors to keep herself going. She tried asking to be sent to school on several occasions but was told that they didn’t have enough money.

Finally, in 2006 the police from her village took her to Good Samaritan and she was enrolled in the school. Her aunt helped her buy clothes, shoes and the other things she needed to become a border.In the holidays, she was sent to her grandmother’s house since it was the closest from school. Eseza had many friends in the neighborhood and would love to play with them. However, her grandmother saw her as a disgrace to the family, so she forbade her from going outside. She was instead grounded with all the household duties – peeling the matoke (bananas), cleaning the house and fetching water. Her brother and neighbours would help her secretly when her grandmother was not at home and she persevered. What she couldn’t accept however was being told not to go to church with the rest of the family.  She would sometimes slip out of the house and attend Sunday mass. When she came back home her grandmother wouldn’t reprimand her but rather waited till she was in bed and everyone else was asleep when she would go to Eseza and beat her up. On the days when her grandfather heard this he would put a stop to it and on many occasions but didn’t do much to prevent it. They even had to take her to the hospital a couple times when they found he beaten to a bloody pulp.It took Eseza a long time to gather the courage to tell her father that she was unhappy there. Eventually though, when she did so, he moved her from the village to live in Kampala with her aunt for the holidays.

Eseza is now in P5 at Good Samaritan. Her favourite subject is science and she is very good at dancing and playing sports. She aspires to be a professional tennis player in the future.


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