My name is Magdalene and I am 15 years old. My father passed away a few years ago after he got sick. I stay with my mother and my younger sister, Miriam. Life has been difficult for us as a family though my mother has ensured that we all stay together. She says strong families stay together. My mother has been sick with TB so she’s unable to work much, and things have even gotten more difficult. Though she loves me and would make every effort to assist me, our resources are limited to only what my mother can put on the table. My mother was introduced to Kulea, by Manna Bible Church, and they have helped us with some of these burdens. I am thankful that God has made it possible for me to have friends in Kulea, knowing that there are many girls my age who are not as lucky. I pray every day that Kulea will continue to help us and enable me to continue on in secondary school. I would like to be a productive member of my community and also be able to assist my mother and sister when I finish my schooling. I enjoy cooking, reading poetry and writing. I hope to be an engineer someday.