WE SEE HOPE IN OLIVE
A story from RIDE, Uganda
Olive* is an orphan living with her grandmother and attending Rwamukora primary school in Uganda. In rural Uganda, orphans like Olive are particularly vulnerable to neglect and abuse. Many girls won’t get an education and will be married off to older men at a young age. Olive joined the RIDE child rights club because of what she saw going on around her: rape, corporal punishment at home and at school, children being denied the chance to even go to school.
She is now club vice chairperson. The club has taught her about her rights and responsibilities. “I hope to continue with my studies to high level of learning and I want to become a lawyer to defend children whose rights are being violated.” She wants to help people in the community, especially parents, reduce these issues and encourages other children to do the same.
*Name has been changed to protect confidentiality