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This piece was written as part of a partnership between the Teen Voices Programme and Mirembe Cottage of Street Girls, an organization that aims to get girls off the streets of Uganda.
My first day at Mirembe Cottage
It was on 8th of December 2011, the first day I came to Mirembe. Uncle Daniel and Uncle Amos came to Jinja street to meet street children. They interviewed me on a number of issues, like if I was going to school and I told them no. I explained to them that I ended in P:4.
The life on the street was so hard. I was discriminated against, lacked food and water, and even my education had ended. So I am grateful that I was taken away from this place.
The next day they came back and registered our names, and they took me to triangle area where other street children used to stay.
It was an exciting day and a new day in life once again.
They prepared us a good dinner, and after dinner, they took us back to the street. We used to come on a daily basis. This is because we did not have mattresses and beds in that first place.
Luckily enough a volunteer, called Andrea, who came to visit the premises saw the condition. He offered to buy us mattresses and beds. This marked the end of my street life because I started staying at the triangle before we came here permanently.
I am very happy now, and I am living a good life. I am attending school and am now in my tertiary education. I am very hopeful that I am going to be one of the influential women and I would like to advocate for girls education.
By Pulcol Margaret