Serena was living with both of her parents when she first lost her father in December 2012 at the age of eight. After the death of her father, she was left with her mother along with her little brother. Her mother was the only person for their survival. She struggled to provide feeding, education, and basic survival needs. One year after the death of her husband, she got seriously sick and died shortly from an unknown illness.
After the death of her both parents, Serena’s Aunt, Anna Monjolo, took her in. With no dependable source of income, Serena’s needs were hardly met by her aunt, who had many children. Serena was not in school, her clothes were all torn up, and she appeared dirty. Serena’s aunt buys and sells bush meat from the rural area as a means of generating income. With the recent Ebola outbreak, this income diminished since bush meat is no longer allowed to be sold.
Serena is 11, but she is still in first grade due to lack of financial support even when both parents were alive. “I never used to end school year because my people did not have money to pay my school fees and buy books for me,” said Serena with tears set in her eyes.
We recently identified her and we found it necessary to accept Serena into the MOWCF Orphanage where we believe and hope her dreams for the future can be realized.