Divensi Zalwango is an 80-year-old widow and mother of 11. Of her 11 children, only 4 sons are still living. Divensi has grandchildren but they do not live with her. She currently lives alone in a brick and cement house with 4 partially finished rooms. She receives some assistance from a friend’s son, Bashir, who helps her cultivate food from land she gave him. He also helps her get medicine at the nearby health center when needed.
Nosiata Nakawunde is a ROTOM volunteer. She prepares meals for the fellowship and regularly makes home visits to ROTOM seniors. However, Nosiata is getting older herself and at 65 is responsible for the care of 5 grandchildren, ranging in age from 3 to 15. The home she shares with her husband is in very poor condition and as his health fails, Nosiata finds that more and more of the responsibility for the household falls on her shoulders. She works hard to make sure that she can pay her grandchildren’s school tuition and somehow she finds time to serve her community as well.
Namusisi Twagalana lives in the home of her late father, with 2 of her school age grandchildren and a mentally ill sister. She is 75 years old and has had 11 children, two of which have passed away. She is grateful for the help of her children, but her health is very poor and she is in need of medical care, which her family cannot afford.