At age 2, Sharon's father died of AIDS and by age 3 her mother had died as well leaving Sharon to live with her uncle. Her uncle's wife did not care for her which led to frequent beatings. After spending up to four days at a time on the street, Sharon would return to her uncle's home only to be beaten again and again. These beatings led to psychological trauma and emotional abnormalities. Uncle Fred found Sharon on the streets in 2011.
Born: 2001 Marion's father died when she was three years old. Her mother could no longer take care of all her children and sent Marion to live with her uncle. During her stay there she was abused by her uncle's wife and kept as a domestic slave. For a couple of years Marion spent her time between her mother's house and the uncle. She ended up making her way to the streets at the age of nine and was rescued by SGU after seven months of street life. Marion hopes to become a nurse one day and loves being at school. Her favorite subject is Science. She likes to run around and play games and outside, sing, and dance for fun when she is at the SGU village.
Nancy's father died of AIDS and her mother is HIV positive and unable to care for her. While most young girls in this situation would commute back and forth between home and town to try to find food, Nancy could not because her home was too far away. As such she was a full time street child for 3 and a half years. She was abused on the street by fellow street boys and she developed skin related diseases and abused drugs. Nancy was taken in by SGU in 2011. She finds happiness with helping others around the village, playing with her new friends, praying, washing clothes, mopping and making bracelets. Her favorite subject is English and she hopes to be a nurse someday.
Born: 2004 Miriam's parents died of AIDS when she was very young. As a little girl she faced frequent beatings while being forced to wash clothes and babysit. By age 4, Miriam often fled to the streets to escape the abuse and commuted between home and the streets for nearly 3 years. When she was just 7, Miriam found her way to the Children's Village through Sarah, a fellow Saving Grace girl. Miriam thrives at the Children's Village by helping the house mothers, excelling in school and taking care of the younger girls. Her love for school and Religious Education has led to her dreams of becoming a teacher.
Teddy's parents died in a car accident. Her older brothers could take care of themselves but she was the only girl and the youngest in her family. Eventually she found her way to an aunt's home where she was forced into domestic work. She was not treated well and she would flee to the street only to find more abuse and continual hunger. She lived on the street for 2 years until she was rescued by SGU in 2012. Teddy is thriving at SGU and enjoys reading, volleyball, talking with friends reading, and dancing. She helps by washing clothes, pumping water and mopping. Teddy hopes to become a nurse someday.
Born: 2004 Monica's father died in a car accident and her mother died of AIDS. She was brought to Lira from her village, 78 Kilometers away and then abandoned to find work or live on the streets. She was abused by boys that lived on the streets as well as people that used her for labor. She lived on the streets for 31/2 years until she was rescued by SGU in 2011. Monica studies hard in school and she enjoys reading, speaking English, playing tag, dancing, singing, and cooking. She hopes to be a doctor someday.
Although Lillian never lived on the streets, Saving Grace Children's Village has become her home just like all other children. Lillian's mother worked as a housemother at the Saving Grace Village before falling deathly ill. Without the ability to work, Lillian's mother had no way to pay for Lillian to go to school and nowhere for her to live. Saving Grace openly accepted Lillian to stay at the village and attend school. She has become an integral part of the SGU community, serving as a leader in many different ways. In school, Lillian is drawn to English and mathematics and is on her way to fulfilling her dream of working as an Accountant.
Sarah was the first girl ever taken in by Uncle Fred. After her parents died of AIDS when she was very young, Sarah went to live with her Aunt. Unfortunately her aunt soon died as well. She is a quiet leader of the village, and is instrumental in bringing in new girls from the streets because her relationships with children still living there. She has a beautiful singing voice and loves leading worship, cleaning, acting, and studying. Her favorite subject is English and she dreams of becoming a lawyer.
Before finding a home at the Saving Grace Children's Village, Esther spent 2 years on the streets. Her mother was mad which led to the divorce of her parents when she was very young. After the divorce, Esther began working as a house girl making just enough money to buy food for survival. Shortly after coming to SGU, Esther began playing an important role at the village by helping bring other girls into Saving Grace. Many of the younger girls look up to her as a role model and as an exceptional math and English student, Esther dreams of working as an Accountant.