Yuda has always had a love of education, and was smart even as a young child.
His father, Maurice, is a primary school teacher in rural Uganda, and education was encouraged. Unfortunately, Maurice’s income as a teacher wasn’t always enough to cover school fees and other family needs.
As the fifth child among eight siblings, Yuda said, “[the] chances of me joining school were slim because of money problems.”
In Uganda, as in many other countries, students must pay fees to attend public school. If the fees aren’t paid, the child is refused schooling. This was the future facing Yuda and his siblings.
Maurice learned about Unbound and asked for help. Yuda was sponsored by Mary from Montana when he was 8 years old and was able to attend school without worrying about unpaid fees.
“After being sponsored, life became better,” Yuda said. “We could even get food from the [Unbound] program, as well as attend school without ever being sent home for school fees. … The fact that my school fees were paid for gave me a reason to center all my attention on class work.”
Yuda’s focus helped him excel in school. He maintained good grades and received encouragement from his family and his sponsor. Yuda met that same level of encouragement when he decided to continue his education past high school.
Though as a teen he wanted to be a lawyer, Yuda decided to get his bachelor’s degree in education. He graduated with honors, and recently completed his master’s in educational policy and planning.
To top off his academic success, Yuda is taking his knowledge and passing it on to others. Not only is he teaching part time at a local primary school, but he’s already had three textbooks published, one on history and the other two on economics, and is writing a fourth.
After sponsoring Yuda for almost 20 years, Mary couldn’t be more proud.
“All of his accomplishments are due to his very strong work ethic, his determination, the support of his family in Uganda and the grace of God,” Mary said. “I can hardly believe that the little boy in the picture we first received from [Unbound] is today the handsome young man who has done so much with his life. I give the credit to Unbound for being there for him — for making the connection between us 20 years ago and for supporting him at the university.”
Yuda has done so much with the opportunities being sponsored through Unbound offered him, but there’s still more he wants to achieve.
“My dream is to pursue a doctorate in Economic Policy and to be a full-time publisher,” he said. “I also look forward to working with other Unbound members so that they can publish more. … Unbound children should fully use the opportunity [of sponsorship]. If they lose it, they lose it all.”
Thinking about his own success, Yuda had nothing but thanks for those who helped him.
“No words can express my heartfelt gratitude to my sponsor, Mary,” Yuda said. “She has made me who I am today, and that is why I dedicate my success to her. I am equally grateful to the [Unbound program in Uganda] for their support, cooperation and encouragement.”
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