EFCA – It took other people to believe in me to see that I could do it
At the age of 15, Efca was registered in the Unreached Africa program to go back to school. “I didn’t think that I would ever be any thing in life or even go back to school after a long while,” Efca says.
Like so many girls her age in her village and district at large, Efca thought that all hope was gone as is a story for many.
A large number of girls in the unreached communities of Uganda especially in the dry areas of Nakasongola are viewed as work machines. Tilling land and producing children is the main activity of women in the villages of Nakasongola. Women in this district are taken as second-class citizens, who aren’t treasured and given first priority to the family level.
Efca says that her deep desire for a better future alongside the encouragement from her sponsors and caretakers in the ministry pushed her to do more. “It took other people to believe in me to see that I could do it.”
When Efca got pregnant with her baby, her boyfriend forced her to abort but she refused. “I refused to abort because I did not want to kill my baby. I wanted to take responsibility of my decision and with support from my mother I refused to abort,” She says.
When we got news that Efca was out of school because she was pregnant, it was a tough moment for us as a ministry because we had big plans for her but never the less we travelled to her home and talked to her together with her mum. Praise the Lord, Efca accepted to go back to school after giving birth and her mother accepted to give her support and stay with the baby while Efca was in school.
We thank Efca’s sponsors Megan Bravo, the Fowlers and Sophie Slayer who have not given up on Efca but walked with her through prayer, financial support and also the encouraging letters throughout this whole journey.
Efca has now graduated with a certificate in hairdressing and happy that she and her baby have hope for a brighter future.
Not many girls in Nakasongola and other remote areas in Uganda get a second chance like that of Efca, but we believe that you can be part of such a life. Partner with us through support and prayer, as we see this transformation in the remote villages of Uganda.