Hilda’s Story

by | Jun 5, 2023

Hilda has changed a lot in the few short months she has been in Otino Waa Children’s Village.

Hilda and her older brother lost both parents to HIV/AIDS. When we found Hilda, she and her brother had never stepped into school before. She hardly had clothes to wear and if they were lucky, they ate once a day. They lived with her very old, weak grandparents in one of the deep villages. This community in extremely impoverished and uneducated. In this village, it is common for girls to be married off as young as 13 years old.

Things changed for Hilda the moment we went to pick her up and bring her to Otino Waa. The entire village came out to say goodbye to her and they were very happy for her.

Hilda was placed in P1 class, and she is trying her best to catch up. She looks a little old for the class, but she is happy to learn. Her teachers report that she has a great interest to learn new things. She is a bit shy but she is also friendly and smiles at everyone. She has made new and wonderful friends of all ages at Otino Waa and within her class at school.

After school, she can almost always be found playing on the swings with her friends. Hilda says she hope to be a nurse in the future.

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