Daisy’s life was blighted by alcohol, prostitution and domestic slavery until she had the opportunity to start afresh at Kira Farm Development Centre
Daisy enjoyed a happy childhood with her parents and two older sisters. Her father was a hard-working carpenter who met all his children’s needs and paid for them to go to school. Tragically, on his way to work one day, he was killed in a motorbike accident. ‘That was the end of our happy family,’ remembers Daisy. She and her sisters were forced to drop out of school because they couldn’t afford the fees, and her sisters ended up getting married at a young age to simply survive. Daisy herself joined a bad group in the village and wound up drinking and sleeping with men for money.
When Daisy’s aunt heard about her niece’s lifestyle she came and spoke to her in the village. ‘My aunt told me I should move back to Lira town with her and that she would help me get back into school,’ explains Daisy. Keen to change her life, Daisy agreed, but her aunt’s promises turned out to be empty. Instead of giving her an education, her aunt turned her into a maid. ‘I would take care of her children, fetch water and do all the domestic work without any pay,’ says Daisy. ‘When I heard about Kira Farm Development Centre, I knew this was my chance to escape from domestic slavery.’
Empowered with skills and confidence
‘Life on Kira helped me feel clean again,’ says Daisy, who is grateful for the discipleship training she received. This stopped Daisy from blaming herself for the past. ‘Receiving the Shine Girl training (a programme about confidence and self-esteem) at Kira Farm made me feel so special. When I left Kira I wasn’t only empowered with skills, but also confidence.’
A new life
Since Daisy has been home her life has completely changed. Instead of turning to men for money, she set up a business making doughnuts – something she learned to do through the business skills training on Kira Farm. She wakes up early in the morning, makes her doughnuts and then looks for hairdressing customers to put into practice the hairdressing skills she acquired at Kira Farm. Her new attitude and way of life surprised those in the village who knew of her past. ‘Once, I overheard a lady asking my mother whether I had been in jail and that is why I had changed! She thought I must have reformed my life in prison!’
Making her family proud
Daisy has already saved £33 from her doughnut business. She has also secured a hairdressing job where she earns £26 a month. She plans to invite her sisters to her salon so that she can teach them hairdressing skills so they can improve their lives. She is also a secretary of her church youth group and shares her discipleship training in the weekly meetings. Along with members of the church she is planning how she can pass on her vocational skills to all the young people in the church who are not going to school.
‘I am so happy that Kira Farm turned me into a very special person. Today my family, church and community is proud of me,’ smiles Daisy.
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