For Harriet, every day was scary, especially after her parents died. As a teenager, she found herself sleeping on the dirt floor of a church with her friend Rita. Nightly they would fight off street dogs who would come to the church in search of food. During the day Harriet would apply for jobs only to be rejected due to her lack of education. She was unable to afford an education because she did not have the ability to pay. It was a vicious cycle of poverty.
Through the church, Harriet learned about Ravens and applied to be a part of the program. The ministry was able to immediately provide mattresses, clothing, and food for the girls sleeping in the church. “I had no money, no hope, without Ravens I would have looked to men for help and likely would have become a prostitute,” Harriet explains.
Harriet was accepted into Ravens and studied early childhood education. She proudly graduated in 2014 and immediately started working as a teacher. “For me, life changed completely after graduation as I started taking care of myself and paying my own rent,” she says. “This was my dream and Ravens allowed me to fulfill it.”
Harriet has now taught over 75 children and is making an impact in their lives at an influential school. She has already invested $10 of her own money into Ravens and plans to do as much as she can to give back to others. “Ravens taught us to love God, to have a budget, to empower other people, to help if I see a person in need, and to love my job and do it with all my heart,” she says.
“Here in Uganda, the rich are rich, and the poor are forever poor… there is a huge divide,” Pastor Abel explains. “People do not want to help others, and this is where Ravens stands apart. We want to see a generation of exemplary students transformed by Christ and become responsible citizens leading independent lives,” Abel says.
Harriet dreams of starting her own school one day where she will serve as the head administrator. “Ravens gave me capital. I go to the school to ask for a job, and I have the capital to offer. Because of my experience, I can manage the classroom,” she says.