One of the youngest members of the 2016 Ugandan Kids Choir, is dimpled, 6-year-old Titus Makumbi.
At a recent choir performance, Titus and his fellow choir members sang and danced their hearts out like they usually do. But this performance was different from the others. After the performance, he stood near the sponsorship table greeting several of the attendees. Glancing at all the passports, his heart suddenly beat faster as his eyes stopped on someone he knew.
Titus picked up the passport and exclaimed, “This is my BROTHER!” He turned to his choir tour leaders and repeated, “This is my younger brother Travis!” He couldn’t stop smiling! It was like he was able to get a little taste of home as his brother “reached across the miles” smiling from the front of his sponsorship passport cover. To add to his excitement, he discovered that a couple had decided to sponsor his brother – he would now be going to school! Titus was told, “When you return home to Uganda, you and Travis will be attending school together. He will now have the same opportunities as you have been given.” He was so thrilled! In his mind, he saw them walking to school together and spending lunch time together as he helped Travis meet new friends.
Titus is the middle child of three brothers. His biological mother passed away from HIV and soon after, his father remarried. As a trash collector, his father is unable to pay for the education of his children. Titus recounts, “My stepmother doesn’t work and we were all raised wearing rags. I would usually get a small breakfast and lunch, but for dinner, all I would get was a small cup of hot tea with milk.”
Due to their financial difficulties, Titus and his brothers were unable to attend school. “I used to watch the other kids walk by in the morning on their way to school. They looked so smart in their school uniforms! I really wanted to be like them. Then one day, I received the news that I had been sponsored and I would now be able to go to school too. I was so excited!” Titus was so happy when he received his new school uniform, “It was clean and didn’t have any holes or tears. I had never owned any new clothes in my life.”
Titus – and now his brother too – have joined the ranks of many sponsored children who now have the opportunity to lift themselves out of poverty. But many other children are still waiting. Visit our website to see if there is a child that speaks to your heart… a child for whom you could make a difference.
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