Strengthen Families
Strengthen Families

Musiime Hamzah’s family visits Aisha Nantongo a single mother of 11 people at her home in Kawempe Tula-Wakiso District.

Wairimu Mwangi
November 16, 2022
Musiime Hamzah’s family visits Aisha Nantongo a single mother of 11 people at her home in Kawempe Tula-Wakiso District.

“Women are a strong pillar that is stands out because they are teacher, cook, provider, defender and protector at the same time.” Hamzah.

Hamzah and his family visited Aisha, a single mother in Kawempe Tula-Wakiso District in Uganda. Raising a family is a difficult, but even more difficult for single parents. Aisha, is mother of 10, and has bravely taken on the task of raising her family.

Hamzah often saw Aisha. To support her family, Aisha operates a small business on the roadside near her home. She sells yellow bananas and sweets. The earnings are meagre, and she depends on the good will of others to provide for her family. Every Friday, she stands outside the mosque in her neighbourhood. People come for prayers and also bring her food and clothes.

Hamzah, 30, decided with his family, Hannat 22, Gadafi 20, Hadijja 12yrs and Haulat 7yrs, to visit Aisha on November 4, 2022. They bought food: posho and salt, and gathered clothes for Aisha’s family. Aisha welcomed Hamzah’s family and their good heart. After a two-hour visit, they parted, Hamzah promising to visit again.

The experience brought to light how sacrificing a mother is. “Women are a strong pillar that is stands out because they are teacher, cook, provider, defender and protector at the same time. Single mothers are true super women and they need their or our support,” reflected Hamzah.

We need each other’s love and care to thrive. Acts of kindness can bring people together, and promote peace and harmony in our communities.  Hamzah thanked Jalia Muntu, the SFV coordinator from Uganda who had introduced the idea of family volunteering through GPW’s Sunshine Family Volunteer initiative which encourages families to invest in peace by volunteering together. If you have such a Sunshine Family Volunteer story to share or your family wants to start such a project, email younshim.park@globalpeacewomen.org.

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