This is Robina Namagembe. She is a widow, 70 years old, and most of her children have died from HIV/AIDS, leaving her, alone, to care for a number of grandchildren. She has been gradually worn down. With the children too young to work, her only source of income has been from making charcoal and selling it locally - hard work for very little reward - enough for one very basic meal a day, and little left over for new clothes let alone schooling for her precious grandchildren.
Spot the difference!
Robina has recently become sponsored within the befriend a granny scheme. Her youngest two orphan granddaughters are both now supported at school through the Buddy Builders Club.
With the support we can give her, there is hope that things will be a little easier. With the two children supported through the BBC they have hope for the future: Alice is in Primary Class 4 and Olivia is in Primary Class 5. They are kitted out with uniform, and given a meal each day at school.
Support from her befriender allows Robina to buy more nourishing food and some basics for her home.
The difference? You can see the hope on Robina’s face!