How BAGCI Has Changed Lives - Rose


Rose is 22 years old. She is new mother of a three-month-old baby girl and is on maternity leave from her job as a midwife. She started accessing the BAGCI center in 2006 during her last year of primary school. She used to have breakfast at the centre everyday until she finished secondary school five years later and then moved away from the area.

She started using the center because she used to leave home very early and had no time to make breakfast. She decided to come along to the center to get some breakfast because she was tired of being hungry at school and not being able to concentrate. Once she started accessing the BAGCI center, she made friends whom she used to walk to school with, she felt better going to school having had breakfast and she went to her first ever Christmas party that the members of BAGCI organised, which was held at Nabinonya beach.

Rose feels that the BAGCI breakfast center is very important for the vulnerable children in her area. Apart from having porridge in the morning, she learnt good manners and to respect the women who cooked the porridge. 'Before I started accessing BAGCI, most of the women were strangers and I didn't think much of them. When I started accessing the center, they told us to say huelo to them and to each other, as well as thank you whenever someone gave you something. They also taught us not to throw rubbish everywhere but in a dustbin. We depended on them to cook the porridge for us every morning. So, I learnt to respect them.'

Additionally, Rose had never interacted or even been close to any white people and was therefore literally afraid of them. She says,
'Through the interaction that I had with those who visited the center, I realised that they are just people like us. They were always kind so I wasn't afraid of them anymore.'

Rose would like to do some volunteer work using her skills as a midwife. She says, 'As soon as the health clinic at the BAGCI center opens, I will be back to help educate the young people about reproductive health. I would like to give back to the center that helped me when I was growing up.'