Hawa was born deaf, and for the most part, in Uganda people do not understand, or are afraid of disabilities. Hawa’s father had forced her mother to have more children than they could afford to take care of. When Hawa was born, her father did not understand her and why she wouldn’t answer when spoken to. Because of her disability, he beat her relentlessly. Hawa’s mother is a very good woman, and after a time, divorced the father because of his attitude toward Hawa. She now is on her own with 10 children and is trying very hard to make ends meet. Hawa’s mother loves her children very much and tries to take good care of them, but could not afford to send Hawa to school. There are very few schools in Uganda for special needs children, and Hawa needs to attend a school for the deaf. Hawa’s mother gathers and sells banana leaves to make some money for her family, but it is never enough. Since becoming a part of the Peace for Paul family, Hawa now attends a school for children with special needs and lives with her mother during the holidays.
Updated January 1, 2013