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Education | 16 June 2016

George's dream

George William is much like any 23 year old. He loves sport, and is working to pay for his university studies while chasing his dream of becoming a computer software engineer. Every night, you’ll find him tearing up the local basketball courts in Mannya.

But he didn’t have the easiest start in life. George lost both his parents by the time he was eight months old. He was then adopted in Southern Uganda, along with his older sister Stella. Like many children who are orphaned in Uganda, they believe they may have other relatives, but sadly don't know who they are.

Shortly before their adopted grandmother's passing in 2009, George and his sister came to live in Mannya village. Support from the Cotton On Foundation allowed them to continue their education, while living in the school dormitories. They were also given three meals a day and access to free basic healthcare at the local health care centre.

While at school, George developed a passionate interest in computers. By the time he had completed his secondary education he was certain that he wanted to pursue a career as a computer software engineer and programmer. George is now following his dream and undertaking a Diploma in Computer Science and Information Technology at Uganda Mary’s University. To support himself and pay for his tuition, he teaches computer studies and ICT to the senior secondary students in Mannya.

Never believing it possible to make it this far in his education, George chose to teach because he wanted to give back to the school and community for all that they had done for him. He’s even topping his own computer studies class, and once he completes a Bachelor’s degree in the same field, the University has offered to take him on as a lecturer.

George says that, “through my schooling, the greatest lesson I have learnt is that being humble, disciplined and academically focused can help you reach places and goals you thought were just dreams.”

He is incredibly grateful for the opportunities that have been presented to him and thanks the Mannya community and supporters of the Cotton On Foundation for changing so many lives positively. Thanks to this support, George now faces a much brighter future full of hope and opportunities.

You can help many other children like George pursue their dreams by giving them the gift of education - simply by purchasing Cotton On Foundation product in our of our stores.

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