Meet Atoo Irene
Atoo Irene is one of our primary school children and attends Vanguard Primary in the Gulu district. Although she attends school in Gulu, she lives in Pece Lukung and must walk 1.5 kilometers to school everyday. She is a total orphan, and so she lives with her uncle, aunt, and their six children, and she and her aunt do a majority of the house work. Despite being quiet and a little shy, she loves school. However, the time she can devote to her school work is limited by the intensity of her chores at home. She bathes the children, fetches water, cooks, cleans, does dishes, and anything else her aunt might need help with. It is very difficult for her to find enough time and energy to study and do her school work.
Her time constraints have affected her performance in school, but Irene is able to keep up due to her fierce belief in herself. Her quiet and obedient manner in school is contrasted by her playfulness with her classmates. She makes friends easily, and so in between school and chores she manages to have fun. Her dream is to become a teacher and help kids like herself.