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Letters from Uganda: Brenda Abiria

Ed. Note: In 2010 Ms. JD launched the Global Education Fund to enable women in developing countries to pursue legal educations who otherwise would not have access to further education.  Ms. JD International Scholars are being supported by the GEF's grants to Makerere University in Uganda.  Each year, the Ms. JD Global Education Fund has made it possible for two more young Ugandan women to pursue their dreams of becoming lawyers by attending the law program at Makerere University

Ms. JD's Fourth Annual Global Education Fund (GEF) Benefit will be held on August 22, 2016 from 6:30-9 pm at Doc's Lab in San Francisco.  Each year, the Ms. JD Global Education Fund has made it possible for two young Ugandan women to pursue their dreams of becoming lawyers by attending the law program at Makerere University in Uganda.  The benefit will raise funds for the GEF and include live entertainment, a silent auction and excellent food and networking.  Please click here to purchase your ticket or donate to GEF. 

Brenda Abiria is a 2012  Ms. JD International Scholar in her 2nd year at Makerere University in Uganda thanks to the Global Education Fund. A message from Brenda: 

Dear Sir Madam,

Am so happy to have this chance to communicate and share with you  my thoughts. Am hoping that you are all well and doing great. Like wise am pretty good and excited to write to you.

I would like to also take this opportunity to thank you for the love, care and support you  give me, no words can express the gratitude.  May God bless you abundantly. Thank you for the enormous support.

I successfully completed my first year of study and I am now  in year  two, which commenced recently having been for the long vacation.

Thanks once again to you  for having made this possible, for if it was not for your support, God knows where I would be, perhaps in the village married  off to some old man, but because of you, I can say am a proud student of Bachelors of Law, which I must say is a dream course of many, but because of the abject poverty and the high costs of pursuing it, the dreams of many would be lawyers, has dwindled down like a forgotten grave in the wilderness.

Thank you, thank you, thank you and in my local language they say  ‘Asante Sana’ to mean: Thanks a lot.

Well in the long vacation  I was busy bee keeping which is a common activity in my village and I must confess it was an engaging and interesting adventure of course given the length of the vacation. I did it mainly to keep myself busy and trust me I enjoyed it a lot and also learnt so many things about bee keeping.

Currently the only challenge am facing is having to deal with. Migraine headache, that has affected me since childhood  which some times affects my studies ,however, this can not hold me back from achieving my goals and building my career  in (Legal) law. I feel I have to much is stock to deliver to my countrymen especially the Vulnerable groups like women and children who have been totally left out in as far as  legal  affairs  in Uganda is concerned.

Until then, for me this is just the beginning, the world out there ,get ready for me, am wiling to do just anything to uphold justice and defend integrity. Thank you very much. Lots of  Love.

Yours sincerely,

Abiria Brenda

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