Lavena told us “The best day of my life was when the director brought me to Achungo. It is safe here and I can learn and achieve my goal of becoming a nurse.” This fourteen-year-old has been at Achungo for three years and comes from a few miles away where she lived with her parents and two younger siblings until both her parents died.
She told us, “The teachers are the best thing about the school.” She likes reading, playing volleyball and jump rope with her classmates. On the weekends, she washes clothes together with her dorm-mates, and goes with them to the on-campus church services (Achungo Salvation Church).
Lavena attends Nyabisawa Secondary School.