Our newest team member, Amony Fosca, is a Sister in training and is in charge of TRP’s hospitality for the next two years. Here is her story:
I was born in Kitgum (northern Uganda) in 1993, and given the name “Amony” which means “soldier” at a time when bullets were flying. My mother told me that the nurses were quaking with fear and almost refused to accept for her to deliver from the hospital because rebels were upon them. Fear was an every day reality. No one would be home by 6 in the evening, we all commuted to a nearby church or hospital for refuge.
The reality of the war was felt by everyone and left its impression on me as well. As a three year old, rebels came into my village while my parents were away digging the garden and I was accidentally left behind, under a tree, as people ran to escape. When the rebels came to me, I was laughing and welcomed them. They picked me up and played with me before stealing what was in the granary. A neighbor who saw this later told me that I wanted to keep playing with them, but how lucky I was that I didn’t get hurt. Later in life, when my minibus was ambushed and I spent the night on the side of the road, I realized how cruel the rebels could be, and this time a fellow traveler didn’t make it.
I come from a humble family, and was raised by my grandparents. From the first grade I was welcomed and supported by Sisters and Priests of the Catholic Church. I was invited to attend boarding school at no cost. While at school, I helped the Sisters with chores and was drawn to their way of life. After elementary school I had no means of going to high school. My father said that I should learn tailoring and earn some income for the family, but I had no interest in tailoring. I simply volunteered at the church and helped them with cleaning, ironing, and other small tasks.
A priest asked me why I wasn’t in school and I told him my story. He was able to pay my fees for High School at an all-girls school just south of the Nile river where many girls escaped the environment of fighting to focus on education. I had almost given up hope when this chance came my way. I thrived at school and became a leader in Liturgy and Girls Scouts. I wanted to join the congregation since I was very young, but the Sisters and Priests advised me to go further in formal education, because it would be difficult once in the convent. I received a certificate and then a diploma from a training institute near the capital city, Kampala.
The Recreation Project is my first job and I am so excited to be a part of changing the lives of other young people. I know, from experience, that there are many young girls suffering in the village. It was the kind heart and good life style of the Sisters that inspired me to strive forward. My dream is that I can be the encourager and to teach important life skills to the hurting, just as I received from the Sisters.