This week, Shannon Ryan and Sarah O’ Donovan, Fourth Class pupils in Star of the Sea School, Passage West, share a little of what they have learned about Patricia, one of the children who appears on this year’s Trócaire Box.
Patricia is a shy 8 year old girl, who lives with her family in Uganda, East Africa. Ever since her father died in 2011, her family has been slowly pushed off their land by a clan member. Patricia’s Mom, Evelyn, has a right to the land, however her husband’s family is claiming that she does not. When Evelyn tried to fight for the land back, her husband’s family burned their house down. Patricia has a busy day. She wakes up at 6.00 am and starts school at 8.00 am. Patricia is in 1st class. She finishes school at 1.00 pm and arrives home at 2.30 pm. When Patricia gets home, she walks with a jerry can to fetch water from a bore hole which is a 5 minute walk from her home and carries the water back home on her head. Her family has 2 goats Arach and Omiya. Evelyn, Patricia’s Mom, breeds them and sells the goat kids to pay for school and medicine. In 2017, when Patricia’s brother was ill, Evelyn was able to sell a goat to pay for his hospital stay. Trócaire are working with Patricia’s family to help to keep them on their land.