17-year-old David Atugonza, a resident of Kiyombya parish in Buheesi Sub County is the head of his family.
Atugonza and his sisters, 7-year-old Sarah Kahunde and 11-year-old Mary Nkwanzi lost their father during the 1997 insurgency by rebels of the Allied Democratic Forces.
After the death of his parents, Atugonza had trouble looking after his two sisters because they did not have resources.
Atugonza realized that he had a talent in music which he exploited. He performed during parties and then joined Ntuha drama group.
He says that since joining the group, his life has changed. Atugonza says that he can now afford to buy food for the sisters and he plans to go back to school.
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Atugonza and his sisters are part of the 80 child headed families in Kabarole district. 16-year-old- Joyce Tusabe says that her parents died and was left to care for her young brother.
Tusabe says that she decided to join Lyamabwa drama group to get money and look after the family. Tusabe earns 20,000 shillings whenever she performs.
Tusabe however says that she finds it hard to combine looking after his 3 year old brother and going to school.
Tadeo Balisanga, the Kabarole district senior community development officer says that the department lacks enough funds to support child headed families.
Balisanga says that they are planning to solicit support for the families from Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in the district.
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