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Meet Nicholas Luwuge, the 13-Year-Old Ugandan Student who Saves Up To Build Mom a House

For most 13-year-old’s, school, work, and play top off their day by day plans, however that is not the situation for Ugandan youngster Nicholas Luwuge. His fantasy of supporting his mom with the goal that she can appreciate a decent life has worked out on account of reasonable sparing propensities and a can-do mentality. In a meeting with the Monitor, Luwuge uncovered that he fabricated a two-room home for his mom with a shoestring spending plan of $1,174.

“My mom was living in a wooden house, yet I profited. In this way, I chose to build one for her. I utilized blocks, stones and bond. I was replicating the style utilized by the previous region administrator, Nalunga Bunjazm, whose house has a firm establishment,” he clarified.

The house is one of the few permanent structures in Bugoma Trading Center in Mugoye Sub County, which is part of Kalanga District. Well-wishers who admired his determination contributed the iron sheets for the house.

Luwuge built the house using income that he earns from making boats. Unlike most adults who attend university to learn about a chosen profession later in life, he learned how to make boats from watching adults do it at the Bugoma Landing Site. The price of a boat costs $88 and he makes about 30 in a year. Part of his income also goes into paying for his school fees.


Luwuge is also the breadwinner in a household comprised of his mother and brother. His father abandoned the family when he was only three years old. They then moved from their home district of Kalungu to Kalanga.

“He has been working since we came nine years ago to settle here. Although the journey seemed tough, my son seemed ready to persevere since he had no father to cater for his needs,” said his mother, Rodha Nakirigya.

A strong bond exists between mother and son, evident by Luguwe’s decision to have his mother manage his earnings.

Yet, despite accomplishing what many of his peers have set aside as a future goal, Luguwe remains grounded. He understands that he has to balance school and work in order to be successful in the future.

“I study during the day and work in the evening and [on] the weekends. I also get time off to go for night lessons since my school is near home. This was the only solution for my education. My mother could hardly take care of us. Life is better since I started working,” he explained.

For a boy so young, poverty has empowered Luguwe and provided him with a sense of purpose, constantly reminding him why and for whom he is working for.


Written by How Africa

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