By Andrew Visper firstname.lastname@example.org
Victoria University through it body Ruperalia Scholarship awards partial scholarship to Sharon Mbabazi the brick maker to pursue a degree in Masters in Public Administration and Management
According to Ass. Prof. Dr. Krishna N. Sharma the Vice Chancellor of Victoria University said that the scholarship offered to Sharon Mbabazi the well known brick maker champion will help her to add on professional and innovative in her future generation and also to employ others.
Prof. Sharma has also vowed to make a personal partial contribute to her remaining tuition fees and rotarian Kabyanga Milly Felix has also offered to pay part of the fees of Sharon Mbabazi whose amazing lifestyle defies gender and cultural bias.
WHO IS MBABAZI?
The 23 year old Mbabazi whos mother died in 2005, opened Mbabazi’s life up to the harsh realities of poverty. The third-born in a family of five, she recalls being in P2 at the time and her father warned them to brace for a tough life.
“I had a troubled school life; I was always being sent home for lack of fees or scholastic materials,” she says after warded.
Her elder siblings dropped out of school but Mbabazi managed to complete A-level in 2014.
“I realized that my dad didn’t earn much to keep all of us [including two younger siblings] in school and I stayed at home for two years until a well-wisher offered to pay half my tuition if I got a placement at university,” she says. “That opportunity meant I had to find a way of topping up the other half.”
It was at that point that her dad, a brickmaker throughout his life, introduced her to the activity. Mbabazi started with the simple tasks such as fetching water and sieving the soil before settling into the most demanding process of kneading.
“He [dad] had become weary and it wasn’t easy for me to adapt, but I was determined not to miss the opportunity,” she says. “Many passersby wondered whether, as a female, I was in the right frame of mind to do brickmaking, but I ignored that.”