Over the past 10 years, the Cotton On Foundation’s internal sponsorship program has provided support to thousands of students through primary, secondary and occasionally university education. Without this support, we would not be able to facilitate these sponsorships, making accessing quality education that much harder for so many individuals.
There are certain stories that remind us of the real difference being made and that the Cotton On Foundation is changing the lives of many. Jerome’s story is a perfect example of this.
We first heard from Jerome in 2012. He had completed his primary and secondary schooling in Masaka and was working as a clinical officer at St. Bernard’s Health Centre in Mannya.
Jerome had a dream of becoming a doctor. “The desire to go for further studies arose from the severity of patients I was continuously encountering during my period at Mannya. Most of the patients came with disease complications resulting from poor health seeking behavior”. He was accepted into Kampala International University to study a five and a half year medical degree. Jerome was able to self fund his first two semesters tuition fee using the wage he had earned working at the Health centre.
After his first year studying, Jerome was struggling to pay for his tuition and was seeking support.
“I wrote to Cotton On Foundation describing my situation and seeking for sponsorship. Amazingly, that’s how I happened to obtain the Cotton On Foundation sponsorship.”
Jerome successfully completed his studies in June this year and will graduate as a medical doctor in November. Upon the completion of his studies and internship, Jerome wishes to go back to Mannya to work and give back to the community.
“The health of these people I believe must change. I am so grateful and words may never express my heartfelt joy for the support I got from Cotton On Foundation, without which I couldn’t become a medical doctor. God bless you all.”