"Sometimes you want to find someone to blame for your problems. But there was no one." - Knight Alobo

Knight Alobo (34) and her husband Patrick Lawoko (35) have known each other since 1996. They met in Pabbo Camp, the biggest Internally Displaced People’s Camp (IDP) at the height of the Kony war in Northern Uganda.

“Life was tough. We depended on UN agencies for food which was never enough. In 2001, I decided to marry Knight so that we were given our own food ration. It was for survival,” Patrick says. 

Knight and Patrick went on to have six children. However, their son Amos was different to his siblings. When he was eight months old his parents realised his growth pattern was not as expected. Later, Amos also became epileptic.

“That put a heavy strain on me. Sometimes you want to find someone to blame for your problems. But there was no one. We thought it was because there was not enough food in the camp.

"We are trying to live with his situation but it is not easy. He is slow in speech and understanding instructions. We have to keep an eye on him so that he does not fall in a fire or injure himself. We ensure he does not climb trees or go to the well; you never know when he might get an attack,” Knight explains.

Like many other children in his position, Amos has never had the opportunity to get treatment or even go to school. He experiences at least one attack every day - sometimes it is more severe.

There are many children like Amos in Pabbo Sub County with various disabilities. Our new Disability Mainstreaming project, supported by the Big Lottery UK, is aimed at supporting people like Patrick and Knight to generate an income so they can afford medication for their son. 

While Patrick and Knight have over five acres of land, little is farmed to feed their big family. Patrick explains that the 20 years they spent in camp deprived them of the opportunity to learn farming skills to be able to feed their families.

Patrick says, “My hope is that in this project, we will learn skills to grow enough food to feed our families but also earn some income from our farming to send our children to school.” 

You can help families like Patrick and Knights's gain the skills to grow nutritious food by supporting out latest appeal. Click here to find out more.