In 2010 Malayaka House decided to bring to the house a group of 10 girls that were living in another orphanage home notorious for unspeakable abuse and neglect. We had not planned this and it happened because of the situation Robert saw when he got involved trying to help this other home.
For some time they had to share a small room and beds, but since the very first moment they adapted to the house, aunties and the rest of the kids incredible easily and happily. And they became a part of our family.
Hadijah was a part of this group of girls. When she arrived to Malayaka House she knew very little English and was very shy and quiet, and she hid from everyone. Hadijah does not like to be the center of attention. She honestly prefers that no one notice her.
Hadijah has been part of the Entebbe Sharks rugby team from the beginning and has become an essential team member. She is never loud but always a reliable strong player. Sometimes Hadijah does not go to watch Rugby games with the other girls because, according to her, she does not like to scream.
Hadijah needs a peaceful, quiet space and sometimes prefers to be alone. She is actually quite full of surprises, hiding for days and then suddenly dancing next to others.
She needs a lot of support, but the ones who get closer to her will see Hadijah with different eyes. She knows what she wants and challenges herself and her surroundings. In fact, at her core, Hadijah has quite a bit of ambition.
It is no wonder, then, that Hadijah learns most from the tasks nobody expected her to take an interest in. It took her a while to find her role and place in the house, but with time, love, and the support of her friends and family, she is moving forward with more confidence and focus.