My name is Sr. Stella Sabina. I was born raised and studied in Uganda. I loved music, dance, drama, poetry and storytelling since I was born. My childhood was not very pleasant but I consoled myself by composing songs and singing to the goats, birds, chickens and every animal that was around me. When I sang to them, they responded either by coming close to me or waging their tails. That made me so happy. I knew they were listening and understanding what I was singing.
To cut the long story short, in the part of the world I am now, I am able to sing for and with people who most of the time appreciate my compositions even though they are different from what they are used to. I have found so much joy teaching my songs especially to children. When I hear them sing them on the street or on the playground or at their Birthday parties, my heart jumps up with joy. I don't struggle to compose, the words and tunes come to me around two in the morning. All I have to do is think about something good before I go to bed. I thank God for that, and I would like to share that free gift with everyone.
My talent of composing and singing has come in handy with the work I devoted my life to: fighting to stop oppressive traditions especially female circumcision, women beating and domestic abuse. I raise money to sponsor girls in school in order to empower them with education and fight for themselves. After wasting so much time seeking for grants in vain, I decided to use the gifts God gave me. I have recorded my songs, written my poems and stories to sell them for that good cause. I need your support to help the girls.
All proceeds from this CD will go towards sponsoring girls threatened by oppressive traditions in school. I founded Shifting Ideas Through Education for African Women (SITEAW,INC), based in Indianapolis, to fight for girls and women's rights. SITEAW is currently in an urgent need of a Center to coordinate the work of all the volunteers and for the girls to have a safe place to stay during the holidays. That center will also help us to help those young girls with youth programs that can prepare them for the future. It costs four hundred and fifty dollars to sponsor a girl in school for a year. We have twenty five girls in school, but the need is so great. The waiting list is very, very long. We would like our customers to know that every time they buy the songs on this CD, they are sponsoring a girl and giving her a second chance in life.
I thank all the volunteers who came together to provide accompaniment and harmony to my songs in order to create this CD: Megan Dillon (Board Member), Evan McIntire, Tracy Nakigozi, Hannah Crosby, Dr. James Makubuya, Steve Charles, Sam Rocha, Brian McCafferty, our sponsors who did not want their names to be mentioned, Aire Born Recording Studios in Zionsville, Indiana and everyone who participated in various ways towards the success of this project.
Be blessed and happy always.