Florence slept on the ground, and night after night she fought off insect-born disease, flu and abuse from relatives who did not understand her disability. The young girl could not look for help from others in Masaka village, where school officials called her “useless” and “unteachable.”
But a brighter future lay ahead. Another family took pity on her, and adopted Florence when she was a young teenager. They helped to get her back to school, even though she attended class with small children half her age. They also suggested she take part in Special Olympics.