Since childhood, I’ve had signs and convictions within that I had to positively care for the vulnerable and disadvantaged although I did not know how to. My mother, Mrs. Kabahinda Sarah Mugisa has been a great inspiration to me and she has encouraged me to seek ways to put something back.
As a passionate 19 year old, I founded and started a charity in 2008 that aimed at reducing the suffering of the least fortunate and privileged in Kampala. Since I did not have much, I concentrated on soliciting clothes and shoes for the needy children.
Early 2009, I met Jessica Dexter, a Canadian who I found showing kindness to a 13 year old street child. Even though communication between the two was a problem, I mediated their conversation and I was so touched and blown away by her selflessness in seeking to help the poor boy. We quickly bonded and spent quality time with the boy and he even asked for us to go back to the slums and let him spend a little moment with his homeless friends. This eventually exposed me to magnitude of problem and the challenges and dangers faced by homeless children. The fact that Jessica had traveled all the way to Uganda to help really made me think about what I should be doing to assist my fellow countrymen and women, who it would appear seemed to have been forgotten or worse ignored by their compatriots.
The more I thought about the situation, the more that I became convinced that I must do what I could to alleviate matters and help others realize that together we can make a difference. I searched my heart and as born-again Christian felt gifted with that spiritual gift of Love to have the strength to found a charity – Kitenge Africa Foundation. Drawing upon my deep faith and the generosity and example of others I am determined to do all that I can to make a difference. I am determined to live by those glorious words from the Gospel according to Matthew chapter 25 verse 40:
‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’