Ivan is a young man in his mid teens who is determined to make it through life, he is a brilliant student and a hard worker. Both is parents are alive but he only knows where his mother lives, sadly his father abandoned them. At a tender age of 16 Ivan rents his own house and is working his way through school. He picks tomatoes from farmers on credit and vends them on the streets of Kampala. He has done this for sometime and my mother is one of his loyal customers. She occasionally buys from him and after she got to know that this was what he did during the holidays and on weekends to raise money for tuition fees, she purposed to support him.
I woke up in the morning and posted my daily “WINS” on an accountability ‘whatsapp’ group that I belong to. One of my wins was to CBOM a random person (This is an act of kindness that we often do as a church family because we believe that Church Begins on Monday and Sunday is Garage time.) Later that day I got a call from my mother who narrated the story of Ivan to me.
Kamara, I would like to ask something? My mother started her conversation after our exchange of pleasantries. “Does your church have a program to assist the needy?” she asks, but before I could retort she went on to tell me about Ivan’s ordeal. During the holiday as he was vending tomatoes, the city council authorities in a bid to get hawkers off the street raided his area of operation. As is custom the running battles often lead to loss of property, casualties or even deaths as the illegal hawkers try to avoid arrest. Car crashes and near misses are a common site. Ivan was the unlucky one that got caught that day. He didn’t only lose his property by the was jailed for 4 weeks because he and his family could not raise the Ushs. 400,000/= ($115) that was set as bail.
As my mother completed the narration of this story I could tell from her voice that she was overcome by compassion. She told me how he had walked from Luzira to the city about 10 Kilometers, he was weak and besides himself. Although the prison service provides transport to those who have done their time to return home, this money is never given to them, they often lose their valuables and money during the arrest. Ivan was at ZERO. He didn’t even have appetite for food and all he could do was drink.
I asked my mom to send him to me and had a brief chat with him. His report card showed that he was a brilliant student, he was 5th out of 70 students. His headmaster at the school was not happy with his payment patterns and when I spoke to him he said much as he was a good student, he was recommending him to find another school. His Payment terms were not favorable.
Ivan is not the ordinary pity party kid, I asked him if he wanted to study as a boarding student funds allowing, Should we pay extra for you stop the daily commute? His response was heart warming; “I would love to continue as a day scholar, I believe that I can study and still do something productive which boarding school wouldn’t allow me. I am happy to continue as a day scholar.”
I reached out to a few friends and they were receptive of the idea to support him, this afternoon we paid his term one tuition fees, lunch and new uniform at his new school thanks to the generosity of friends. We have purposed to do the best that we can to get him up to S6 and I am confident that he will make it to the University.
Because of the nature of human beings, I contacted the headmaster directly and our support to him goes straight to the school. All he has to do is show up and learn. I have told him that it is a joint effort with friends and I purpose to be accountable to those that choose to partner with me. I am continuing to reach out to you friends. those that want to see Ivan get out of the PIT like Joseph and stand tall in the PALACE that God has prepared for him. Please join us as we allow God to use us in this story of REDEMPTION. Every little helps.
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This is a developing story.