Part two of my story starts from my high school times when breakthrough for my parents came in and they could afford to take me to good schools within the country depending on my grades.
Here, I was privileged to go to some of the best schools of our time in the country where I got good grades and got a course of my choice of Bachelors of Science in Industrial Chemistry much as my parents had a different choice of me being a civil engineer.
During my stay at the university, I was privileged to be a leader (President/ Chairman) of one of the Student Hostels within the university. It was during this time that I experienced a more transforming time in regards to leadership abilities as well as greater value for humanity and great appreciation of each day that I’m alive.
One may ask why? It is because I did witness two of my fellow university students; one in his final semester and the other in his first year of a law course being shot dead by the guard (security officer) due to a misunderstanding between the students within the hostel and the security.
Fortunate for me, I was shorter than the two guys; the bullet did pass via (close) my forehead before hitting the other two guys since I was the one in front of the Guard/ Security officer trying to calm him down given my leadership position in the community.
This incidence for once made me ask several questions as to why I was not the one who died that day, why I even went to the university in the first case, for once I felt life was not worthy the hustle and living if you can die in a snapshot of a second. I was so psychologically tormented for a full year but thanks to some of my fellow students and some lecturers who got worried about my deteriorating performances in class and came in to advise me accordingly.
When I recovered from this Trauma(nightmare), I called onto my God to help me understand more about my purpose in life and how best I can help people who might find themselves in similar problems from time to time.
This was when I choose to seek for opportunities of teaching at higher institutions of learning after my first degree as a teaching assistant.
Lucky for me, I have been privileged and honoured to have served in three of the top most universities in my country on both contract and part time basis as a facilitator (Teaching Assistant) to help learners by equipping them with both technical skills in the field of Chemistry, Environment, Education, Chemical engineering, Industrial Chemistry but more importantly help them earn and gain life changing skills by exposing them to real world experience.
One may ask, why the Mbuyu Foundation?
It was during the early days of this year that Leah did have a chat with me about this dream of seeing God's love, through our actions transforming lives, physically, emotionally and spiritually - so all people can experience dignity, justice and a hope for their future.
This to me sounded good more so since she was requesting me to recommend a teaching volunteer in my circle to handle an adult literacy class in this respect.
I did recommend friends who I felt would buy in to the idea but I also made a step to go with a one Racheal Nakijiri so we would have a face to face chat with the Founders (Leah and Roberts); and guess what?
These guys took us to a slum (Katanga) I had never gone into despite me staying within the city itself.
This environment and just taking a walk through the slum and seeing how happy the fellows within the slum looked despite the “weird conditions” according to me got me thinking immediately since I wouldn’t imagine that such would be happening just a stone throw from me as I realised and felt like throughout my stay in teaching career at the university, I was all along talking the wrong group and these people here in the slum needed me much more than the university learners and I would cause a much bigger and life changing impact to this new found family; I began to straight away buy into the idea of helping the founders realize this dream which Leah and Roberts welcomed joyfully as well.
I started out as the Adult Literacy co-ordinator - but Racheal has now taken up that role and I am now focusing on tutoring and helping the students at the evening study clubs. I am now the Study Club
Three evenings a week students can come to the Life Centre and take use of the facilities, the quiet, the electricity to study and do their homework. I am available to guide and tutor the students, along with my assistant teacher.
This program is certainly helping these students who would otherwise be studying by candlelight in their overcrowded homes.