My childhood was not an easy one, life showed me the hardest side, my mother and father separated and as kids we never got a chance to enjoy the love of a mother and father under one roof.
Life was not easy at all , growing up in slums of kajjansi and in acute poverty, I missed school often and I always looked at the kids going to school and I wished I was them. Nevertheless it did not take long and I met a lady called Angella, this woman had a center [orphanage home] that contained of former street child, drug addicts, orphans and kids who came from families in acute poverty like me. This was a golden opportunity that she presented to me and when she spoke to my father he never objected because to him it was an opportunity that I was going to have a chance to be taken care of and have a bright future.
In 2002, when I reached to this orphanage home, I met lots of other children like me and other indeed in a worse state than me, I would tell you Angella had a lot of faith and love, something I won’t ever forget, we never had beds, no mattresses but she could always tell us God will provide, we used to put clothes on the floor and sleep on them, and sometimes at night you could see he moving to the different rooms with clothes, as in her own clothes she puts on and trying to cover as with them, so her clothes worked as blankets to us during the night and these acts of love always moved me taught me the importance of serving ,helping others and I developed love for inspiring, motivating and missionary work .
I later moved out of the orphanage home when I got a chance for higher educational sponsorship and I started studying high school at St Mbuga Vocational Secondary school and I spent my entire high school at the same school. In 2009 while in my high school level of studies, my father passed away and my life became a challenging one, because I had started a life without a father.
Later in the same year, met friends at my high school, I shared my dream, vision of doing charitable work, impacting lives, inspiring and spreading love to the vulnerable, and to some of them it made sense while to others it totally didn’t because when they looked at me by then I also needed to be helped because of the state of life I was living. So I had a bunch of great ideas that couldn’t make sense to some, I didn’t not have any resources to even start with.
In 2012 we started this beautiful cause of continuing to work with the poor communities needing support and love, Rachael and Esther and later the team grew.
The experience of living in an orphanage home and doing mission outreaches presented me with the opportunity to learn a lot, witnessing first-hand the challenges and difficulties that many people are facing. Though it was not easy, I was not going to sit and watch while others are suffering; I embarked on a mission to do all that I could with my team to help. We didn’t not have any sponsors or partners, but we always sacrificed on our own little earning, this was because we were passionate to see people's lives transformed.
Being poor ourselves, we did not have enough resources to support them, but we knew that we could use our voice to raise awareness about the cause and get people with the same passion involved. At this point, we knew we had to do something. We had already witnessed astonishing levels of poverty within the communities I that we always served.
Though I grew up in a poor home myself, these mission outreaches, seeing human suffering was unimaginable and I knew there lots of other going through the same. The most affected were children and women. There were no schools, so kids stayed home doing all sorts of jobs; what many of us would consider child labor. Often parents forced young girls into early marriages with older men just because they wanted bride price and formulating an organization to serve to me was the solution to these challenges.
We started with one kid, and we are now serving over 3000 children during our missions, providing education to some and developing them, equipping them with skills to become productive leaders of tomorrow.
The spirit of never giving up and always believing, regardless of the present situation, is what sustained our humble beginning. It's a lesson I partly learned from the people I had met in the communities we served - people who even in hard times — always believed that someday day life would get better.
“Looking back right now, I see no way this service could have turned out the way it has. I am humbly reminded that it’s been collective efforts of a lot of people from different backgrounds to come together for a significant cause”.
We have the power to change this world and create one that we dream of."
Muwanguzi Emish, CEO, Co-Founder