Unwanted, unloved and thriving! Moses is a gentle young man who has suffered a lot in his short life. His father is an alcoholic, his mother has mental health problems and his grandmother physically abused him.
His parents divorced when he was a child and there was no money to pay school fees so Moses was unable to complete his primary education. His mother’s mental health problems impacted his life profoundly. ‘I was often embarrassed by my mother who would run around the village naked and I would have to chase after her,’ explains Moses. He lived with his mother and grandmother, but was unloved and unwanted. ‘My grandmother would give me lots of work to do and at the end of the day deny me food,’ he explains. ‘Whenever I didn’t look after my mother in the way she liked, my grandmother would beat me.’
In desperation Moses turned to his local church for help, but he worried about doing this because of his Islamic background. ‘If anybody at home found out I was going to church it would put my life in danger,’ he explains. Fortunately, the pastor and his wife, with whom Moses sought refuge, told him about Kira Farm Development Centre.
Taste of a normal life
Not only did Moses develop skills at Kira, a vocational training centre, but he was also given a taste of what it meant to live a normal life. ‘After tasting how sweet it felt, I was determined not to look back,’ he says. ‘Hearing stories from different youths – especially those from the north – who had seen lots of death and mistreatment, encouraged me to stop crying about the past and instead focus on what I wanted to achieve for the future.’
During his enterprise training at Kira Farm Moses set up a chapatti and doughnut making business. He continued with the idea when he returned home and started making good money. Moses also secured a part time job working on someone’s farm, being paid £34 a month. ‘I have plans to start up a restaurant in my village and I often return to Kira Farm to help when there are guests so I can learn more about cooking,’ he says. ‘Due to my good income I have been able to rent a house for myself and also take my mother to a psychiatric hospital. She is on medication now and I am seeing her mental health improve a lot.’
Life is good, but Moses has more plans for the future. ‘I am happy that I am able to save £23 a month and I hope to use my savings in the future to buy land for myself so I can put into practise the conservation farming skills I learnt at Kira,’ he says. This is just the beginning for a remarkable young man!
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