‘I thought I was useless’

Bosco Odidi grew up during war and spent most of his childhood in a camp to escape the rebel fighting. Conflict cut his education short and as a result Bosco believed he had no future. Kira Farm Development Centre changed all that!

‘I had to leave school when we moved to the camp and I thought that was the end of me,’ explains Bosco. ‘I was convinced I was useless.’ When the war ended Bosco and his remaining family members returned home and had to start their lives again from scratch. Bosco had no skills and used to help his aunt, unpaid, carry heavy food produce to market as she built her business up. When he heard of the opportunity to join Kira Farm he didn’t think he would be successful, but decided to try anyway.

Other people have problems too

Hearing stories from the other trainees helped Bosco come out of his shell. ‘I thought I was the only person of my age with problems,’ he says. ‘I was blown away hearing what everyone had gone through before Kira.’ Bosco felt ashamed he had even cried about his past. This process opened his eyes to the real world and helped him focus on how he could live a better life.

Faith and self-esteem

At Kira Farm Bosco received mentoring and discipleship training. ‘It was so helpful knowing that no matter what I have gone through, God still has a good plan for my life and he is always ready to bless the works of my hands,’ he says. Learning how to speak in evening devotions also boosted Bosco’s confidence.

On fire to do business

For a number of years Bosco had seen his aunt run a business but hadn’t been able to think of what he could do for himself. After receiving training in business skills at Kira Farm Bosco says he went home, ‘on fire to do business.’ He started off doing building work, using the construction skills he acquired at Kira, to save the capital necessary to start an enterprise. Over the course of three months he worked on a number of building sites constructing toilets, houses, and doing some plastering. He earned £155 and used this money to open a small shop in Lira and buy a deep freezer.

Bosco’s shop makes a profit of around £8 a day selling cold drinks. ‘I still want to make money from the building sector so I have employed a boy to help me run the shop when I am on building sites,’ explains Bosco. ‘I have taught him some skills, like bookkeeping, and the business is going well.’

Living life as an independent man

Bosco is grateful, too, for the way Kira Farm helped him think differently about men and housework. ‘I used to think I should get married young so I would have someone to cook for me, wash my clothes and clean the house,’ explains Bosco. ‘At Kira the men had to do all the jobs I thought were for women and now I am able to live an independent life. I am happy to cook and clean and I believe I am a good example to my neighbours who leave all the domestic work to their wives. I am happy that when the time comes I will marry for love, and not for free services at home!’

As well as running a shop, working on construction sites and creating employment, Bosco is providing for his elderly parents and helping in his youth group at church, sharing all he learnt at Kira Farm.

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