Fresher’s Story

    Fresher was born to parents in deep poverty, living in Njeru Uganda. He is the eldest of four children, with younger siblings Esau, Teddy and Nakayi.  The four youngsters were made to raise themselves before they were brought to the Peace for Paul family. Fresher’s father is an alcoholic who became so addicted he neglected his entire family and even himself. The father was unemployed but any little money he did earn was spent on alcohol. Most nights, he slept outside of the home (at bars, people’s verandas or even the streets). This left Fresher’s mother on her own as she tried to care for her children. In the early years, it was reported she would wash peoples clothes, fetch water or dig in people’s gardens in order to earn some money to feed her children. After many years of struggle however, it seems the mother just gave up and stopped caring for her children. She began locking the four children in the house for days at a time, leaving them completely alone, and without food or water. The children screamed for help, and unfortunately this angered neighbors who would come and threaten them from outside.

    The local chairperson of the village reported that occasionally the mother would come to visit the children, but she spoke negatively about them, blaming them for her own struggles. She would physically and verbally abuse them and then leave them home alone again. It came to a point where Fresher was old enough to take charge. He became the head of the young family of siblings and would lead them outside to look in rubbish pits for leftover food. He would look for odd jobs to earn some money to supplement as well.

    Finally, the children’s struggle was brought to the attention of the authorities who forwarded the case to the police. In 2019, both parents were arrested for negligence, child abuse and forced child labor. It was at this time, that Fresher and his siblings were brought to The Peace for Paul Foundation. Now, they have a safe place to call home, and loving aunties and uncles to ensure all of their needs are met and that they know the meaning of love and support. They will attend school and will be able to look toward their future with hope. 

    Date of Birth: May 20, 2013


    What do you want to be when you grow up? I want to be a teacher

    Why? So I can teach children

    What is your favorite color? Yellow

    What is your favorite food? Chicken and rice

    What is your favorite thing to do? Playing with toys

    What is your favorite subject in school? Mathematics