My early childhood was far from a fairy tale. It was an incredibly challenging journey that defies belief. Born into a family of rural peasants and destitute laborers, my life was marked by hardship. At the tender age of three months, I lost my father, leaving me without a paternal presence. However, it was my grandparents, Yepusa Emoru and Among Pulisikira, who stepped in and raised me with unwavering love and care.
My grandparents, burdened by age and poverty, struggled to meet my educational needs. When I turned seven, I enrolled in a village primary school, but the road ahead was arduous due to limited support. Despite these obstacles, it was the encouraging voice of my grandparents that kept me determined. My grandmother would often say to me, “mam ipodo,” meaning “Do not worry. Everything will be alright one day.” These words became my guiding light, instilling in me a sense of hope, respect, love, kindness, and unwavering faith in humanity.
The Turning Point
I Have a Dream
One factor that played a crucial role in my journey towards achieving my dream was my unwavering belief. I held onto the firm conviction that one day, I would make a difference and become a catalyst for change. Despite coming from a humble background, I fearlessly shared my aspiration of starting an NGO with my colleagues and friends during my younger years. Unfortunately, many responded with mockery and laughter, as it seemed implausible given my family’s financial circumstances. Their doubts were understandable, as none of my family members or close friends had ever ventured beyond our local town or abroad. However, my faith remained steadfast in a higher power. I firmly believed that God would align the necessary circumstances and bring my dream to fruition at the perfect time.
As I progressed through my secondary education, my desire to become a change maker continued to grow, especially as my confidence in speaking English improved. I intentionally surrounded myself with positive-minded individuals and distanced myself from those who would discourage me. I dedicated myself to acquiring knowledge about establishing organizations and took active steps towards achieving my dream. At this stage, my focus was on realizing my vision rather than seeking employment in a company that would consume a significant amount of my time.
Dream Coming True
Through perseverance and enduring numerous challenges, I successfully completed my college education. This marked a significant turning point in my journey, propelling me towards the realization of my long-cherished dream. On May 24th, 2018, I achieved a milestone by officially registering the Murphy Charitable Foundation, Uganda as a non-profit organization. With unwavering determination, our sole mission is to address the needs and uphold the rights of impoverished and marginalized individuals throughout Uganda.
Driven by a relentless passion, I am now diligently working towards expanding the impact of the Murphy Foundation to an international scale. It is my fervent desire to extend our reach and make a meaningful difference beyond the borders of Uganda. In all of these accomplishments, I attribute the glory solely to God.
LESSONS LEARNT ALONG MY JOURNEY IN BECOMING A CHANGE MAKER
- Patience and Time: Becoming a change maker in society requires a significant amount of time and patience. It is a long-term commitment that demands perseverance and resilience.
- Challenging Life Stories: The stories of change makers are often filled with hardships and obstacles. Some have had to endure difficult living conditions, using “dust bins” as their restaurant and finding shelter on open grounds. These experiences shape their determination to make a difference.
- Unwavering Determination: Every change maker possesses unwavering determination to achieve their dreams. They are driven by a deep sense of purpose and refuse to give up, even in the face of adversity.
- Growth through Kindness and Love: Change makers cultivate qualities such as kindness, love, trust, faith, and compassion. These values enable them to connect with others, inspire change, and create a positive impact in their communities.
- Guided by Faith and Love: The love and power of God serve as guiding forces for every change maker. Their faith provides strength and motivation to persevere, even when the path seems uncertain.
- Importance of Mentorship: Having a good mentor is invaluable for a change maker. Mentors provide guidance, support, and valuable insights, helping them navigate challenges and maximize their potential.
- Seeking Opportunities and Connections: Change makers actively seek new friends, opportunities, and connections. They understand the value of expanding their networks and creating meaningful collaborations to amplify their impact.
Throughout my journey, I have learned these valuable lessons, and they continue to shape my path as a change maker.
I express my heartfelt gratitude to the dedicated members, international staff, partners, donors, mentors, volunteers, and well-wishers who stand alongside the Murphy Charitable Foundation. It is through our collective efforts that we continue to grow and make a meaningful impact in the lives of those in need. Your unwavering support is invaluable, and together, we are advancing our mission. Thank you sincerely.
Samson Richard Okwii
Director – Murphy Charitable Foundation Uganda