In Congo my wife and I were teachers. We were working and we had some security in our country. Then the rebels came and they killed my parents.
They killed everyone, they did horrible things to the old people and the children. Our life was full of fear, we tried to persist, but in the end it was too much.
Then the rebels came to our village, so we decided to stay at the church for protection. But they came there killed 37 people and many others were wounded.
By the grace of God my wife and I escaped from that church.
Later, the rebels came to my house and they stabbed my wife in the chest. It is a miracle that she survived. We knew we could not live there any longer so we decided to run away from Congo, we were able to escape to Uganda.
It wasn’t easy when we arrived, I felt like life was against me. When I reflected back to Congo I would remember when life was good. We had good jobs, but from the moment I arrived in Uganda I felt like life had been lost. I cried. I felt like I was in the middle of nowhere with no place to go. I was too frustrated.
Then, I heard that Tutapona was coming to train people. I attended the program and from the first day I left feeling good; that I was still living. I thanked God for sending Tutapona, it was like God was sending a message that this is why we were here.
“From the first day I left feeling good, thankful that I was still living”
I learned through Tutapona that I could live with my enemy. I learned about forgiveness and I learned that I was actually overwhelming myself with my thoughts. I found a lot of relief in that.
“I learned through Tutapona that I could live with my enemy.”
I also learned about life challenges and that I need to have a target in life. Despite what I left in my old country, I can still go on and live a good life. On that day I decided that even from where I am now, I can start a new life and live again. I knew I could make mud bricks, so I decided to start there. I sold them and made enough money to buy a bike and some jerry cans.
I fetched water from the lake and sold it. Then I saved enough money to open a store, then build my house, then buy chickens and pigs.
I’m thankful that Tutapona have given life back into us, so that now we are like new people.
We no longer have to rely on others to give us things for free because we have the ability now to work and provide for ourselves.
Because of the generosity of others, Kado is now a light in his family and his community. BUT there are thousands of people just like Kado with stories that are yet to end with hope.
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