Inspired to Inspire
- Published: Tuesday, 26 August 2014 20:20
In some way or another, each of us is born with the ability to inspire, to challenge or to make a difference in the lives of others, especially when we break out of our comfort zone and take a "peek" outside our self. See, Judge and Act is always the golden rule. The Zimu Foundation is born out of the desire to make a difference in the lives of others who are less fortunate and underprivileged in the impoverished villages of Uganda, especially in the village where I grew up. During my life experiences, it would have been easy to lose hope in life when faced with the crudest conditions life can offer due to the lack of access to education, basic healthcare, clean water and self-sustaining livelihoods. I was born and raised in a remote area in Uganda.
My name is Peter Mukasa. I come from a family of 8 children: 5 girls and 3 boys. We were raised in a humble one-bedroom house. The circumstances at home never permitted us to have a choice about what we ate or the clothes we wore. Many times we went without basic necessities. Lacking basic needs taught us to be both economical and very grateful for the little we had. It also presumed that we would share it with one another. While growing up, education and medical care were the biggest challenges faced at home. Neither was free. My parents could not afford to pay for either of them since they did not have paying jobs. The little our family had to pay for anything came only through laborious activities such as charcoal burning, animal keeping, brick making, and local beer brewing (locally known as banana beer). Despite doing all these activities, our family could hardly earn sufficient funds to pay for our tuition and our other basic needs at home (kerosene, salt, soap, etc). Since we often could not raise enough money for tuition, we only went to school whenever we had a small surplus. At times, I could study for one term (quarter) and another term (quarter) I remained at home working to get enough money to go back to school to finish the next term. With the ongoing financial difficulties at home, I never dreamt I would go to high school, and surely not college and university. All of these were only dreams for me, but now they have become a reality. God blessed me with my uncle who sponsored my education all through grade school, high school, college and university.