Sponsor child tells life story
A former sponsor child from Uganda is coming to Porirua to tell his inspirational story as part of the I Am Not Forgotten tour with Tear Fund.
Richmond Wandera was raised in the slums of Ngaruru in Uganda.
His father was murdered when he was 8, leaving him to help his mother care for his six siblings. He spent hours searching for food every day.
However, his life changed when he was sponsored by a young American girl and began receiving regular medical check-ups and schooling, and better food.
Wandera said his whole family benefited from the Tear Fund sponsorship programme.
After secondary school he gained a degree in accounting and later a masters degree in theology.
He is now a pastor in the same church he attended when a child in the sponsorship programme.
Wandera is a preacher and speaker and has told his story at churches and conferences around the world.
Tear Fund events manager Sharon Raath said she was thrilled to bring Wandera to New Zealand.
‘‘He is a powerful example of the life-changing impact sponsoring a child can make,’’ she said.
Wandera will speak at the Titahi Bay Community Church Hall on February 16 from 7pm till 8.30pm. It is a free event, suitable for all ages.
Former Ugandan sponsor child Richmond Wandera will tell his story in Titahi Bay this month.