Spon­sor child tells life story

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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.

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