This is Peter. 18 years old. Until recently, he used to live with us at King's Kid Home School. Peter's father died in a car accident when he was still very young, leaving his mother, who was unemployed at the time, to take care of Peter and his two brothers. King's Kid took all three children into full-time care, but Peter was the only one who managed to complete his primary school education. By the time he was 15 years old, having completed primary school, Peter decided not to continue on to secondary school. He much preferred to work with his hands and had always enjoyed practical jobs, so he opted to take on an apprenticeship in mechanics with a local garage. After two years, during which time he boarded at King's Kid Home, he completed that apprenticeship and moved to the capital city, Kampala, to continue his education with a bigger firm. He is now in the final year of his training. He is paid a small wage from his workplace and is learning valuable skills about how to live independently. Peter often comes back to visit us at King's Kid to let us know how he's doing and to encourage the younger children to stay in school, work hard and achieve their dreams as he is doing. We asked Peter about some of the things he has learnt from King's Kid. Here's what he had to say:
"King's Kid has taught me to pray and fear God. It has taught me to be a hardworking, faithful and responsible young man. Mummy always said I will be a great man. King's Kid gave me a pass slip for P7 [record of completing primary education] and taught me many skills, like how to decorate [the church], care for livestock and speak English. I have had the opportunity to speak to many people from many nations I never knew.
Thank you King's Kid for all you have done for me to be someone. May God bless you."