Success Story: Richard Weazher
This is my story…
It’s my pleasure to share with you my life story…I was a son
I left my father’s house and went to the city streets in order to find freedom.
While on the street I meet a lot of challenges like no shelter, no food, no water and also being hunted by the police officers to be taken to prison was the order of the day. I used to
After some time as I was walking alongside one of the roads in Kampala I came across a signpost with words “Friends of the Children’s Association (FOCA)”. Inside
FOCA staffs took me to another
While at KIN I started training my friends at the orphanage some art which became a big idea for the administration. At KIN I managed to complete my high school and joined the university to train as an artist, but KIN collapsed due to financial constraints and poor management before I had completed my art education.
Then SHALOM CHARITY FOUNDATION took over the
It was 2010 when I met mummy Jo, she was
I had nowhere to go after the eviction. Mummy Jo accepted to help me with my academics and complete my course and she also helped me to transfer my studio after the eviction. I finally left the deadly slum. This made me
After my excellent performance at the
I thank them for helping me realize and achieve part of my dream through education and a positive artistic life..wooooooooow..lol
NOW AM A QUALIFIED ART TEACHER
Who am I to extend knowledge to others.
By Richard Mayanja
Update from ChanCes…
Since 2014 Richard has pursued a Postgraduate Diploma in Education, Masters in Art and Industrial design and has recently accepted a sponsorship to complete a Masters degree of Vocational Pedagogy in Oslo, Norway at Akershus University College of Applied Science.
Richard was also invited to participate in the National Non Formal Curriculum formatting accredited by the National Council for Higher Education. Amongst Richard’s academic life, he has found time to work with different NGOs (charity organisations) and Secondary Schools in Uganda as an art instructor in performing and visual arts. He works at Kyambogo University (Department of art and industrial design) as teaching staff which provides him a higher opportunity to realise his dream of mentoring many future artists; “new look at art, sensitised art culture and a positive artistic life for social transformation”.
Richard’s dream is to complete his PhD in Australia …and we expect he will probably do it!
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