Former street orphan changing others’ lives
PASTOR Gideon Kabange gave up his house, his car and his former life just so he could improve the lives of Ugandan children.
Mr Kabange, who lives in the Ugandan capital of Kampala, has been visiting Australia for the past month as part of a Christian school exchange.
While out here Mr Kabange wanted to enlighten Warwick about the stark reality his students faced.
"Statistics shows that 82 per cent of students don't make it to university because of poverty and the time spend in first levels," he said.
"By university, they've already run out of money."
Mr Kabange's Ararat Christian Junior Academy hosted 32 orphans, many of whom had lost their parents to AIDS.
For Mr Kabange, supporting those orphans was more than a simple act of charity.
"Part of my story is that I grew up as a street orphan. I lost my mum at six and my dad at seven," he said.
"Life on the street wasn't good, there was no hope of meals or shelter."
Life was changed for Mr Kabange when a church member picked him off the streets, but when they also died, Mr Kabange was left to support himself.
Now a pastor and principal with a masters in business administration, Mr Kabange wants to ensure students never have to battle through the same hardships.
"I want to reach children who have gone through what I went through," he said.
"I want students to turn from a hopeless life into a life of hope."
Mr Kabange is speaking at a Warwick Baptist Church barbecue on Saturday night, hoping to share his story with Warwick and encourage residents to sponsor his students.
"We're trying to see if can raise some capital to start doing something," he said.
At the moment, Mr Kabange can only afford to give students one meal a day but with $1000 a month Mr Kabange could also provide the entire school breakfast.
The barbecue is at Warwick Baptist Church's Guy St Hall.
It starts at 6pm and a $5 donation will go towards Mr Kabange's ministry.
Contact Bette Bonney on 0429 432 510 or bettebonney @bigpond.com for more information.