I have known Patrick since our time in Kisenyi when we were feeding boys in 2015. He was older than most of the boys and had been on the streets for years, his father lives in Kampala. He had lost his front teeth and I believe had sniffed too much jet fuel! I don’t think he had ever been to school but spoke English well and was happy to talk and build up a relationship with us.
Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. Lamentations V22/23
He didn’t come into George’s Place until early 2017, when Ole from Norway, came to visit with his wife and we took them on a tour of Kampala to show them where our work started. We ‘bumped’ into Patrick, who begged us to take him – none of the other organisations were willing as he was older and so integrated in street life. We told him we would come back the following week and if he was drug-free we would give him a trial period. He came and as far as I am aware has never taken drugs again, he settled in quickly. Not long after we enrolled him in Meeting Point (boarding) for a two-year course on Welding. He did well, finished his course and has now started an apprenticeship not far from where his father and stepmother live, where he has been re-homed.
Patrick came and stayed during the lockdown and helped with the cooking. He feels part of the Homes of Promise family and usually visits at least once a month. Patrick has a good sense of humour, likes swimming, football, badminton (always asks me to play!)
It hasn’t been easy for Patrick, who has changed his life around, there have been a few hiccups but he is a very pleasant young man, always smiling, willing to listen to advice, your prayers please for Patrick, as he matures and moves forward.
With love and good wishes.