A letter to transmute and stretch perspective:
My name is Christian Kapita. I am a refugee, living in Uganda, originally from the DRC.
I am also an innovator and social entrepreneur at age 24. My initiative has helped realize the launch of Lazima Nipate Academy in Kampala, Uganda. There, young and helpless people, like me in the past, have the chance to focus and work on realizing their dreams for themselves and their community.
I am putting forward a cry for help. As the covid-19 pandemic spread over Uganda, a developing country with a limited and unreliable healthcare system, we face new obstacles. Our curfew is strict. Schools, academies and churches remain shut. Work has now become close to impossible to find.
As a result of this, for the six months of this global tragedy, my family and I have been unable to pay rent. Our money has been going from hand to mouth; my mother worked herself to illness and now needs to rest so it is me alone attempting to provide for her and my younger siblings.
Because of this, our landlord wishes to throw us on the streets.
I once again feel some helplessness. When I came to Uganda in 2006, I wished to build life. Difficulties were many: money for our school fees was not there, with refugee status work was hard to find. We had to learn new languages (two of them), adapt to a new culture, allow it to meet ours. We kearnt to not fall into drugs, prostitution, theft. Get back up when we were beat.
We did all this. I watched people near me fall and not rise, crushed by the weight of their situation. I used it as fuel and tried to build an institution to do something about this problem. I succeeded; but in light of this issue of finance all seems uncertain.
We owe our landlord 2,280,000 UGX , roughly 680$. We have managed to buy ourselves a month before eviction.
So I humbly ask, with a foot on my pride, for your help.
With kind regards,