Last year, a few of our rising leaders had the incredible opportunity to be inspired by a Nobel Peace Prize winner at the annual PeaceJam Conference. This conference mentors and empowers youth and young adults, encouraging them to create positive social change in their communities across the globe. We are so proud of Amos, one of the five secondary school students who was chosen to represent Watoto as a result of his excellence in leadership.
Amos was five-years-old when he came to Watoto with his sister. After the death of their parents, they lived with their frail grandfather who struggled to care for the family, until eventually being brought to Watoto.
“Our grandfather lived alone with no support from relatives. When our parents died, he was the only person willing to take care of us,” said Amos. Sadly, his grandfather died a few years ago.
As a child, Amos dreamed of becoming a spy or a forensic psychologist. He says this now seems a little far-fetched, but he still believes that he can do something related to the protection and well being of others. Following this passion, he is part of the anti-human-trafficking club at school. The club tours other schools in the community, helping to raise awareness. In addition, Amos is an artist who wants to see his love and passion grow beyond pictures on paper, to those in motion.
“I have always loved drawing. While on a Watoto Children’s Choir tour in 2006, I painted a lot for the host homes we stayed in. I would leave my finished works as gifts for the children,” he recalled.
“As I grew up, I realised that I could take my drawings from paper and put movement to them. That’s how I started learning videography. I have experimented with a few video clips about several activities that happen at home in the village. I look forward to refining my skills and doing videography at a professional level.”
At 19 years old, Amos is focused and showing great promise as a leader.
Through Peace Jam, he was encouraged to live with compassion in a multicultural world. Along with the other students, he was exposed to a different community and had the opportunity to study the life of Nobel Peace Prize winner Betty Williams.
Amos shared, “This year’s conference was based on the life of Betty Williams, a Nobel Peace Prize winner who brought about peace and reconciliation between Catholics and Anglicans in the then troubled country of Ireland in the 1970s.”
“I have learnt so much from her life. The way she managed to bring about peace despite the violent conflict, has taught me that we aren’t that different regardless of race or culture. I also learnt that conflict is inevitable as we are all individual human beings. However, we are to put ourselves in each other’s shoes and embrace each other with love.”
The conference made a lasting impression on Amos to live every day of his life as an example to others. Thank you for supporting Amos, and children like him, to become leaders in their community. Through them, together, we are rebuilding the nation of Uganda. Your support matters.