My name is Cheshari Ivan Gabriel, born on December 31, 1995 in Kapchorwa District.
I completed Senior Six in 2014 from Kapchorwa Secondary School and was set to join university the following year.
However, my mother fell sick and I had to call off joining the university in 2015 in anticipation of reapplying the following year.
The year 2016 came, and I was not now sure where I was going to find tuition from but my mother told me to just apply because I could be considered for the next intake.
I was admitted to study Industrial Psychology at Makerere University. My mother secured just half of the money that was required to see me kick off the journey at the campus.
However, she was unable to complete the required fees so I was not allowed to sit for exams at the end of the first semester.
In 2017, I tried my luck again. I was admitted but again did not join yet deep in my heart I wanted to join university and make my mother proud.
I kept praying for a miracle to happen. In 2019, I finally rejoined the university with the fees for one semester although I did not pay up to 100 per cent. When the second semester approached, there was no hope because we still had the balance of the previous semester even when I had – miraculously – sat the exams.
In 2020, I happened to attend a friend’s graduation ceremony in Kapchorwa and the Lord brought Joshua Cheptegei to the party. I was very instrumental in organizing the function. When it came to Joshua’s turn to speak, he resonated so much with what I was going through.
He said: “If any of you gets stuck at school because of tuition, then they should not hesitate to ask us [Foundation] for help.”
This was a life-changing opportunity. I walked to him with a mixture of fear and confidence. He asked if Yeko Kevin, for whom the graduation ceremony was, was my friend and I answered in the affirmative. So he asked me to link up with Kevin and then see how they could help me.
I contacted Yeko Kevin, Musani Tim Aggrey, aka Howard, Limo Jesse, and Majinjach Festo from the Foundation who requested that they meet my parents to see how to help.
A few days later, the group came home and met my parents who briefed them about my situation. I did not know that they had been touched by the story. They gave me hope and courage to always expect the best from them.
Finally, the Joshua Cheptegei Development Foundation paid Shs3,435,000 in total for two semesters. That has been my turning point. Until today, I cannot believe such an opportunity came to me.
Nothing better than this has ever happened in my life and I pray that the Foundation helps more people and the world should know what the team is doing on the ground.
God bless the Foundation and the team there.