Ugandan man to share his experiences


A Ugandan man who overcame life in the slums will speak in Oamaru next week.

Richmond Wandera will share his journey, along with that of former Parachute Band front man Omega Levine, as part of TEAR Fund’s I Am Not Forgotten tour at the Oamaru Elim Church on August 14.

TEAR Fund events manager Sharon Raath said Mr Wandera was a highly sought-after speaker who has shared his story around the world.

“He is a powerful example of the life-changing impact that sponsoring a child can make.”

Mr Wandera, who was born and raised in the Ngaruru slum in Uganda, will be talking about his life of hardship, which changed when he was sponsored as a child by a young American girl.

As a child, he suffered from malaria more than 10 times and when he was eight, his father was murdered, leaving Mr Wandera to spend each day searching for food for his mother and six siblings.

He will talk about how his life changed once he was sponsored – he received schooling, regular medical check-ups and nutritious food.

Mr Wandera attended secondary school before gaining a degree in accounting and a master’s degree in theology at university.

He is currently the pastor of the same church he attended as a child.

Former Auckland-based Parachute Band front man Omega Levine will also talk about overcoming his own set of obstacles.

Born without a nose, he was not accepted by his peers and was teased about the way he looked.

He grew up with no self-esteem and was ready to take his own life at the age of 15.

Mr Levine will share how he turned his life around and will also perform some of his most-loved songs.

The free event will be held at the Oamaru Elim Church, Severn St on August 14 at 7pm.


OVERCOMING HARDSHIP: Ugandan man Richmond Wandera will be in Oamaru next week talking about overcoming life in the slums.

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