Gilbert was the last born out of eight children and didn’t expect to go to university. No one in his community had been before, let alone anyone in his family. Despite this Gilbert was inspired to set up his own business following a single computer class at his child development centre. This dream was originally unrealistic, with Gilbert knowing it was unlikely for him to graduate from university and start up a successful business. But the Leadership Development Programme (LDP) turned this small Ugandan child’s dream into a reality.
After studying day and night and becoming top of his class, Gilbert explains “there were students in higher years who would ask me and my friend Michael to help them as they work on their final project. The final project was to identify an IT problem in an organisation and solve it”. Helping out these students enabled Gilbert to boost his confidence in his IT knowledge, as always received excellent comments from those he helped. He realised he could develop bigger projects for bigger companies and make a lot of money, further setting his dream into action.
By the time graduation approached and Gilbert had begun to set up the business, he realised his dream had changed. Rather than just making money from the venture, he wanted to be the responsible Christian leader that the LDP had equipped him to be, and build up his employees in the same light. “The programme moulded me into a leader of integrity, working with honesty and diligence, and a leader who can do the right thing at the right time, irrespective of who is watching. It made me study the Bible more, and I long to know God more and more,” says Gilbert.
Another key thing Gilbert received during his time as a sponsored student was love. He is grateful to his sponsors for investing in his life. Because of their intervention, Gilbert’s dream was made possible. The sponsorship not only provided a stepping stone into a passion-filled career path but also equipped Gilbert to begin a lifelong relationship with Christ.