Caleb Malwadde has been part of the Fields of Life family since 1996, when he was sponsored through school. We were delighted to welcome Caleb into the Uganda office as an intern in 2012, and now he works with us full time as a Logistics Officer. We asked Caleb a few questions, this is part of his story…
Tell us a bit about yourself:
My name is Caleb and I was born on 1st June 1988. I am from a Christian family and I am the last born of 16 children, eight girls and eight boys.
I hold a Bachelors’ Degree of Library and Information Science. I am working with Fields of Life as a Logistics Officer, and this is my 5th year in Fields of Life. I am single, though I plan to marry at exactly 30 years of age.
Tell us a fact about yourself:
I like Politics and History and, when I was still in school, I enjoyed both African and European History more than any other subject; I don’t know how I missed becoming a historian, it has been my passion since child hood.
When I was at school, I recall being a ‘news anchor’ for my fellow colleagues. I would listen to political programs on the radio every evening after school, and the following day I would organise a group of friends and tell them stories I had heard the previous evening. I enjoyed both local and international events; I am also an Arsenal fan.
When did you first get involved with Fields of Life and Why?
Being one of the first children to be recruited and sponsored by Fields of Life, I have known the organisation since 1996, when I was recruited by Uncle Trevor from my home village.
Since then Fields of Life has been my home up to now. However, I joined as an employee in 2012, when I received a call from the sponsorship team asking me to come in and write my last letter to my sponsor. On reaching the offices, I had an opportunity to meet the CEO, Richard Spratt; after a discussion with him, he asked me whether I could do some work with Fields of Life as an intern and because I was raised and nurtured by Fields of Life, I boldly without hesitation said yes! This was an opportunity for me to give back to the organisation that had given me an education as well as nurturing me.
What is your favourite thing about your job?
My job involves meeting new people from all of the different spheres of life, this is quite interesting to me. Interestingly, some people expect a huge and giant Caleb, which is opposite of who I am; and many of them ask me where Caleb is. When I tell them that I am Caleb, they can’t believe it, because most of the time we communicate on phone. This amuses me!
One day, I went to Toyota to collect a vehicle after its repairs, as I was signing the pass at the gate, the Workshop Manager of Toyota couldn’t believe that I was the one since all along we had been communicating on phone. He could only believe so when I revealed my Company ID!
What has been the most exciting thing since you started?
Fields of Life has shaped and nurtured me into a responsible man and citizen; and this has been the case for many other children in Uganda and East Africa as a whole. I joined the organisation when I was so young, but I have grown both spiritually and professionally and I find this quite interesting.
It’s quite marvelous to witness the organisation growing and developing day by day, this gives me confidence and strength that, at least, for the disadvantaged, needy and impoverished children both in Uganda and East Africa there is someone who cares about them and that is Fields of Life.
I know Fields of Life can’t help everyone, but many are reached and their lives are changed just like mine was.
What 3 words would you use to describe yourself?
God fearing, liberal and humorous