Cathy Kaitesi, Fields of Life Acting Sponsorship Co-ordinator, was sponsored through her university education and now works within our Fields of Life office in Kampala. We asked Cathy a few questions so that you could get to know her a little bit better…
Tell us a bit about yourself.
My name is Catherine Kaitesi Praise.
I work as Acting Sponsorship Co-ordinator with Fields of Life, East Africa. I graduated from Mbarara University of Science & Technology, with a Bachelors Degree of Development studies, in 2009. I also have other relevant certificates like Counselling and Guidance from TASO. I have worked with Fields of Life since 2008, as a volunteer in the Sponsorship dept. Previously, I worked with Tycriady, Ministry of Health, Katabi Hospital.
I was once sponsored by Fields of Life; David Stevenson was my sponsor. I am born from a humble family of four children, two boys and two girls, I am the last born and my parents passed away before I was 15 – Jeremiah 29:11.
Tell us a fact about yourself:
When I was in primary six, my mother gave me money to buy a dress for Christmas, then I went with my sister to Kampala city (Owoni Market). I heard a man shouting, “When you turn any of these cards and pick red, I will give u money”. He continuously repeated it, so I stood and saw how they played the cards, after a minute I said to the man “Can I show you the red card?”, and immediately I pointed to it.
He replied, give me money and try to pick it again, if you choose red, I will multiple it by two. I gave him the money and picked the card, guess what I picked, blue! The wrong one. So I shouted “Give me back my money”.
In that process, my sister found me and grabbed my hand, she was very annoyed. I screamed “No! My money!”, then she asked me where my money was. I showed her the man I had given my money to, and we started arguing with the man, but within seconds I saw them packing up all of their things and leaving us there, very confused. All my money was gone…I started crying “Mamma my money!!!!”
The most interesting bit of that day, it’s still fresh and a common joke in the family, “Don’t play cards like Cathy did when mum gave her money for a Christmas dress!”
When did you first get involved with Fields of Life and Why?
In October 2004, through the Barnabas Team that was led by David Stevenson, that was a turning point in my life, when David Stevenson said, “I will sponsor Cathy at the university”.
In 2008, I started volunteering with Fields of Life during holidays, and in 2012 I was appointed officially as Assistant Sponsorship Officer.
I love what Fields of Life do and I wanted to be part of team, which I achieved, and my heart is at rest.
What is your favourite thing about your job?
Knowing that I am serving God, through transforming the lives of children at all levels.
What’s been the most exciting thing since you started?
Hearing stories of ladies and gentlemen who were sponsored by Fields of Life, who are now impacting their communities, how they have been transformed. For example, Eva who is now a Dentist (Dr) in Mengo Hospital.
What words would you use to describe yourself?
God fearing, humble, self-motivated and a responsible lady.