Ruth Mwebaza is one of our Regional Sponsorship Officers, based in our East African Office in Uganda. We asked Ruth a few questions and here is what you need to know…
Tell us a bit about yourself:
My name is Ruth Mwebaza, I work as a Regional Sponsorship Officer with the East African office.
My parents are pastors in a local church, and I was blessed to grow up in a Christian home which gave me an opportunity to know Christ at an early age.
I have nine siblings, four brothers and five sisters. I am still single. I have worked with The AIDS Organisation mainly doing data management and later on with Brac Uganda and their data manager.
Tell us a fact:
While the rest of the world is saying, “Let’s go for girl education”, I am a strong supporter of boy’s education. I believe if we want to see a transformed community we need to engage boys and men in the matters that pertain life. I keep thinking if all men were educated or equipped with a skill, if they are taught God’s principles and they know their position according to Gods plan, they would be able to support their families, their wives and children. We would not have husbands neglecting their families, abusing their wives and children, we would not have criminals in prisons, or on streets.
Some might be thinking, “This girl is just crazy”, I get a lot of that from my friends and family whenever I talk about my passion for the boy child.
I have four boys that I support with school fees, my first sponsored child is in primary four at Kigina Dignity Primary school, one of Fields of Life supported schools.
When did you first get involved with Fields of Life and Why?
My parents are pastors in a local church, and by God’s Grace we got a school through Fields of Life (Kigina Dignity Primary School).
During the holidays, I volunteered with the school to train the children’s choir that raises funds and reaches out to others with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I also helped to support other disadvantaged children in the community that were not under the Fields of Life Sponsorship Programme.
I was also involved with the letter writing exercise at school, and sometimes, while at university, I would go with Fields of Life staff that would be going out to do letter writing in schools.
What is your favourite thing about your job?
Spending time with children in schools and listening to their stories and knowing I am making an impact in their life (especially high school students).
Knowing that my life has meaning, and is an instrument that God uses to impact and bring change in someone’s life is the most rewarding thing in my life. I can’t ask for more.
What has been the most exciting thing since you started?
Getting parents and guardians more involved in their children’s lives, and education; and also seeing children realise their potential and being positive about their education and the future. To me that’s building hope and looking towards transformed communities.
What 3 words would you use to describe yourself?
Open minded, outgoing and God Fearing.