As a child, Nekomia was badly neglected. His mother and father were both alcoholics, leaving them unfit to care for him or earn enough money to support their children financially.
When his parents couldn’t afford to buy the things he needed to attend school, he dropped out altogether. Without an education, his chance of getting a decent job in the future evaporated and he was at serious risk of heading down a dangerously wrong path in life.
Thankfully though, at the point when Nekomia could have got involved in serious crime or gang culture, he was helped by one of our projects at the Patongo Youth Centre.
It was there that the dedicated staff taught him a whole new set of skills in horticulture, agriculture and forestry. He regularly attended the training sessions, learning both the theory and practicalities involved in growing crops and setting up a business.
He was then given some tomato seeds to plant and put into practice all that he had learnt.
Before long, Nekomia’s small garden was producing succulent, ripe tomatoes which he was then able to sell. The project even put him in touch with the town council and other buyers in the district who now buy their tomatoes directly from Nekomia’s garden. He also regularly sells his produce at the town’s market.
By gaining so much knowledge and learning new skills, Nekomia has transformed his life and that of his siblings. He provides for them and earns a living to support his whole family.
Not only does he enjoy the fruits of his labour, but he has grown into a pretty remarkable young man.