Robert was born in Western Uganda near Lake Albert and is the fourth born with 7 siblings, 5 brothers and 2 sisters. For much of his childhood, Robert grew up with his childless uncle, as the only child on a large farm it could often be challenging as he was exposed to hard physical work. As a teenager he returned to his family home but the family struggled to provide for the needs of the children, especially education. Eventually, Robert was sent to a Christian school who educated needy children. The school was far away from home and he was very much alone. The situation became even more difficult with the passing of Robert’s father, who had been ill for some time. However, his life was deeply changed during his time at the school, Robert had an encounter with the Lord and gave his life to Jesus. This experience would eventually be the fuel that flamed his passion to give his life to serving needy and homeless children.
While at the children’s center, Robert was able to interact with missionaries from all over the world and made strong connections with them. In 2009, at the age of 17 Robert moved to a new children’s home where he continued his education. Whilst there he got involved in an outreach program, the children would go and clean the streets.Robert gained leadership experience at the Children’s home and school that would prove to be invaluable in the future. Later the home started another outreach program which involved visiting hospitals to pray for the sick, this work had a big impact on Robert’s life. He fell in love with visiting the children’s ward, praying for and playing with the children was one of the things that impacted him most. Through these visits Robert discovered that people were dying due to the lack of blood donors. He started donating blood as often as possible, knowing that each donation could save the lives of children and adults.
Overtime Robert continued the outreach work on his own, visiting different needy communities. In 2011 during his first year of high school, he founded ‘Let’s Serve Christ Ministries’ based on Matthew 25:35 40. Verse 40 “….assuredly, I say to you in as much as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me.” As he prayed, his passion grew and he started writing down ideas. These ideas turned into his vision for this new outreach program. He could not contain his enthusiasm and began sharing his vision with everyone around him.
In 2011, Robert partnered with a friend in supporting four street children by providing housing, food, clothes, and schooling. These four boys shared the news with other street children. Word spread and eventually children started pouring in seeking help. Robert was overwhelmed by the children’s needs. He prayed about the need and God directed him to start ‘Born Like Others’ children’s home.
2012 was a busy year for Robert. He was in his final year of high school and there was still a huge need to help the street children that were still coming for help. He assembled a board of directors to help run the organization.
Robert’s experience of growing up in poverty, and losing his father at a young age, trained and inspired him to help others in need. He also believes that God has especially called him to love and support needy children to become what they are destined to be in life. His social and friendly personality has helped him to meet people that have greatly contributed towards the steady and fast progress of the vision. He also believes every experience in his life, whether good or bad, has helped him and the organization to be what it is today. Robert believes “all things work together for the good” and he works tirelessly with people in his community and around the world to provide a chance for children and adults to know that they are Born Like Others.