‘Introducing Kababy my first son:’ made public Kampala corporate circle’s heartthrob Jon Fisher Sekabira today.
Jon Fisher, a Senior Corporate Marketing Officer at state utility National Water & Sewerage Corporation (NWSC) is bound to be more popular among the ladies after he disclosed online plans to adopt a child from Ntonwa Trading Center in Kamwenge District despite being fairly a young man still finding his footing.
He took to social networking site Facebook to share the news on Wednesday, writing, “I will try to help Kababy find a school and other needs. Let’s always thank God for the things we have in life.”
Mr. Sekabira, also the President Young Water Professionals in Uganda has met the baby boy while on NWSC field work with colleagues in Western Uganda.
He said his heart was filled with pity the moment he laid eyes on the hungry toddler and his mentally ill mother.
Reliving the moment he first laid eyes on his skeletal frame, Fisher said: ‘I was so sick to my bones to see a little boy in such a horrible condition.
“The young boy looked sad and hungry while his mother sat on the floor at a nearby shop; cold and sad. I immediately reached for my food and stuffed the boy.
“Last evening I left for Kamwenge after long days work in Fort Portal and Kyenjojo districts. The team in Kamwenge had prepared us supper and drinks. Extremely tired and fatigued, I decided to go straight to bed but told the hotel to keep my food (Chips, chicken, fruits and a drink) since I was leaving very early (5am) to visit villages in Kamwenge.
“I wanted to throw away the food because I was still satisfied in the morning. But again, something told me to go with the food to the field. After 60kms, I stopped at Ntonwa Trading Center. My eyes shot at a young boy who looked sad and hungry. Her mother sat on the floor at a nearby shop cold and sad. I immediately reached for my food and stuffed the boy.”
“I was told that his name is Kababy and his mother is mentally ill. We bought more food + water and fed the boy and the family. Kababy jumped up full of life and vigour.”
Kamwenge District is one of the areas hit by a high prevalence of poverty and domestic violence. The district curved from Kabarole district located in Toro Kingdom is located in the Mid-western Uganda where the HIV prevalence is at 8-8.4 Percent (UAIS Report 2011).
In Kamwenge and Uganda, being chronically poor stems from a web of inter-related factors, amongst which lack of assets, lack of education, chronic illness, belonging to a large and expanding household and remoteness appear prominently. Exclusion or self-exclusion from decision-making and development also features.
Poor women like Kababy’s mother are particularly vulnerable to chronic poverty; in addition to gender inequities, additional factors, which then ‘double’ their plight, include: unemployment for elderly persons, being discriminated and neglected as a widow, being land less and having to care for numerous dependent children, especially orphans.
Different shocks, including insecurity and HIV, and more long term processes, such as land fragmentation, trap people and their descendants into chronic poverty.
Kudos Jon Fisher Sekabira!