Kigo Prison: Bad company

Kigo Jacob I am Jacob [not his real name], born in the Soroti District (Uganda) in November 1979. I grew from a poor family. My parents separated and abandoned me. When I was young, I suffered locally without any assistance. After abandoning me, my parents reconciled back, they got me when I was in a very poor condition, naked and completely worn-out. They didn't leave me, but took me to a hospital for treatment and later they decide to take me to school. When I joined Primary School I did well. I joined Secondary School but my parents failed to pay my school fees, so I dropped out of school. Since then the battle began afresh. So I had to do something about it. I had to join a mechanical garage and started making my ends meet there.

After sometime I got in touch with bad company. That changed my life for the worst. We started committing crimes playfully thinking that it was just for fun. But there came sometime when we really started it big. We started seriously now wanting bigger things forcefully, before I could think twice. The robberies gravitated and I had already been labelled hardcore criminal. I felt I couldn't reverse it because it was now in blood. When I was arrested and charged with aggravated robbery, I was convicted to six years of imprisonment.

This is when I started digging back into my past and realised that bad company had ruined my life. I started coming back to my normal senses not to repeat to be close to bad company. I have now changed my life from plan A to plan B, to involve myself in church programmes and positively start hard working for the wellbeing of my family. I am a father of five children.

Also prison has played its big role to transform me from my addicted and chronic bad practises through the hard time and hard life in prison. Christian bodies also have played a great role to change prisoner's lives spiritually. Now since SCS also joined the battle of transforming prisoners, I see that this team is a solid fresh food for us prisoners, which has shown me a bright and promising future; Mathew 14:15-20 (briefly Jesus provided both spiritual and fresh food). So the church provides a word and the SCS team provides skills.

The SCS team has reminded me that prisoners still have another hope, chance to live, and to be loved. I now request SCS to assist prisoners by educating and training them to more skills that will assist them in prison and outside prisons. I pray that SCS sponsors could also follow up with prisoners to educate them even after prisons, so that it will not be a loss to the sponsors.

I thank you sponsors of SCS from the Netherlands for your caring heart and unconditional good attitude expressed towards prisoners in Africa, especially Uganda. It has revived our lost hope. Now I know we have people caring for us from this hot pan. I see a realistic bright and a promising future. I therefore urge you to maintain the spirit. Keep it up.