Richard Okii

 
 

BORN:  November 9, 1998

Favorite thing about SGU: Protection

One Wish: "I would like to be an engineer, an electrical engineer. I am already talented in it."

God is: "Somebody above all things"

Favorite Bible Verse: "Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you." - Matthew 7:7

 

richard's STORY:

When Richard was six years old, he lost both of his parents due to HIV/AIDS. After this, Richard was taken in by his grandmother who could barely support him. For a few years he lived as a day commuter, spending most of his time on the streets and going back to his grandmother’s house to sleep. Eventually Richard’s grandmother could no longer take care of him and he was forced to fully embrace the street life.

After a few months of living the harsh street life, Uncle Fred was able to take Richard in to live at the Children’s Village and attend Saving Grace Primary School. Richard immediately began to excel in school, especially at his favorite subject, math. In 2014 he was recognized in the capital city of Uganda for scoring the some of highest marks in the entire country on math section of the national standardized test. Richard is very mature for his age and a very independent thinker. He has a gorgeous smile and you know when he finds something really funny because his whole face lights up when he laughs. He enjoys playing soccer, reading, and one day hopes to become a primary school teacher.