Walter Okello

 

BORN: 2003

Favorite thing about SGU: The chance to follow my dreams

One Wish: To be a famous musician

God is: "Big"

Favorite Bible Verse: "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." - John 3:16

 

walter's STORY:

Street life began for Walter at just 2 years old. His father was killed by Joseph Kony’s rebel army and his mother fled their village to live in an internal displacement camp. His mother died of starvation due to a lack of food in the camp. Walter left the camp to live on the streets because there wasn’t enough food for him. Although is mother is still alive, she is living with AIDS and unable to care for Walter. Even though he was very young, Walter became addicted to drugs and involved in gang activity.

By age 5, Uncle Fred was able to take Walter off of the streets and give him a home, education and new hope for his future at the Saving Grace Children's Village. Now, Walter is thriving in his safe environment and has big dreams for his future. He enjoys playing soccer, performing acrobatics, and listening to rap music. He's very street smart and can easily relate to others. He is a natural influencer in the village and many of the younger kids in the village and school want to be his friend. Walter has experienced much tragedy and hardship in his life at such a young age, but he recognizes the hope he still has and is grateful for how Saving Grace has helped transform his circumstances.