#30for30 – Robert

#30for30 – Robert

Jul 18th, 2015

Robert

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Robert Seruyange was born in Luwero in 1982 during the time of the Ugandan Civil War. Sadly, both his parents died in the war. He became part of the seventh African Children’s Choir 1991.

Robert explains, “The organization is the backbone of my life. All experience, education, love and care that I have received over the years, I owe it to them. “I was sponsored up to university, where I graduated as an Accountant,” he adds.

Robert now works at the African Children’s Choir Primary School as the school Administrator, which he has done for about two years. As an administrator Robert oversees projects, supervises some staff members, monitors the primary going student’s welfare, as well as administrative work including finances at the school.

He says, “I love just spending time with these children, sharing a story or an experience and listening to them. Being part of their lives can be so rewarding.”

In addition, Robert believes that working with the Choir is more like a privilege, a chance to give back. He is highly convinced that there is nothing more rewarding than being part of a positive change in another person’s life.

“I am happily married to Jennipher Namara who was also in the Choir, and together we stay in Entebbe, a few kilometers away from the school,” Robert says.

Over the years, Robert admits that there have been a few people that have directed him onto the right path. “I will mention Mr. Paul Matembe also known as Uncle Paul. He has made a very big mark in my life. Uncle was and still continues to be my marriage counselor. He is an extremely patient man, humble, reliable and wise,” he comments.

Despite the most pressing challenge of having lost his parents at an early age, hunger, sickness and lacking a lot, Robert still chooses to see all this as an opportunity.

“To me a challenge is that situation that gets your mind thinking and sometimes it is not even about you,” he agrees.

Much as it is always overwhelming to see poverty, disease, brutality unfairness, hunger and all those other wrongs, he acknowledges, that personalities like Ray Barnett ( who we all refer to as Daddy Ray ), and all the sponsors that never give up on the children who need their help, “challenge me to be a better person.”

In his future prospects Robert hopes to see himself working in his own community, helping someone else and using his talents to reach out to them.

He further says, “My perspective of life is centered on what the Choir did for me. The Choir’s story is one of sacrifice, love, hope, sharing, caring, reaching out, and breaking boundaries and every other word that may define what one can do to help another.”

“The Choir has impacted my life in tremendous ways, with visible elements such as good health, education, and a fulfilling job, to mention but a few. I have been rehabilitated spiritually and emotionally by the Choir,” he adds.

Among his many talents is music. Robert started playing music in Church, singing with friends in choirs, although he says that dancing is not his strength. Despite having composed numerous songs, he has only managed to record two of his own, that are both in Luganda, his native language.

“I played one of my songs for Sara Hickman, a re-known country music singer in the US, and she loved it,” he smiles.

Robert is currently working on one of his very own compositions, which Barbara Serunjoji, the Choir Music Director for the ACC asked him to share with the Choir for the 30th anniversary celebrations.

Also, the ACC primary school anthem is one of his original pieces.

“I want to use my talent primarily to touch and change lives,” he concludes.

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