One evening Morris and Chelsea were eating at a local restaurant in Lira when three street kids approached them and asked them for food. Shortly after the three had left three more appeared, this time with a can of glue in hand. They were clearly high. They were 11, 12 and 14 years old. Morris and Chelsea traded them bread and milk for the glue. The image of these 6 kids haunted them.
They decided to do something about it. The first thing they did was take a group of 12 out to dinner at that very same restaurant. The restaurant wanted the kids to eat out of plastic bags outside. They were afraid that their dishes and cutlery would be stolen. Morris and Chelsea said that they too would eat out of plastic bags on the veranda. Soon all of them were in a backroom eating chicken and rice.
The boys took them “home” and showed them where they slept in and around dumpsters because the garbage made a soft bed. Morris and Chelsea couldn’t believe their eyes, a bed of waste and rotten food is not a bed. They knew that just feeding the children wasn’t enough. Morris was already advocating for orphans and disadvantaged children in northern Uganda and decided to dedicate himself to the street children. Out of passion and determination Atin Afrika (Child of Africa) Foundation was born.
After the loss of his parents to HIV/AIDS when he was just 10 years old, Morris was taken to live at Good Sheppard’s Fold Orphanage with his 3 younger sisters. Raised in an orphanage, Morris has an incredible
ability to relate to and understand neglected children and he also has the passion and the heart to inspire them. Living at Good Sheppard’s he had a dream and vision to fight for and aid other orphans and vulnerable children, to give them hope for the future.
After co-founding an orphanage in Iganga, eastern Uganda, where he earned a government certificate of merit for his actions and advocacy work for orphans and vulnerable children, Morris moved on with the dream of helping more children in his country. Upon his return to Lira, his home district, he began to advocate for disadvantaged children.
Morris is now 26 years of age and broadening his education through the study of social development.