Steven came to City Mission early in 2014. He wanted to get out of the village life. He had heard that he could get an education and a place to stay at City Mission and applied to enter the program. He stayed a few months and decided that the program was too hard. He didn’t like the discipline because he had never had to be responsible before. Steven decided to leave City Mission at the end of June of 2014.
“I left City Mission and went back to my village. The same day I saw my brothers drinking home brew and they gave me a cup. A little later the same day the police arrived and accused us of raping a girl and murdering a man. The police bashed us and took a bush knife that my brother had and cut each of us. I have a scar on my chin and on my neck. They cut my brother on the back of his hand. All of this happened the same day I left City Mission. I went to jail for one month. We were facing years in prison for rape and murder even though we were innocent. In Jail you only got tea for breakfast and no lunch. They gave you a little bit of rice for dinner. Sitting in jail I decided to go back to City Mission and change my life for good. I prayed for God to help me. After one month they came to our cell one day and called our names. They took us to court and when we got there the only charges against us were disorderly conduct. They released us on a six month bond. When I got out of jail I immediately went to City Mission to see if I could get back in the program. I am happy to be in City Mission and my life was changied.”
Steven went to jail the day he left City Mission and came back to City Mission the day he left Jail. Steven has been back in the program for one year now and will be graduating in a few months. He is happy to be here (even with the discipline) because he is getting an education and is determined to get a good job and not go back to his old life.
Steven Isadore, New Life Skills Training Centre Graduate