Peter Mutabazi has quite an incredible story.
At the age of 10, Mutabazi ran away from an abusive home in his native Uganda. He was fortunate enough to find a father figure who helped to guide him through his formative years. Eventually, Mutabazi ended up in the US, becoming a citizen and dedicating his life to helping others.
That alone would be worthy of coverage, but it’s what Mutabazi did back in 2018 that continues to make headlines around the world.
Having worked in the foster care system for a number of years, Mutabazi was always ready to lend a hand when needed. But when he heard of an 11-year-old boy was abandoned by his adoptive parents, Mutabazi knew he’d need to do more than simply foster the young man.
The boy’s name was Tony, and after being adopted at the age of four, Tony was now alone in the world. “He asked if his parents were coming to get him and they said no,” Mutabazi recalls. “By that time, I was crying. I thought, ‘Who would do that?’ Once I knew the parents’ rights were signed off and he had nowhere to go, I [knew] I had to take him.”
So Mutabazi opened his home to Tony, fostering him as he had so many times before for others in difficult situations. But this time was different. Mutabazi knew Tony needed a place to call home. A forever home.
Mutabazi telling GMA “I had the room, the resources, so I had no reason to let him go. For what someone did for me I wanted to do something for someone else.”
Since then, the two have truly bonded, with both gaining the family they never had before. “From day one, he’s always called me ‘dad.’ He truly meant it and he looks up to me. He’s proud to show me at school and say, ‘Hey, he’s my dad.’ That’s something that I love about him.”
Mutabazi is quick to acknowledge that he gets as much if not more out of the relationship as his son, saying in an Instagram post “Truly a blessing to have you as my son, thank you for accepting me as your dad with all my faults, I strive daily to be a better dad. Thank you for hanging in there with me as I learn and grow.”
While the two chronicle their adventures on Instagram, chances are they won’t be alone for long. Mutabazi and his son say they plan on counting to foster other youth for many years to come.
Two souls now paying it forward as one in the best possible way.