Stories from our children
“My name is Evaline and I am the third born in a family of four siblings. I joined hope children’s home in 2009 when it was still in Nairobi. My life and those of my siblings took the worse turn when our mother passed on. The challenges became many and I couldn’t imagine dropping out of school. A lady friend of the Afwais had heard about our predicament and miraculously came to my rescue. That is how I ended up joining the great family here at Hope Children’s Home. We relocated from Nairobi to Kaplamai in 2012 and I love it here. The atmosphere is good and we are one great family.
I attend school always as required and I am grateful for the support we receive from Pastor Fred and those who take of us here. We are taught about chasing our goals and ambitions and the importance of putting God first in everything we do. We are also encouraged to become good role models for other children in the community and how to support our families in future. Our teachers have taken note of this aspect and they continue encouraging us to work hard.
My worry is my younger brother who dropped out of school and has refused to go back. He stays with grandma back in the village and my efforts to encourage him even to come and get support here have borne no fruit. I’d love to see my brother back in school so that he also gets the opportunity to pursue his dreams like me and the other children. Education is so important and I fear he’s going to miss great opportunities in future. Additionally, we are starting our national examinations on Tuesday the 12th November 2013. I pray that God gives us the mind to remember and the courage to pass our exams. But like the rest of the candidates here, I don’t know what will happen come next year when the results will be announced. I hope to pass well despite the challenges and worries we face, and I pray that our sponsors will continue to be blessed to support us with books and tuition fees to enable us navigate through high school. Pastor Fred and our sponsors have really struggled to ensure that we get the necessary support while we are here. I personally don’t take this for granted. I want to thank them all and pray that God continues to make them an everlasting promise in our lives and all the needy children of the world. Thank you.”
“My name is Cecilia Wambui. I am the fourth born in a family of 6 siblings where I am the only girl. I joined Hope Children’s Home in 2005. I knew about the home through my aunt who had witnessed the kind of suffering my siblings and I were going through. Life was difficult. We couldn’t afford to go to school. I prayed to God to help me so that I can also support my brothers.
I thank God because he has given me another chance through my sponsors to pursue my educational dream. I am a candidate in this year’s Kenya Certificate of Primary Education and I hope to do well. I’d like our sponsors to continue supporting us with education materials, clothing, food and also our tuition when we join secondary school in 2014.
I love it here as we are really treated well. We are taught many things including Christian values. We want to teach others what we have learnt here.”
© Sahaya International, 2017