"My name is Irene, I am 19 years old. I live in Kibera slum with my 2 year old daughter. When my parents passed on 6 year ago, I had no where to go expect travel to the city (Naiorbi) to live with my relatives. Unfortunately things did not turn out the way I had hoped they will.
I got pregnant at 16 years, I had to drop out of school and get married. This was mainly because I would stay out of school for several months becuase I did not have school fees and other essentials. In order to provide for my child and ensure that I continue supporting my family, I had to look for a job. Unfortunately the only job available was casual work (house keeping) which does not pay well in Kenya. This was the only job I could do due to my low education level.
In late 2019, my "husband" became violent and I had to live. Unfortunately in 2020, I also lost my job due to covid-19. I had nowhere to go, fortunately I close friend of mine took me in and introduced me to Garden of Hope Foundation"
Irene had developed several symptom of mental health when we first met her. The pressure of providing for her daughter and her own epxenses was affecting her mental health. Through the covid-19 program, Irene has been able to start a business and she is currently generating a weekly profit of Ksh 2,000. Irene can provide for her daughter and she is looking forward to paying school fees for the first time.
Irene is one of the 50 young mothers who have been supported so far by the program. This is because of your generous donations.
Mar 16, 2021
I am in School. Thank you
By Floridah Atieno - Programs Cordinator
2020 was a tough year for me as a student. In March, I had to stop going to school becuase of Covid-19. I had only 1 year left before I graduate from high school. I was confused and anxious, studying at home proved difficult especially in situations where I could not understand different concepts.
In June the same year, my parents lost their sources of income. I had to step in and start supporting my parents, I dropped my studies at and started hawking bananas. My parents would on the other hand do some casual work. I come from a family of 6. I am the second born, the first born has her own family. In a day, we would make $ 3.
I was introduced to Garden of Hope Foundation through the mentorship sessions they run in our school. Seeing that life was difficult. I turned to one place I knew I would get hope, this was GoHF. After sharing my situation with the team from Garden of Hope Foundation, they invited me to join their Covid-19 tuition program. This program was being offered to all the students who could not afford to study at home. Garden of Hope Foundation also provided my family with start-up capital to start a small business.
In January 2021, Garden of Hope Foundation paid my school fees for the term. Though, my mum has secured another job, Dad is still running the business started by Garden of Hope Foundation."
Thank you for your support.
Mar 15, 2021
Thank you for helping restore hope in my life.
By Floridah Achieng - Program Cordinator
2020 was a tough year for many people. In March, I had to stop going to work becuase of Covid-19. I was only 3 months in the job. I was confused and anxious. This job meant alot for me and my family.
In May, I started looking for various options that could help me get some finances. As the first born in a family of 6 and the only provider, I needed a job urgently.
I was introduced to Garden of Hope Foundation by a friend who went through the entrepreneurship training. Seeing that life was difficult, I turned to one place I knew I would get hope.
After sharing my situation with the team , they invited me to join their one month entrepreneurship training program. This training was being offered to support people like me who had lost their sources of income because of Covid-19.
In June, I graduated from the program and I was given usd 100 to start a small business. The business has been running for 8 months. Through the business, I am able to pay my house rent, get food and support some of my siblings through schoool. The bussiness currently make a weekly proffit of usd 50.