Sep 6, 2019

I will not disappoint

Purity at home
Purity at home

Meet Purity Wanjiku, an 18-year-old girl with a beautiful smile and zeal for life. She lives in a small tin house; with no electricity, with her mother and two-year-old brother. Their home is located in a place called Gataka an urban slum near Karen estate.. Her mother is an alcoholic who has on many drunken occasions ended up sleeping on the streets, and is un able to take care of her and her two siblings. She had been previously taken into a children’s home together with her older brother, who were educating them. She however faced mistreatment at the home and ended up running away back home to her alcoholic mother. She thus had to drop out of school, and has already missed two terms(semesters). She has been helping the mother by fetching and selling water to feed them, as well as maintaining their house. During our visit, her 3 years old brother had been admitted to hospital and her mother was with him. 

As we speak to her, she is all smiles, happy at a second chance in life. She will be resuming school to form three next week. Purity dreams of one day becoming a doctor. Her final words; “I will not disappoint”.

Purity was introduced to Sports for Change by the organization called ‘Woman’s Hope’. They discovered her through a mentorship program held by the organization targeting girls and young women in the area. She is has joined Sports For Change family. Her initial school fees was donated by Asenati’s birthday fundraiser. Asenati is one of our supporters who came across our organization on facebook. She dedicated her 40th birthday to touch a life of two young girls who had lost hope. The gift she gave will benefit generations to come. What a way to celebrate a big birthday and give a gift for education ! 

We say big thank you to all her friends who came together to celebrate her.

 

Purity with Joy
Purity with Joy

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May 24, 2019

You are my miracle

I sat for my final primary exams last year and passed very well but my parents could not afford to take me to the school I had dreamt for and work so hard to be admitted to. I cried when they told me I will join a day school. A day school is for students for dont attain marks for good borading school. This not what I worked so hard for. The school I joined was quite far. I left before dawn and walked for an hour and half and got back when late in the evening. Tired from walking ,I had not energy left for to do my home work. I felt quite discouraged.


One day a miracle happened. Just out of nowhere, I received a letter of sponsorship from Sports for Change. I doubted this was real until it happened. I met with the founder Shiku Waithaka day before going to school. She bought for me everything I needed, everything including night dress, it was my first ever night dress to own. I couldn’t believe my eyes. It was too much to take in. No one in my family or even my teachers couldnt believe my luck was real. My parents are poor,I have 3 brothers and we all work to help my parents buy food and take care of other things.Having a scholarship was such a relieve and blessing to my whole family.


The following day Shiku and my parents took me to school . When I saw the school gate, I told Shiku, “ This is exactly what I saw in my dreams one day “ I was laughing by then, my heart was singing I was just happy and celebrating my miracle silently.


Shiku did everything the school needed, she paid school ,paid for my uniform. I changed and looked completely new and different. I felt very different, I felt energized,I felt encouraged. I was in my dream school. I wanted to shouted for the whole world to hear. I was just so excited and thankful.


My next dream is to be a math”s teacher. I love and admire teachers . They do such an incredible jobs.
I would still be walking 2 hours a day and missing my homework if Sports For Change did not come to my rescue. I want everyone who donate their time and money to Sports for Change know that it mean a lot to us. Iam already change. You are the reason Iam in my dream school. My life is bright. You are my miracle.

Faith with Shiku of Sports For Change
Faith with Shiku of Sports For Change
Faith -at her home
Faith -at her home
Faith's first day in her dream school
Faith's first day in her dream school
Faith with other SFC benefiaries
Faith with other SFC benefiaries

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Feb 15, 2019

Give deserving girls a chance to shine

Pulei in her Maasai traditional clothes
Pulei in her Maasai traditional clothes

Pulei is one of the four very deserving girls who joined Sports For Change this year. She lives in Mt. Suswa conservancy. A very beautiful place but also very remote. The nearest small town is 3 hours away. They have a public transport once a week, they walk most of the time to the centre and back home.

Pulei worked hard in her studies, passed with flying colours got an opportunity to join Oletipis girls, a national school in Narok, but got stuck at home due to financially difficulties. Her dad has been admitted in hospital in Nairobi for three months and none of her family members have gone to visit him. “We don’t have money and it it is too far” she said. She sat on her bed at home and told me, “I will sleep on a mattress tonight” she has been sleeping on cow skin all her life. That alone brought a big smile on her face. The things we get for granted is a blessing to others.

To get to her place we needed a strong car. We reached out to our members on facebook and got a breakthrough when pastor Benjamin from Change point Dc Karen –Kenya came through. He left his house at 5am and we left Nairobi by 6am. We went through the hills and reached the conservancy in good time. Pulei and her whole family were waiting eagerly. I could see the delight in her face when she saw us. She couldn’t really believe strangers went for her at home to rescue her and take her to school. Her father got 3 wives and 17 children. She is the first born on the second wife. This is very common in Maasai families. Hey mum gave us some tea, they get milk for free from the community, her father lost all cows and goats during famine session in 2017.

Pulei is really friendly and very easy to connect with. She took me in her mothers house, where they also sleep. A small hut with two small rooms. Spme of them sleeps on a couch like bed in the room they use as kitchen. There was no mattress neither a blanket. They use cow skin as the mattress and a leso as a blanket.

We set out to take her to school and mother accompanied us. Driving through Mt. Suswa and the conservancy was very beautiful., The views were spectacular. We got to the main highway and our car stalled. We tried everything we could but nothing worked. Time was running out. Pulei her mother and I got in a public matatu and got her in school. We left Pastor Benjamin taking care of the car.

She was admitted her dream school and was over excited. She looked different and beautiful in her new school uniform. We were happy we gave her a chance to shine regardless of her parent’s financial status.

We still had one big challenge on our shoulder. The car couldn’t move and we had to take a public matatu back to Nairobi. It was already late and getting a matatu was not easy. After waiting for more than an hour. We decided to pay the driver extra money to depart instead of waiting for more people. We got Nairobi very tired but very satisfied. What seemed like a small car problem made Pastor Benjamin follow up for the next 2 weeks. He went to Narok more 5 times. A lot of time and money was used but finally he got the car fixed. This made me realize, we need to raise more than just school fees.

We came up with a campaign and dubbed ‘Club 300. We recruiting donors who can donate 300usd a year. You can pay this monthly (25 usd) as a recurring donation  This will support our work and allow us to assist MORE brighter and financially disadvantaged students. Yes! By keeping aside only  one dollar a day you can be part of our big success stories' 

We look forwrad to welcoming more donors.

 

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Pulei ,her mother and step mothers
Pulei ,her mother and step mothers
Pastor Benjamin and Pulei's family
Pastor Benjamin and Pulei's family
Pulei seated on her bed
Pulei seated on her bed
Pulei in her new school uniform
Pulei in her new school uniform
Pastor Benjamin at Mt. Suswa conservancy
Pastor Benjamin at Mt. Suswa conservancy

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