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Empowering 37 Orphans Through Education in Kenya

by Nyumbani
Empowering 37 Orphans Through Education in Kenya
Empowering 37 Orphans Through Education in Kenya
Empowering 37 Orphans Through Education in Kenya
Empowering 37 Orphans Through Education in Kenya
Empowering 37 Orphans Through Education in Kenya
Empowering 37 Orphans Through Education in Kenya
Empowering 37 Orphans Through Education in Kenya
Empowering 37 Orphans Through Education in Kenya
Empowering 37 Orphans Through Education in Kenya
Empowering 37 Orphans Through Education in Kenya




Life could have turned so differently if it was not for Nyumbani Village.

Why do I say That, being a girl a first born for that matter, having no one to take care of me at the age of 10 and instead having to take care of my younger sister who was 5 years by then, I would have given up on life long ago. Am just not saying it, it’s something I had thought of doing.

You see my parents died when we were so young and my the only relative, I knew was my grandmother who was very old and could barely take care of herself. When my parents died my sister and I went to live with my grandmother and we would try help her out since she was sick, we would go do digging at people’s garden so as to get just little money to sustain us for the day.

Attending school was not anywhere in our minds because we could barely afford food to eat or clothes to wear leave alone school fees.

Few months after we moved in with my grandmother, she fell so ill and later passed now and now it was just me and my younger sister.

Life was tough, at just 10years old I had to be mature enough to take care of 5year sister and provide for her. I continued doing faming in other people’s farm too get us food and I would sometimes request to do laundry for them in order to be paid extra more.

Due to poor feeding, my sister kept falling sick now and then and I would rush her to the government hospital where I would maybe use all the money I had earned and then I would have none for food.

This life went on for some time and I began thinking of getting married to some old man who kept approaching me every time he saw me on the road.  He had mentioned if I agreed to be his wife he would take me and my sister and give us food every day, in my ears that sounded like a deal I would never get again in my life so I started thinking about it and making plans of moving from my late grandmas house to the old man’s house.

Exactly 2 days before I could move in to the old man’s house, a lady walked by my grandma’s hut where my sister and I were staying and asked us if we were living alone which I said yes and she went ahead asking more questions about our life.

The lady was kind enough to give us some food stuff she had carried and she mentioned she would be back the next day, this made me postpone going to the old mans house and we waited for the lady. The next day she came back very early with some breakfast for us and told us she worked with Nyumbani village a home that supported kids like us and she wanted to help us.

That same day she took our names and pictures and in exactly one week she came back for us and we were admitted at Nyumbani village which from them became our home and allowed me to be a child again.

While at Nyumbani Village I had the opportunity of attending and completing school all because of supporters and donors like you that support Nyumbani Village.

My name is Amina, am pursuing a course in accounts all thanks to Nyumbani Village.

Am very grateful to Nyumbani fraternity for making my life successful.

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I am Vincent the last born in a family of eight. I was born in 1996 in a small village in, Kitui County. During the time our family was stable and my parents could comfortably provide for our needs. Shortly after in 1998 I lost both of my parents and the worst nightmare begun. I was barely two years at the commencement of the tragedy. The young and tender me was left under the care of my elder brothers who by then were teens. The rest of the relatives were least concerned about our welfare. I got to an age where I was to start school but unfortunately no one at the time would help me with my education.

Later on in the year 2006 I joined school, thank you to my distance uncle. I was late in joining school but that did not count as I had so much joy I had finally gotten an opportunity to education. As the year drew closer to an end, we got a visitor from Nyumbani village who we warmly welcomed to our iron sheet shelter that we called home, this home only had old mattresses that we would squeeze in during the night and during the day we would all go different places and try to borrow food or do manual labor and get something to bring back for the younger siblings, my uncle could only afford very little for us but all in all we were grateful for anything we got.  

We did not know the purpose of her visit but we were eager to listen to anything she had to say, the eight of us keenly listened to this well dressed lady that we could not even afford to offer a glass of water and what she said to us was the best news we had ever received. Well before the good news she had some questions for us that we innocently answered to her truly without the thought of she is a stranger crossing in our mind. Then came the good news, ‘I come from Nyumbani Village and we are an organization that helps children affected by HIV and after accessing your situation we are very sorry for what happened to you but we are pleased to inform you that you admitted to be among the nyumbani village family’ she said. Immediately she finished saying that, my siblings and I were in tears after the good news that we would finally have a home.

Few weeks later we were admitted in Nyumbani village cluster house where we found a new place to call home. It was a relief for us, i got a chance to study and realize my dreams. I went to hot courses primary and later on joined Lawson high school where I finished my secondary school education. This was like a miracle to me since I had no idea that I will one day make it to high and even finish because of the extreme poverty that was at our homestead.

Once I finished my high school education I proceeded to a technical school in the year 2018 to pursue a certificate course in electrical installation. Currently am doing my attachment in Nyumbani village with an aim to: gain practical skills, give back to the institution and also to show my brothers and sisters who are still in the home that they can realize their dreams.

I hereby express my great appreciation to the founder, partners and all the stakeholders who have in one way or another sacrificed their resources and time to ensure an orphaned and vulnerable child like me lives to achieve his dreams.

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My name is Joram, an alumni of Nyumbani Village, Kitui. I was among the very first families to be enrolled at the Village in April 2007. I come from a village called Kiusiani in Kitui County. Before I joined the Village I was in class three. Following my admission, I continued my studies in class three at Hot-courses Primary which was a relatively new school with few pupils. The enrolment in the school continued to increase gradually as more and more children joined Nyumbani Village. With the increased number of children in the school, we could actually see the joy on Sister Mary’s face whenever she visited because her background and passion has been empowering young people through education. With the assistance of donors and supporters, she ensured that the school was very well equipped and the environment enabled us to thrive in our studies. Sr. Mary often informed us that it was her dream to see the unhappy faces of children during admission transform into smiles and laughers after finding a new home.

I was glad to find a home where I was cared for as my mother cared for me when she was alive. I felt very special. Nyumbani Village quickly became my home away from home and the treatment was absolutely amazing. The education that I never thought I would receive after the death of my parents now became a reality. What more could one ask for? I had a nice home, caring people and quality education.

In 2012, I sat for my Kenya Certificate of Primary Education and performed well. I got 300 marks out of 500. I was very glad knowing that I could now move to the next level of my education. In 2013 February I was admitted at Lawson High School. I kept my commitment to continue working hard in school and posting good results throughout my high school. During my time in high school I realized that my dream career was to become a super chef. I dreamt of using my creativity to come up with unique meals. I enjoyed my time in high school. I also actively participated in extracurricular activities, my favorite being basketball. In time I became so good at the game such that I was invited to join the school team. We competed with other schools in the zone, region, County until we reached the National levels. The story of our team was featured on television and an article was written in the newspapers. This was one of my greatest achievements of being able to represent my school at the greatest stage in my country Kenya.

In 2016 November I embarked on my final exams in high school called Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education. I was a little tense because I knew that this exam would determine what would become of me in the future. It was my prayer that I join one of the prestigious government institutions in Kenya to pursue my career course in food production. I was very happy when the results were released at the beginning of 2017 and I had acquired a grade suited for my dream course. Developing different tastes of foods was my passion and nobody could keep me away from my goal. In September 2017 I joined Kisiwa Technical College to pursue a course in food production. I sat for my final paper in July and I am happy to report that I performed very well.

It is my hope and prayer that I will be crowned as a graduate from the college before the end of the year. I can now see my dream unfolding into reality. I already have a job and enjoy every moment of my work and look forward to scaling greater heights.

I am very grateful to many people because without their funding people like me would not have been able to acquire an education after the demise of my mother who was a sole breadwinner. I sometimes get sad when I remember that my mother died before she could see me realize my dreams. But I am comforted knowing that she is watching over me from her heavenly dwelling. My siblings and I did not have anyone to care for us and our elderly grandparents had no capacity or capability to look after us because on their advanced age and failing health. We went through a rough period in life but today I choose to only see the goodness of God and His people of goodwill who work tirelessly to ensure that the lives of a child somewhere in Africa are transformed. I am a testimony of this goodness and will forever work hard in life. I have also learnt to be kind to other less fortunate people in the society and look forward to the day I am financially stable so that I can assist someone else achieve their dreams.

May God bless all the people who sacrifice their money so that they can make a difference in the lives of children like me.


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My name is Peter and the story I want to tell you cannot be found in any book. This is a story that I have never told anyone, until now. The story I want to tell you is about my life.

Both my parents are from the Kamba community in the Eastern part Kenya. They were born in the outskirts of Kitui town before our grandparents moved to the Recent Settlement. My dad was a clerk and gradually he got promoted to management level at Kenya Cereal & Produce Board in Mombasa. He was not only the breadwinner for his immediate family but the extended family too. My father used to make a decent salary so the family was comfortable and my mum was a happy housewife and a farmer in the village.

I am the last born in my family and the only boy. My three sisters, Jackeline, Rhoda, and Gladys, enjoyed a cozy and a good life before my parents passed away. As the last born, I never got to enjoy this kind of luxury because my parents passed on soon after I was born. My dad went to be with the Lord on 24th October 1995, shortly before I was born and later my mum, on 20th May 1998, 2 years later; therefore I don’t have any memories of my parents, I just see them in family photos.

After the sudden demise of our parents, at a tender age of two and my sisters were not much older, suddenly the relative who used to benefit from my father’s salary disappeared one by one leaving us destitute. We had no one to look up to. We were abandoned even by distant family members leaving us under the mercy of our elderly and sickly grandmother. Our lives changed drastically from having much to barely surviving. The world presented itself with those huge claws of poverty, abandonment, desertion and hatred by your own people. Everybody seemed to be running away from us.

School fees were a huge problem and I remember we skipped many school days due to lack of fees. Fortunately in the year 2003 when former President Mwai Kibaki was elected his first agenda was to offer free primary education in all government schools. This was a big break for us because it meant that we no longer required school fees to attend school. However, we quickly realized that despite the great gift of free education, one cannot learn on an empty stomach. Our grandmother was trying to support us but with her advanced age and failing health she was also destitute. She tried to reach out to her children to assist but they would hear none of it. Each suggested that she seeks assistance from the next until she realized no one was willing to assist. Soon enough the cupboard dried and there were no supplies to replenish. The hunger pangs started biting seriously. We used to cry when we were hungry but since nothing was forthcoming we started going to our neighbours houses to beg for food. Sometimes they would give us a little, but since they also did not have much it was impossible to keep assisting. Our grandmother suggested that we accompany her to fetch firewood in the forest and sell. The forest was far and the walking alone was taking a toll on our sickly grandmother. So this means of earning a living became impossible because we also could not go on our own because we were still small. We were now staring at death due to lack of food. At this time attending school was now a distant memory because a lot of time had gone by since we attended classes. Whenever we met with the children we used to go to school with, some would laugh at us because we were unkempt and frail. One day my grandmother suggested that we seek employment from our neighbors to do farming. Even though we did not know much, we convinced them that we were hungry and we were willing to do anything to get some food in our stomachs. Some people were kind and gave us some light duties. They also gave us food and a few shillings. This enabled us to have food to eat and feed our grandmother who at the time was not doing well. Now this became our life.  It was very difficult watching other children our age going to school.

February 2009 will remain special in my memory because this is the month that marked the turnaround of our lives. A social worker from Nyumbani Village walked through the entrance and announced that she had been informed about our plight by a member of the community. She was moved when she saw us struggling to make ends meet and at the same time looking after our grandmother. She did not stay for long because I think our struggles, pain and suffering were very visible. She asked us a few questions and promised to help us. We did not believe that she would be back because many people before her had promised to help especially during our parents’ funeral but they all disappeared. However, we were very happy with her visit because she brought us some food. That meant we would be okay for a few days at the very least.

After a month had gone by we knew that she was never going to return but one fine afternoon in April we were pleasantly surprised when a lorry drove into our compound. We immediately recognized the social worker who was in the company of other people. They informed us that they had come to rescue us and take us to our new home in Nyumbani Village where would have food and we would attend school. We were overjoyed when they hauled our belongings into the lorry. To our great surprise some relatives who had abandoned us on hearing this news came to intervene and said that we could not go to Nyumbani Village. There was a bit of drama as they tried to resist but my siblings and I were already settled inside the car ready for our journey to the unknown. We told them we had suffered enough and we didn't care where we were being taken as long as we would have food and education because we desperately needed help. Our minds were set for a new beginning, a home far from home.

We came to Nyumbani Village in April 2009, by then I was thirteen years old. We even brought our grandmother. The social worker, assisted by a volunteer social worker from Spain called Angie-de Hoyos assisted us to settle in. I remember our first time in the Village, the joy we felt and way the children at Nyumbani Village received us happily. Well, it is usually a culture for the children to welcome visitors and ensure that they feel at home. The grandmothers residing at the Village broke into dance and ululations upon our arrival into our new home. You can imagine how it felt when dinner was served. It felt like we had died and gone to heaven and the angels were serving us without having to labour for it. As we hungrily obliterated our delicious meal we did catch up with other children, narrating our stories and enjoying the new environment. We were happy to find a new family.

At Nyumbani Village, I learned to be independent, cook and do my own laundry. Being brought up at the Village has contributed so much to the person I am today. I am independent, respectful of others and a good role model. Through Nyumbani Village, I managed to go back to school and get quality education. This was a dream come true especially based on my poor background. They gave me a chance to dream of a bright future in spite of what I had been through. I know that I would not have received the education and support that my siblings and I received at Nyumbani Village if it were not for the funding from Global Giving.

I am very happy to report that today as I pursue a degree in the field of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), my heartfelt gratitude goes to all of you, supporter of Global Giving for bringing me thus far. I am a champion because of the funding you have availed to help children like myself. I know that I would not be where I am today without your helping hand.

I have a future full of hope of being a successful, business person particularly in the field of ICT and finally own a home. I believe with what has been offered to me has made me a better person who will benefit the society at large. It is my hope that I will be able to give back someday to a destitute child/children because I know that I would not be here without the help I received. Truly, the Lord bestows favor and honor through you, His people.

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My name is Mercy and I was born in 1998 at Muusini Location in Makueni County. I am the third born in a family of five. Even though we were not well off, my parents could afford to meet our basic needs. We were happy and lived each day at a time. Things took a drastic turn in 2010 when both of my parents passed on leaving me orphaned at the tender age of 12. Our paternal grandparents took over the role of mummy and daddy to my siblings and me. Things were fairly okay for the first few weeks after the burial, but slowly life became difficult. My grandparents were very old and could barely work to fend for five of us. They struggled to take care of our basic needs. At times we went without food for a day or two and this affected not only our concentration in school but our attendance as well. Our school uniforms were also in tatters making us subjects of ridicule in our school. My performance in class really went down, and I started to give up on education. We majorly relied on handouts from well wishers, but we could not count on that to consistently take care of our basic needs. My siblings and I considered dropping out of school and looking for casual jobs to at least help put food on the table.

Things got worse when I started developing health complications and I required medical attention. My grandparents could barely feed us, thus getting medical treatment was impossible. Our aunts and uncles could do nothing to salvage our situation since they had their own families to fend for. I could not get the required medical attention and my health deteriorated. I eventually had to drop out of school. One day, we received a special guest who was a social worker and he promised to take us to Nyumbani Village. The visit brought us a glimpse of hope in the midst of misery.

After what felt like a decade, he surely came to pick us. I was overwhelmed with joy when 2 of my younger siblings and myself left my grandparents’ homestead for Nyumbani Village. I did not know what the Village looked like but I knew for sure I had gotten a chance to improve my life and future. At the Village, we were placed in a house under the care of a grandmother. We found a new family, brothers and sisters who we grew up with, schooled together and played together. We were supplied with basic needs, education, and I also got medical attention and my health improved drastically. We were no longer worried about where our next meal would come from, and as opposed to our tattered uniforms from before, we had a new set of uniforms and clothes as well. Nyumbani Village was like Paradise to us. It seemed like a dream come true.

I was enrolled in class six at Hot Courses Academy and later Lawson High School. In 2017, I sat my Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education and I qualified to join college. I am currently pursuing a Certificate in Early Childhood Education at Kibwezi Teachers Training College.

I remain indebted to Global Giving and Nyumbani for helping me get closer to realizing my dreams and hope for a brighter future. Words cannot explain how grateful I am to Nyumbani for giving me an opportunity to get access to education and health care. I do not know what would have become of me had I not gotten this opportunity at Nyumbani Village. On behalf of my siblings and my Nyumbani Village brothers and sisters, thank you very much! The sacrifice you made has changed my life. May the Almighty God bless you.

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