Eloto, in the shade of the bush.
Eloto: I met him under a tree. As I wandered a new area, I was curious why some men were in the shade of a large tree and several yonger men were huddled in the sparse shade of a bush. The young men told me they cannot sit with the elders. While discussing culture norms here in this place we would build the Girl's Rescue Center, I noticed a young man intently staring at my mouth and tipping his ear and concentrating with a palpable depth. Eloto, 19 years old, an orphan, had never been to school. When asked if he was interested in school, there was a resounding YES. When asked if he would go to school with young children, another resounding YES. Well that is just what happened for Eloto. He interviewed at the local primary school, traveled to town to be fitted for a custom made uniform, and was in class by Tuesday! He took some of the expected ribbing being called an "elephant in the classroom" yet he persevered and is moving along very fast! It has cost him more than either of us had expected though. His uncle, with whom he lived, was angry. He will no longer care for Eloto because he cannot herd the goats; He is unable to load sand on the trucks to earn his food. He eats only the lunch served in the primary school. He sleeps outside wrapped in a blanket.
We had located a sponsor for his basic needs in primary school, uniform, pencils, shoes, notebooks etc., but had not considered the need of his accommodation. We are currently reevaluating how we can raise the funds to send him to a boarding school or support him in a hut on a well wisher's land near the current school.
Thanks to you, global giving donors, Eloto and others with a thirst for education that surpasses the desire for money and even food, students like Eloto attend school.
Eloto, a turkana youth and warrior
Eloto, at his school interview
Measuring for a uniform
Eloto trying on his uniform
Eloto patiently waiting to show me his progress.