Ebby Nyapara, a 19 year old girl received admission to join a private dressmaking school in one of the suburbs of Eldoret town, North Rift Kenya. She started attending classes on the 27th of February 2009, courtesy of Juhudi’s efforts to rescue her from neglect and violent parents in her rural home. Her dream is to become a world class designer.
Ebby’s woes started when she dropped out of school in November last year (2008), after getting pregnant. Her parents were annoyed by this occurrence and hence mistreated her leaving her so depressed. She could sometimes spend two to four days without food, as she was prevented from accessing the family facilities. Unfortunately due to the frustration, misery and poor pre natal care, the pregnancy was miscarried in the month of January this year. This made her weak, sickly and miserable.
Prior to joining the dressmaking school, she was treated at Hope Medical centre and continues to receive periodic medical check up from professionals affiliated to the centre. She also underwent trauma and psychological counseling from hired professional counselors.
When interviewed about her new status as a dress making student, this is what Ebby had to say. “I had lost hope of ever continuing with education after my own parents disowned me”, “But now with the dressmaking skills I shall acquire from here, I look forward to dressing the whole world one day”.
It is quite encouraging to note how positive she is now, yet a couple of weeks ago she had despaired. Ebby’s classmates were delighted to receive her and were quite empathetic on learning of her story. They find her a team player and also quite humorous. She participates actively in group work assignments and discussions.
Juhudi Organization is most grateful to the donors who have lent a hand in bringing positive change in Ebby’s life. Please keep up the great job as we help her achieve her greatest dream of becoming a world class designer. Who knows; she could design your fabric one day!
Director of Sustainability