As children, Charles and David both lived in poverty. Charles is one of four children, and, although he lives with both parents, his mother is the only one who is able to work. David has 6 siblings, and his mother is unable to work. They slept on the streets often as children and their families could not afford clothing or new shoes, let alone school fees.
In Kenya, children must complete end of year exams in November. These exams determine placement for schools, high school admission, or college admission. Neither Charles nor David scored high enough to secure entry to a high school. But without an education or trade, they would be unable to earn a living wage. At Project 82 Kenya, we are a family and support for these children until they are able to be independent, self sustaining adults. It was of the utmost importance that we encourage Charles and David not to stop their education but find a trade they are passionate about and which will provide them a living.
Earlier this year, Charles and David joined a trade school to learn Metal Work. They eagerly accepted their spots and began to learn. Today we are happy to inform you of the tremendous strides of progress by two of our young adults, David and Charles. When we visited them at school, they showed up their latest projects- learning spot welding and continuous welding.
It is incredible to see how far curiosity and passion is driving them closer to their destiny. Believing in a child means walking with him or her to find their passion, and to be willing to find the best fit for him or her- college or trade school. We are proud of Charles and David for the hard work they have accomplished this year. And we are proud of the young men they are becoming. With the love, support and encouragement that is being directed towards them by the P82 family, they will go further.
Read the beginning: https://project82kenya.com/trade-school