There are over 160 million orphans in the world today. It truly is an orphan crisis. But the solution does not lie in playing a numbers game- building more institutions, more orphanages, more group homes. Each child deserves a family. Monica is a young woman in our program. As a young child, she experienced the devastating loss of her family, but God has a plan and a purpose for her life. And when God writes the story, you know redemption, rebuilding, and grace are going to be abounding. Here is Monica’s Story:
Monica Muthoni Mwangi considers herself lucky for being part of Project 82. “P82 has played a very big role in her life.” Monica says, when we asked about her story. It was during the 2007/2008 post-election violence, that Monica’s father was killed. He was the sole provider for the family, Monica, her mother, brother, and sister. After the clashes, they were left without a home and spent several nights in the cold and days without food. Her mother left them, and Monica took up the role of being the parent to her younger siblings.
“Life was very hard.” She says, matter of factly. She adds that it was a very painful moment for her and the rest of the family, losing her father, her home, and then her mother in a short time.
Life to her became a living hell. She turned out to be a beggar on the streets, pleading with passersby to drop coins for her. Each day, she would collect about twenty shillings. That’s not even enough to buy a meal for one person. She could buy some ugali with salt, which is a kind of porridge. The three children would share what little they had to eat and, at night, would sleep under the market stalls for shelter.
Obviously, Monica was not in a position to attend school. She had little money, no shelter, and no way to improve her or her brothers lives. They had such little hope and life was becoming unbearable. Sadly, she remembers contemplating buying a rope with the little coins she had to commit suicide. But the shopkeeper withheld the rope and questioned her. She told the shopkeeper plainly she had no other choices and planned to commit suicide. Thankfully the man did not sell her the rope, but he was still a terrible person. The man invited them over to stay in his home and attempted to harm Monica. Thankfully she took her brother and sister with her and left the very night.
When the unbearable weather and hunger made her youngest brother sick, Monica pleaded with the doctors. She was able to get her brother treated and the doctor discharged without charges. Again and again, Monica was brave beyond her years. She did the best she could in conditions no child should endure.
Monica was finally able to moved in with an aunt and this is where she learned about Project 82 Kenya. She was taken in into the sponsorship program and later reunited with the mother. “And life has never been the same again.” She ends her story saying “God bless project 82 Kenya. Amen.”
We are so proud of Monica. She is in school and works hard although school is difficult for her.