On any given Saturday Grace is surrounded by children. They love for her to come to the P82 Saturday program, giving back, working with students, teaching the little ones how to read, and encouraging those still in school. It’s not that much different from how she spends the rest of her days, either. Grace is a first year teacher at Tayari Winners Academy in Molo. To see her, you would never know the challenges she faced growing up without her parents.
Grace lost her father in 2006 and later lost her mother in 2008. Life became hard for Grace and her siblings as their elderly grandmother could not meet their needs. Basic needs like education and food were impossible for her grandmother to provide. But God changed her story- bringing Grace and her siblings to be enrolled in the Project 82 program. With their sponsorship, Grace and her siblings began attending school. She worked hard at school and at home. That hard work paid off with the chance to attend a good secondary boarding school and then on to college.
Grace found her heart at teaching. Even on her Saturdays, she comes to the program to give back. She helps our children in pre-school to learn how to read. Her enthusiasm, her warm heart and charming smile always provide the environment for learning. When we asked what her goal in teaching profession is, this is what she responded; “My goal is not just to teach students to be successful in their class work, but to also teach them to be people who make an impact in the society. When children are empowered with love, dignity, humility and education, I believe they have a bunch of keys that will help open new doors that will open up new possibilities for Kenya.”
Grace is more than her success story. She has become a beacon of hope and a source of admiration to many children who look up to her both in our program and in our community in Molo where she resides. For many of our children in poverty, school, college, careers are distant possibilities. Grace is the living proof that they too have a chance to be a success. Her love of teaching and her love of these children brings her back every week. She is a powerful testimony that hard work is enough to overcome humble beginnings.
We are so proud of the woman Grace has become, and we are so thankful that her love continues to shine in Molo for all these precious children.