In 2009, Project 82 Kenya was started to love and care for the orphaned children. We experienced firsthand the abject poverty and lack of family stability. A whole generation of caregivers had been wiped out by HIV/AIDS, tribal conflict and poverty-driven diseases; thus made it a daunting task for the community to take care of the orphans and vulnerable children wallowing in abject poverty.
Despite all the challenges surrounding their lives, these orphaned children were still very hopeful as we could judge from their alluring smile that captured our hearts. It is then that we knew we had to act. We rescued a number of orphans in Molo who had no one to defend their big dreams. Mary was one of the children we rescued in Molo; she is a total orphan.
When Mary joined us, she was sent away from her home by her grandmother who was poverty stricken. She had little means to care for Mary, and so, she wanted Mary to get married at an early age, a common practice for orphans who have no one to defend them from early marriage. Mary refused to get married, and she was kicked out of their home. Living on the streets, Mary experienced depression. At one point she contemplated committing suicide because she couldn’t bear spending any more sleepless nights on the cold streets of Molo.
We rescued Mary after the intervention to counsel her grandmother failed and Mary was totally disowned. Together with her loving sponsors, we were able to walk with Mary until she completed her primary education. Due to her past trauma experience, she did not perform well in her final primary education exams and failed to place in a high school admission. Mary decided to pursue vocational training, and we secured her admission at a hair dressing and beauty college; a course that she is passionate about.
We thank God she has successfully completed and recently graduated. She is now empowered with knowledge and skills which will, to a great extent, enable her to have a self supporting future. We can’t forget to express our gratitude to the sponsors and staff who have walked with her. Through your support Mary will never again sleep hungry or in the cold. You too can be part of righting orphans stories by supporting one orphan child today.
We are thankful for our sponsors who make it possible for Mary to find success. If you would like to send a Christmas gift to a young adult in our program, like Mary, please see our Christmas in Kenya page. Thank you for your generous hearts. You are changing lives in Kenya!