Moses Ochego is a ten year old boy who has been living with the grandmother who is HIV positive because his parents died when he was a few months old.
He has never been allowed to attend school as his primary responsibility was to care for the grandmother. He has watched as other children leave for school in the mornings and return home in the afternoons. One week ago he ran to his area chief’s office while bleeding from his head. He reported that the grandmother had badly beaten him with a nailed piece of wood because a neighbor asked him to go to the store for them.
The chief rushed him to Molo district hospital and reported the case to the police who arrested the grandmother. The boy’s aunt claimed she would stay with the boy, but when she heard that the grandmother was put in custody until the case would be heard, she threw him out of her house early the following morning with his small paper bag of clothes. The chief spoke with the uncle and aunt who said they didn’t care whether the boy went to the streets or died.
A neighbor welcomed the boy into his house and his family. Not because he had enough to share, but because he had developed friendship with the boy.
The chief reported this to Pastor Francis requesting whether we could care for Moses as his grandmother’s case continued. We met the polite boy, barefooted and in torn clothes. Physically, he looked dirty and not taken care of, with the bandage on his head. He was not dirty in God’s eyes nor did we see the dirt in him, only a young soul trying to survive.
We bought him shoes and clothes as we took him to House of Hope where he was first fed. We, Project 82 exist for these children, and it is our prayer that Moses will soon be in school and grow in love and good care just like the other children in House of Hope. We are honored that we have the opportunity to care for God’s children. To clothe and feed them, provide them shelter, safety and hope. To share God’s Word with them. We continue to pray that parents and guardians will love and care for the little ones that God has put in their hands.