He knows my name; He sees each tear on my face and hears me when I call.
This is a prayer made by many women and girls living under abject poverty at Molo.
The thousands of girls in Kenya who are in these situations face circumstances that fill our worst nightmares on a daily basis. They are either constantly and secretly taken advantage of at an early age, forced to work to feed for their families, or become young mothers and drop out of school as young as the age of 12.
Nancy is the 3rd born in a family of four, with 2 older sisters who are married, and a younger brother Stanley Mwangi who is in the Project82 program. Nancy’s mum is married to a very old man who is not able to work and provide for the family.
As a result of this poverty, a neighbor invited Nancy to stay with her in her home. Nancy helped with chores and was able to attend school. Unfortunately, the neighbor wasn’t able to take care of her and the son took advantage of her, which led to an early pregnancy. Nancy, who was in 5th grade, lost hope and felt desperate since she wasn’t ready for motherhood.
The Molo council supported her in getting clothes for the baby and food. After some months, Nancy started attending the Saturday program. As she held her baby, she joined the beadwork class and continued attending without fail.
She later approached the Pastor and Social worker and requested to be given another chance to go back to school. The council and P82 staffs discussed the matter and agreed that it was a great idea to get her back to school. She began attending a public school, but found her self ridiculed by teachers and other students. Again, her hopes were crushed.Isaiah 49:13: Shout for joy, you heavens; rejoice, you earth; burst into song, you mountains! For the LORD comforts his people and will have compassion on his afflicted ones.
Project 82 began searching for a different option, one that would encourage and support her. We found a Christian school that understood her case and offered to help her overcome her past and get an education. She was admitted in 5th grade January this year.
Nancy is now the happiest girl in Milimani Elite School. She loves Mathematics and English. The results of the mid-term exam have shown how hard she is working. She has enjoyed being in a Christian school where teachers are concerned about her growth and performance.