Getting started for the New YearJanuary 14, 2013
January 2013 UpdateJanuary 25, 2013
Here are the stories of some of the children we would like to help with schooling. As I read their stories I was overwhelmed by the extreme need these children and their families have. Many are homeless. Many are victims of the post election violence of 2007. They depend on “well wishers” to aid them in their desperate situations. Many of the “well wishers” are other Kenyans who have a heart and desire to help their own people. They provide food and shelter randomly as they are able.
All the children live in slum areas and are going to the primary school established by
James and Beatrice Nyaga to help these extremely needy children.
They not only get an education but many days their only meal is what they get at the school each day.
Grace and Mercy Center was established in 2009 in an effort to help those in need after the post election violence.
There are now almost 90 students with 5 teachers and 1 cook.
They are in need of a larger building, teaching materials, desks and chairs for teachers and students.
Please consider becoming a “well wisher” to help these children with their education. You can sponsor a child or make a onetime donation. If you want to choose one of the children listed below please advise us of who you would like to sponsor. Be assured you help will be directed to the appropriate channel to make sure the children receive 100% of the benefit of your giving.
I am Tina Naoni, seven years old. I am the only child in the family. I live with my grandmother who is financially disabled. My mother died and left me when I was three years old. Before joining this centre, (Grace and Mercy School), I had not attended any school. I am going to work hard to become a doctor in the future, so as to fight against the deadly disease – AIDS – that took away my mummy.
My name is John Kibaki. I am nine years old. I am an orphan, left alone by my parents, who both died of AIDS. I live with my aged grandmother who is unable to support me both financially and most of our basic needs. We depend on well wishers. In my life I wished to be in school always reading, writing and playing with other kids, but I am on and off the school due to lack of school fees. I would like to be an army officer to help those people who live in places prone to violence.
I am Diana Kagea, eight years old. I am the first born in the family of three children. We stay with my mother who is a widow after the death of my father who died due to post election violence. My mother is sickly and unemployed thus unable to support us materially and financially. We are homeless and depend on well wishers even for shelter. This has really affected my learning due to frequent migration, simply looking for a secure place. We still have the post election violence tension. When I grow up I would like to be a teacher to help those children who have need for education but unable to get due to financial strains.
This dear child had no reason to smile for the picture. Your help can put a smile on her face.
Mishell Anyango – age 7
My name is Mishell Anyango. I am seven years old I am the only child in the family. I stay with my mother who is a widow after my father died of the deadly disease – AIDS – My mother is ever sick, unable to support herself and myself, so we all depend on my grandmother who is a widow and aged. She is financially unstable and sometimes we depend on well wishers. Attending classes has been a big problem on my side. I am on and off going to school because of lack of school fees. In the future I would like to be a business woman to help my family.
I am Esther Nyambura, ten years old. I am the first born in a family of three. We live with my mother after the death of my father who was severely burnt to death during the post election violence. My mother is physically challenged. She is jobless thus unable to meet our daily needs. We are depending on well wishers for survival. In the future I would like to be an engineer to repair roads for easy transportation of the sick people.
I am Miriam Wangari, nine years old. I am the second born in the family of three. We stay with my mother after the death of my father who was burnt to death during the post election violence (in 2007). My mother is physically challenged. She is jobless thus unable to meet our needs. All along we’ve been depending on well wishers. When I grow up I would like to be a doctor to help the patients who suffer from fire like my father who died after severe burning.
I am Senetor Obama, six years old. I was named after the American President – Obama. I am the second born in my family. My mother is a widow after my father died of AIDS. She is under medication and most of the time she is sick. She is poor and jobless unable to pay the school fees for me. When I grow up I would like to be a doctor.
My name is Ivy Muonja. I am seven years old. I am the second born in the family of three children. We stay with my mother who is a widow after the death of my father during the post election violence. Being jobless, my mother is unable to support us materially and financially and most of the time she is sick. Shelter has become a big problem on our side. We are homeless, so we find ourselves migrating every now and then looking for safety because we still have the election violence tension. Frequent migration has really affected my learning. I would like to be a sells lady to be able to support the rest of my family.
I am Awadi Bande, six years old. I stay with my mother after the death of my father during the post election violence. My mother who is HIV positive and jobless is unable to meet our daily needs. We are homeless and depend on well wishers even for shelter. Frequent migration has really affected my learning. When I grow up I would like to be a shopkeeper.
Other children from different areas of Nakuru are also being helped by the LEARN program. Although they are not as needy as some, they all have a desire to help their fellow Kenyans in the future, as they grow up and are able because of their education.
Hello. I am Emmanuel Mwaniki. I am in class 4. I would like to go to school so that I can learn things that are important in life. I want to go to school because when I will grow up I would like to be ‘a enginia of eloplane’. I hope God will help me to have that work. I will praise him. I like to sturdy hard so one day I would like to come to America. Thank you for your help.
Hello! I am Purity Njeri and I am 12 years old in grade 7. I would like to go to school so that I may learn things that are important in life because this days life is too hard, When I grow up and become an uldalt I would like to be a doctor, in order for me to be a doctor I should study very hard, and I would like to study very hard so that one day I would like to come there in America.
Thank you for your help. God Bless!