'"Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me." Matthew 25:40
This passage applies to the sponsors, friends and loved ones who gave generously for the construction of new houses for three of our students, Patricia, Susan and Faith.
These families had no proper shelter to protect them from any harm. For decades, they were rained on as the roofing they had either leaked or had collapsed, and they were exposed to the dangers of wild animals. Also, they had to worry about thieves who took their belongings over the years. When the Kenyan government announced lock down in the spring of 2020, it was difficult for these girls to stay in their homes because their houses were in such disrepair, and they had no way of social distancing.
Veronica Lemuya, our Kenyan director, assessed the situation of these three girls in our program, put together a budget and a plan to build houses for them, and oversaw the projects. Now each of these girls has a new house thanks to her vision and servant leadership and thanks to the generosity of our sponsors who supported our Covid-19 relief efforts this year which allowed us to make this happen.
Faith will be taking her K-8 exams despite the disruption of school this past year. She is determined to do well in her examinations and join a national high school. She lives with her mother who is disabled and struggles to cater to her family’s needs.
Susan lives with her two sisters, three brothers and other two cousins. Their parents died, and they are sticking together to support each other and survive. She is in 11th grade, her sister Juliet is in 6th grade, and her younger sister Mercy is in kindergarten. Her other brothers and cousins are not going to school and are doing what they can to make ends meet.
Patricia lost both of her parents, and she now lives with her three brothers and her grandmother. She is in 9th grade. She has sought out work as domestic help and as a nanny to help support the family.