Gladys and her six children have one year left in our Family Care program. Two of Gladys’s older children are under scholarship through our program, in high school and vocational school, and they’ll graduate before the end of next year. Meanwhile, Gladys is able to pay for her other children’s schooling and should be able to continue doing so as they grow up. She now runs a village shop that brings in good income, and she also earns commissions as an M-Pesa agent. The future looks bright for Gladys’s family.
Elphas and Charles lost their mother three years ago, and their dad Protus moved back home from Nairobi to take care of them. Unfortunately, he had to leave his job to do so and the family soon faced challenges they had never imagined. Through Family Care support, Protus is now reaping big from his farm and he’s transformed the homestead. His children are now attending school well and eat three meals a day.
Consolata has always worked tirelessly to achieve her dreams. She’s been under our sponsorship since primary school when our programs looked very different. We continued supporting her through university with the help of our Education Fund. Today, she is a medical graduate who will soon be practicing as a fully licensed Clinical Officer, akin to a Physician’s Assistant in the US.
A few years ago Rose, a mother of three who also cares for two grandchildren, was hit by a motorcycle and lost the ability to walk. Our Family Care program helped her with the cost of treatment and supported her with a scholarship to attend a vocational course in tailoring. Today she can walk fairly well, and she is earning well from making dresses and other clothing for her customers.
Collins was once sponsored individually, but through our Family Care approach we’ve now been able to assist not just him, but his entire family of seven people. The family now has several sources of income and all the children are progressing well in school while enjoying a better life at home.
Originally we only sponsored the youngest girl from this family, a sixth grader named Sareen. But after shifting to Family Care we are now assisting the whole family as they rise out of poverty. It’s a success story because the family now has several income-generating ventures to support themselves. They have also dug a water well and they’re part-way through building a new latrine. Perhaps most importantly, they now have a strong and realistic belief that all the children will get the education they deserve and be able to create the kinds of adult lives they wish to lead.