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Urgent Need for Sponsorship

Written by margaret. Posted in Children, Sponsorship

ButrossAbout 2 days ago, Carol and I were discussing some of the children in the school.  Carol told me about Butross Chagara and said he is an urgent case because he is severely abused by his step mother and he needs to be in the dorm.  I decided to interview him and find out for myself.  Lately, I have not been in tears as I hear the stories, but on this day I cried with him as he told his story and he cried.

He is the cutest little boy.  He is 11 years old and in class 5 in Martin’s class.  He is always in the top 5, and often number 2.  On the last exams, he was number 2 in his class even though he lives in extremely difficult circumstances.  I find it incredible.  He told me that his health is good, though he had had some chest problems but now is ok. 

He lives in Soweto with his stepmother, Violet, another brother named Benson Lomosi who is in class 4 at Heritage (who will also need a school and dorm sponsorship, but Butross’s case is the most critical) and a young step-sibling who is not in Heritage.   There is a father who lives in Nairobi, but Butross said he rarely comes home.  Butross does not know what his father does in Nairobi and he doesn’t know where his mother is—she left the family. 

Butross came to Heritage when he was in the fourth grade.  He was living with his grandmother near KIST when his father called from Nairobi and said he had to go live with his stepmother.  Butross didn’t want to go, but they made him move. When I asked him about his life at home, he said, “My step-mother tortures me.”  I thought that was a very strong word.  He says that she makes him work without rest when he is home.  She beats him and does not feed him what the other children eat.  Sometimes he sleeps in the forest because she chases him away from the home.   I asked him if he is frightened and I think this is when he started crying.  He said, “Yes, I am frightened.”  We cried together. 

Butross is really an amazing child. We want to get him in a safe situation as soon as possible and thank you for considering a sponsorship that would provide for his education and dormitory stay.

UPDATE: Butross was quickly sponsored! We are so thankful!

Please contact Lauren at lauren@villageprojectafrica.org if you are interested in sponsoring a child like Butross. Thank you!

Rita’s Story: A Dream Comes True!

Written by margaret. Posted in Children, Sponsorship

RitaI had been looking forward to the day I would get to meet Rita.  She is the newest child in our school and our latest child to be sponsored.  A few weeks ago, Davis (our Kenyan Director) called me in the U.S. to ask if he could put a little girl in school and in the dorm.  He went on to say that she was in a desperate situation. After I heard her story and the pleading in his voice, I told him to put her into the dorm and back into school at once and we would try to find a sponsor for her. 

Rita comes from our neighborhood in Likuyani.  Her family lives in the thatched house at our corner and they are very poor. Rita would often appear at our gate and Davis’s mother would give her food and avocados from the tree in our yard. A few weeks ago, Davis passed by Rita’s home on his way to Eldoret and greeted her grandmother as he went on his way.  It was a day like any other day—except that this day turned out to be different.  Within hours, and before Davis returned from his business, Rita’s grandmother suddenly died.  For Rita, real trouble had just begun.   

Immediately after the funeral, Rita’s grandfather took her out of school to do the housework and chores.  She had become almost like a slave girl without her grandmother to care for her.  There was not enough food.  There was no soap to keep clean.  There was little clothing, and the thatched roof did not keep them dry. Life became even more difficult for Rita.

The neighbors noticed and one of them took Rita in temporarily.  Because this neighbor had so many other children to care for, she could not keep Rita for long.  She came to Davis and asked if his family would take care of Rita.  For a night or two, Davis and his family took her in, but they knew it would be difficult to keep her long term.  Davis wanted to help Rita, and he dreamed of a brighter future for her. He  hoped she could become a part of Heritage Academy where she would be loved, fed, clothed, and cared for.  His dream came true when a sponsor came forward to help Rita. 

She is a darling little girl with lots of charm.  Whenever you mention her name, people smile. We are thankful that Rita has bright hope for tomorrow thanks to her new sponsor and Heritage Academy leaders.  When I saw Rita, she was so very happy.  Her joy is contagious to all who know her.  Thank you, dear sponsors, for your generosity.  And thank you, Davis, for your compassion for the least of these.

Baby Tamara: An Intersection

Written by margaret. Posted in Children, Education, Women's Community

Margaret shares a story of the way God used a visitor to intersect and detour the life of a family in an amazing and wonderful way!

Mary was one of our summer visitors.  A highlight of her trip was to visit her sponsored child, Francis. Mary was all smiles for sure when she met Francis and he kept grinning as well.  We first visited the Mary and Francishome of Francis’s uncle, where we learned that the child goes back and forth between 2 homes.  We decided to change our afternoon plans and also go visit Francis’s other home with his grandmother.  At the grandmother’s compound, John (another member of the visiting group) was curious about other homes on the compound and did some walking around.  At one home he noticed a baby that had something terribly wrong.  After checking out the child and talking to the mother, Davis learned that the child had been seriously burned about 10 days earlier. Davis immediately said, “Margaret, we need to change our plans for tomorrow.  We need to take this baby to the hospital.”  Sometimes I think I have seen everything in the village and then there is something more distressing.  I had the feeling that this mother was holding her infant child, just waiting for the child to die. 

The next day, we took the mother, dad, and baby to see a doctor in Eldoret that we trust, Dr. Koesch.  The baby cried most of the trip and so did I.  We waited for hours to see the doctor.  When he was finally able to examine the baby, I thought he was going to cry as well.  This is a city doctor and there is such a gap in healthcare between the city and our village.  After examining the baby, Dr. Koesch looked out the window for a while trying to decide what he should do.  Finally he turned to me and said, “This child has been covered with herbs that are not sterilized.  The child will get a terrible infection if this is not cleaned off and proper medication given.  It will be very painful to clean the child.  She must be hospitalized.”  Even now as I am writing to you, I have tears thinking back on this moment.  I said to him, “Dr. Koesch, we are prepared to do whatever you think is necessary to save this child.”  We agreed to put the child, Tamara, in the private hospital in Eldoret.   Davis and I took the little family to the private hospital and left them there for the night.

The next day we sent Pastor Joseph to pay the hospital bill and bring them home. He learned how to take care of the baby, helped teach the mother, and agreed to keep a close watch on the situation over the coming weeks.  Pastor Joseph spent quite a bit of time with the baby’s mother Faith, and during this time learned that Faith had graduated from high school with a fairly good grade—AND she dreamed of becoming a teacher. 

Oh my, when Pastor Joseph told me this I was astounded.  We believed that God had detoured us from our original plans so that we could learn about baby Tamara and help the family get proper care for her, and now it looked like there was more to the story!  This is where my friend Lois comes into the picture.  She had visited us in the village earlier in the summer. Before leaving, Lois felt called to “help two women have a chance to change their lives,” and provided funds to send two women to Heritage College to become teachers.  When I learned about Faith’s dream to become a teacher, I immediately remembered Lois’s words and gift. We were able to tell Faith that we had a place for her in Heritage College and that someone had paid for her training.  Can you imagine the smile on her face, the joy in her heart?  First of all, her baby Tamara would live and not die as she had thought, and now even another miracle might happen in her life—her dream of becoming a teacher could become a reality.  We had a heart-to-heart, head on talk with Anthony, her husband.  He and the family on the compound agreed that they fully supported Faith to go to college for this two- year commitment.

Tamara and FamilyWhat has been done for this family will change their lives forever.  FOREVER!!  They are a testimony in the village and many are watching.  Yes, one life, one family at a time.  We aren’t changing the world, but through God’s grace and wisdom, through His
guidance and love, we are seeing lives change. 
They are a testimony.  You are a testimony because
of your giving!

May God be glorified in all these things!

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