We asked some of the children to give us insights into how we've supported them since we started in 2010
“I am Simon, I am 18 years old and HIV positive. My mother died while giving birth to me. My grandmother took over to bring me up, she has struggled with me as she is also sick with diabetes and high blood pressures and ageing now (70yrs old).
Before Wamumbi Orphan Care I was going two days with no food. One thing I remember is that when Martha visited us in our home the first time, she really cried because I was very thin and weak,
almost ready to die the next hour. That same day she brought us food which was enough to carry us for a whole month and which was like a miracle to us.
Since we joined the group we have benefited a lot, with so many things, not only food but also kitchen gardens, counselling and above all giving us courage in life. I met several children in Wamumbi Orphan Care who are like me, HIV positive and this gave me a lot of courage and hope in life as I share a lot with them. Now am a very strong gentleman with high hopes in life thanks to the organisation, and my prayer is for it to expand and reach many more HIV positive children around Kangema.” (Simon)
"My name is Jakes, I was left orphaned by both of my parents when I was still young and in primary school. After the death of my parents, my brother and I landed in
the hands of my grandparents who are now 75 and 82 years old.
Luckily a close friend of mine was a beneficiary of Wamumbi Orphan Care. He shared with me about the organisation and instructed me how I can contact Martha who is the leader of the group and after one week we received a very positive report that we were part of the group.
Since then our lives have changed drastically. I cleared from high school last month (November 2015) having been sponsored with a full secondary school scholarship. Also as a household, we have really benefited from a kitchen garden, chickens, and above all workshop training from the experts who are brought in for guidance and counselling by Wamumbi Orphan Care. This has really helped me to face life with courage and confidence and my prayer is to give back to the organisation in the future.
I am a witness of so many orphaned children in our home village who have benefited through this organisation and am trusting that it will expand and reach out to many more orphans in our area who still need their support.” (Jakes)
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Despite facing some challenges at the start of this year we are continuing to support our teenagers through secondary school and those doing vocational courses with money we have managed to fundraise from family and friends. We're in the process of making grant applications to ensure we can continue our work into the future. Sad news this month is that one of our grandmothers has passed away leaving behind the two siblings she was caring for, we will do our best to support them as they go through this difficult time.
We are currently supporting 15 teenagers through the third term of secondary school, with two more being sponsored by Equity Bank. In August we ran two sexual health workshops, one for our guardians and members of the wider community, and the other for all our teenagers 11yrs+. This was in collaboration with the ABCs of Sex Education who did a fantastic job, bringing a great sense of humour into an otherwise serious topic. We have also run four more successful workshops this year in April, May and August. Theatre, art, music and counselling through this medium is having a transformative effect on all our children. They are noticeably less depressed, more confident, and building strong relationships with their peers and guardians.
This month we're holding two workshops during the Easter holidays for our youngsters - one is a 10 day residential theatre and art therapy workshop and the other is a four day music workshop. We're excited to be able to give the children this opportunity to learn and grow in such creative spaces!