Say Hello To Dorcus

Dorcus

A young woman truly clothed in strength and dignity. Dorcus is filled with wisdom and faith. She is confident God will take her far in life and the glisten in her eyes when she talks about her dreams shows the hope she has for her future. The sound of her laughter is sweet and her smile is radiant. Dorcus is a light to everyone she encounters.

Dorcus came to the orphanage in 2013. Before that, she was living with her mother and three sisters in a small, one room, mud hut in the Kipsongo slum. Her father died when she was young and her mother struggled to provide for Dorcus and her sisters. Her aunt and uncle tried to help support them as much as they could but they had a family of their own to take care of. When her uncle was able to spare some money for Dorcus, her mother, and her sisters, Dorcus was the one who had to go to the market to buy the food. She feared that someone would try to steal it from her and kill her. She feared for her and her family’s safety at night in the slum. Without a man living in the house, they were incredibly vulnerable. Her only relief came on the days she was able to go to school. Dorcus loved going to school, not only because she loved learning but because the meals she received at the school’s feeding center were oftentimes the only meals she’d receive all week. It was at school that Dorcus was taught that if a person has faith and trusts in God, He will provide for them. She prayed daily for the safety of her and her family. She prayed she would get an opportunity to leave the slum and to better her life. She prayed for a sense of hope. Her prayers were answered in 2013 when she was told she had gotten a sponsor and that she would be moving into the children’s home. Since that day, Dorcus no longer fears for her life. She knows she is safe, she knows she has a warm bed to sleep in and food to eat every single day. And because of that, she is able cast her worries aside and be a young girl. She is able to laugh, sing and dance. She smiles constantly. She works so hard in school to be one of the top kids in her class. She wants to get into a good high school and eventually a good university. Dorcus hopes to become a primary school teacher so that she can have a positive influence in the lives of young students. Little does she know, she already is a positive influence in the lives of everyone around her. Dorcus is a beautiful young woman inside and out.

Do you miss anything about your life before?

I miss my parents and my sisters.

Do you feel different now that you are living at the orphanage?

I feel good being in the orphanage. When I was at home, my parents didn’t have any money for school fees. I only went to school about 3 days a week, sometimes more, sometimes less. Because I am able to go to school every day, my grades have improved.

If you could say anything to your sponsor what would you say?

Thank you for sponsoring me and I hope one day you will come to Kenya. I love you so much. May God bless the work of your hands.

What is your favorite thing to do?

I like to learn about God; my favorite bible verse is Matthew 19:26.

“Jesus looked at them and said, ‘With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.'”

What grade are you in?

I am in standard 6 and I am 13 years old.

What do you want to be when you get older?

I want to be a grade 5 teacher.

Favorite color?

Black

Favorite food?

Chicken, chips and soda

Who is your best friend?

Naomi Wamalwa, we like to dance together

 

Say Hello to Cicilia

Cicilia Apalat.

She is the girl with the brains and the determination to accomplish anything her heart desires. She is the girl who always puts others first and shows love to everyone around her. She is the girl who is going to amazing places and is going to change peoples’ lives along the way.

Like most children growing up in Kipgongo, Cicilia’s parents passed away when she was very young. Her aunt and uncle took her in and cared for her as an obligation to her parents. Her aunt didn’t have a job and her uncle worked small jobs around town to try and earn some money, but it was never enough. Cicilia often went without food and without enough clothing for the cold, rainy nights in Kipsongo.  Her aunt and uncle had children of their own and they would often put Cicilia last and leave her to fend for herself. As a result, she lacked most of her basic needs. She was neglected and unloved. When we first met Cicilia five years ago, she was soft spoken with a small glimmer in her eyes; a glimmer of hope. That glimmer has now turned into an amazing sparkle that shows her aspirations for her life and her future. She is top in her class and loves to help others with their studies. She knows the importance of education and she hopes to one day be a professor for a university so she can help others follow their dreams just as she gets to follow hers. She is no longer a sad, shy little girl- she has flourished into a strong and happy young lady whose future is as bright as her smile.

Do you miss anything about your life before?

I miss my cousins and brother and sister.

Do you feel different now that you are living at the orphanage?

When I was home I didn’t have things that I needed and now I lack nothing. I love that I get to go to school everyday and learn.

If you could say anything to your sponsor what would you say?

Thank you for the work that she has done for me. I am praying that God protects her and her family, so that she can come to Kenya one day. 

What is your favorite thing to do?

I love to read my bible and learn about God. My favorite verse is John 3:36.

What grade are you in?

I am in standard 8 and am 14 years old. 

What do you want to be when you get older?

I want to be a professor at a university and teach math.

Favorite color?

Pink and Purple.

Favorite food?

Chips and Chicken.

Who is your best friend?

Consolata, because if I lack anything she shares with me. She is a good friend.

Say Hello To Allen

Allan.

Compassionate and caring. He would do anything to help those around him. Allan is a hard worker and a good student with dreams of bettering the lives of others. With his steadfast faith and his determination, there’s no doubt his dreams will become a reality.

Allan is one of the sweetest boys in the orphanage with the greatest smile. Allan has been in the orphanage for the last four years and we are still learning more about his story. He is the third born in his family; he has two older brothers and a younger sister. Allen’s parents both died of HIV. His aunt and uncle both suffered from mental illnesses and disappeared separately for so long that they were presumed dead. This left Allen, his brothers, his sister, and three of his cousins in the care of their elderly grandmother. The seven children and the grandmother lived in a small, two room hut made of mud with a thatched roof. The responsibility of taking care of the family oftentimes fell on Allan and his two older brothers because the grandmother was too weak to care for all of them. There was not always enough food for everyone to eat and going to school on a regular basis seemed like an unattainable dream for Allan. Our partners in Kitale were notified about Allan’s cousin, Sharline and when they went to pick her up, Allan was the only other child at home. Sharline refused to go until they agreed that Allan could come also. Now that Allan is safe and thriving in the orphanage, he has his heart set on helping others. When he is all grown up, he aspires to bless the lives of the less fortunate the way his life has been blessed. He is gracious and incredibly grateful. His laughter is contagious and he has a soft gentle voice. He loves school and he loves being with all of his friends and his cousin, Sharline, in the children’s home. Allan is a light to everyone. He is truly one in a million.

Do you miss anything about your life before?

I don’t miss anything.

Do you feel different now that you are living at the orphanage?

I feel very better because now I am able to sleep well, I am receiving education, and I have clothes to wear which makes me very happy.

If you could say anything to your sponsor what would you say?

Thank you for sponsoring me and I love you.

What is your favorite thing to do?

I like to read about Kenyan history.

What grade are you in?

I am in standard 6 and my age is 12.

What do you want to be when you get older?

I want to be an engineer. I want to work on airplanes.

Favorite color?

Red

Favorite food?

Chapati and lentils

Who is your best friend?

Gordon, we like to play ball together.

Karibuni

We are two weeks into being back in Kenya…it’s so hard to believe two whole weeks have flown by. It has been two weeks of laughs, feeling at home, feeling a little stressed at everything we need to do, and two weeks of pure thankfulness to be here again. As we walk and talk with the kids and our Kenyan Family it’s so prevalent of how much we truly missed being here and because God is so good, He gave us these six weeks to be where our hearts feel at home.

The biggest reason we feel at home here is of course the kids. Spending everyday with them is such a blessing, and it is also a little crazy. And when we say crazy, we mean these kids are NUTS!!! We have already had a water war at school, been chased around with cow poop and HUGE bugs, had multiple dance parties, been personal jungle gyms, stepped in pee, been there to wipe tears away, and been threated to be thrown into the tilapia pond at the orphanage. To say we have our hands full is an understatement. And completing all the projects we have on our list is going to be quite the task, especially when we have all these crazy amazing kids to work with!

While we are here we always have a ton to accomplish. This trip is no different. We have so many new and exciting projects to work on in these short, six weeks; all of which are our attempts to show you the heart of Kenya and to help you learn more about these amazing kids. We hope to show you everyday life in Kitale in more ways than just pictures on social media. We want to blog more- about several different topics and projects that are happening at Seeds. We want to give you the inside scoop about what is going on with our older kids as they begin transitioning out of the orphanage and into the community as adults. A topic that needs to be addressed and it incredibly important! We want to help you get to know better the amazing people behind the whole thing, Richard and Hellen Makani, and we hope to show you their hearts and the passion they have for bettering the kids’ lives. We also have a super special, top secret project in the works. It’s a project that we both feel with connect you with the kids in a whole new way! By involving you as much as possible, we believe you will come to love Kenya and the extraordinary people here as much as we do.

‘Karibuni’ in swhahili means ‘everyone is welcome.’ We welcome you to have open hearts and share with us in the amazing memories we will make here. We welcome you to grow in your relationship with your sponsored child; to write them letters, send them emails and photos, and let them know you love them. And we welcome you to join with us in the loads of fun we will have while we are here

Thank you so much for letting us be your eyes and ears here in Kitale and we hope you will enjoy everything that will be coming your way in the next couple of weeks!

Love

K&S

Say Hello to Cynthia

Cynthia

 She walks with pride and wisdom, she laughs without care, and loves deeply towards everyone she knows, and she lives with the faith that with God anything is possible.

Cynthia is an amazing and special girl. She, like a lot of the kids in our orphanage, had to grow up way too quickly. When she was only ten years old, her father was tragically murdered in the lawless slum of Kipsongo. Along with her older brother, Cynthia was forced into the role of caretaker for her baby brother, her mother, and the household. Her mother was sick with HIV and was very weak, so within two years of her father’s death, they were forced to move into her aunt’s house for extra support. As the years passed, her mother became very unwell and started showing signs of organ failure. Cynthia’s aunt became the main care taker of her and her siblings and she became extremely abusive – beating the children for getting their clothes dirty and requiring them to work and neglect their studies. She forced Cynthia and her siblings to be laborers and earn money for the family. As a result, Cynthia was doing very poorly in school. She worried constantly about her mother and was doing all she could to help her and her siblings. Cynthia prayed her and her siblings would be rescued from their situation, and God answered. He gave all three of them a way out through sponsorship and they moved into the orphanage. Since coming to the children’s home, Cynthia has become her happy, bright self again. She is working so hard in school and has huge dreams of being a doctor so she can help people like her parents. She wants to be a world changer and be the hands and feet of Jesus. She is clothed in dignity and laughs without fear of the future because she knows God is on her side.

Do you miss anything from your life before moving into the orphanage?

I don’t miss anything, I am grateful to God for where I am now.

Do you feel different now that you are living at the orphanage?

I feel happy because I get to learn and my grades are improving. I want to be able to go to university one day.

If you could say anything to your sponsor what would you say?

Thank you because she has shown me kindness and love by saving my life from Kipsongo.

What is your favorite thing to do?

I love to dance it makes me happy.

What grade are you in?

Standard 8 and I am 14 years old.

What do you want to be when you get older?

I want to be a heart surgeon on children so I can help save their lives.

Favorite color?

Pink

Favorite food?

Ugali and chicken

Who is your best friend?

Naomi Wamalwa, we like to read story books and study together.