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.

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