With the heart to change the world one child at a time, there is no stopping her! She knows her purpose. She walks with a joyful confidence knowing exactly who God has called her to be.
Damarus lived in Kispongo slum with her mother, father, brother and sister. They lived a two-room home that was only 256 square feet. After her aunt passed away and her uncle abandoned his family, Damarus’s five cousins moved in with her family. The children did not have a place to sleep so they spent their nights on the sitting room floor. Their household became extremely hard to manage so her father left his family and now lives in Lodwar, where he does small jobs for just enough money for food. Her mother would provide for her family by making beads and selling them to local artists. They often times would go hungry if her mother did not sell enough beads. Damarus’s main source of food was from school, where she was able to get breakfast and lunch. However, some days Damarus would have to skip school in order to help her mother work and care for the younger children. Damarus would often act as mother and teacher to her younger siblings and cousins. She would wake up early and help them get ready for school, help them with their homework, and do daily chores. She carried a lot of the burden for her mother and often felt guilty going to school because she knew she was needed at home. Her mother wanted a better life for her. She saw how much her daughter longed to go to school and had a true passion to one day be a teacher. Her mom prayed for a way to afford her daughters dreams and those prayers were answered. Through sponsorship Damarus’s life has changed into a life she only could dream of. She is able to go to school every day and her grades have improved over 200 marks since moving into the children’s home. She is working her hardest every day to achieve her goal of becoming a teacher. When we asked her why she wanted to be a teacher she says, “So I can help children to earn a way out of their life in the slum just like I did.” She had the heart of a true world changer and we are so proud of her.
Do you miss anything about your life before?
I just miss my sister and cousins at home, but I am so happy to be in the orphanage. I am so much happier.
Do you feel different now that you are living at the orphanage?
I feel happy now that I am in the orphanage and I am glad to be there. Jesus has brought me a long way.
If you could say anything to your sponsor what would you say?
Thank you for sponsoring me. I am praying for you. The day I was sponsored, I was happy because when I finish learning, I will help my cousins and my sister at home. I still worry about them.
Who is your best friend?
Susan Atchiang is my best friend. We like to study together. She helps me with math, science, and social studies.
What is your favorite thing to do?
Help the house moms take care of the little kids and play with the little kids.
I also like to read the John’s gospel.
What do you want to be when you get older?
My dream is to be a teacher of high school mathematics.
What grade are you in and how old are you?
I am in grade 7 and I am 14 years old.
What is your favorite color?
What is your favorite food?
chapati and green grams