We are short of words to express our gratitude to the sponsor who came in to help Willy when he needed it most. We found Willy in 2015 who was 9 years old and highlighted his story that was touching. Willy is the first born in a family of two. He was born to poor slum dwelling parents who were struggling to make ends meet. His life took a nose dive when his father was hacked to death during the post-election violence that was experienced in 2007/2008 in Kenya. After the burial of their father, he returned together with his mother and his younger brother to the city in the slum. After sometime the mother took them to their grandmother and abandoned them to unknown place.
The grandmother could only afford to house them and feed them with one meal a day but couldn`t afford taking them to school. It was until the grandmother did talk to a head teacher and made arrangements for them to start school. By then the grandmother was still struggling for she had 4 extra mouths to feed. Willy moved in with his younger brother and there were already some 2 more children staying with the grandmother. Though he started schooling, he couldn`t stay in school for lack of school fees.
It was at this juncture that we were introduced to him through the grandmother who is a member of our Home church in Kangemi. We did the story and a week later one sponsor made a decision to sponsor him together with his brother and first cousin. One day it was tears when the sponsor sent them money to buy gifts for them. We bought them new Shirts, trousers and school shoes. They were like dreaming, the grandmother cried and said and I quote, “I didn`t know that one day my grandchildren will dress like rich children, I lack words to express my gratitude.”
Since then Willy has stayed in school without any hitch in terms of school fees, uniform, food, and clothing. He is currently in grade 9/ form 1. His favorite subjects are Mathematics and Science and he dreams of becoming an engineer. We pray for the best in his life and we really appreciate his sponsor for coming in and being part of their lives.