Child Sponsorship Program Manager
Samuel Eyinda Asumwa is a work oriented personality that borders between introversion and extroversion. His objective is to provide a meaningful service to humanity. He was born and grew up in the village until he went to high school in Kakamega High School in the year 1992 till 1996.
Afterwards he embarked on some works in different institutions until 2006 where he enrolled in Nairobi Bible College for a Diploma course in Biblical studies and Theology and graduated in 2008 after three years of study.
He later went and managed a farm in Webuye where he worked till 2012 after which he got married and moved back to Nairobi until now. While in Nairobi he enrolled in Platinum School of Business Management and Social Sciences in 2013 to 2014 for a Diploma course in Social Work and Community development.
He got work with Home of Hope international in 2013 as a Child Sponsorship Coordinator up to now. His work entails getting desperate stories of the Orphans and the vulnerable children in the slums where the Home Church is in place. He gets to interview the supposed children to get clarity on everything before highlighting their stories to the relevant figures.
The interview entails a child`s basic needs of Education, Medical, Clothing and food. In education we ascertain whether the child is in the age of going to school, and if yes we clarify if the child is going to school or not. We also get the health status of a child whether he has a medical condition that needs attention. In terms of clothing we ascertain whether the child has got clothes, beddings and even mosquito nets. In terms of food we check how many times the child feeds on a day and which kind of food do they eat.
After the interview and the assessment we make a decision whether to proceed to another level or just stop from there. When we have to move to another stage we request for their permission to take a photo and highlight their stories on the website to get a sponsor who can come in to help the child. At this point we have to make things clear that, it is not automatic for the sponsorship to come in. We have to explain to the parent or guardian that it may take a day, a week , a month , a year or years for the child to get a sponsor and in some cases it never goes through.
It is always joy for me when these children get a sponsor and start getting their cash to help in their areas of need. In this life one just needs a helping hand that enables them to stand on their two feet and forge on in life being also in a position to help others. We desire to see lives changed positively and those lives making impact in other children’s lives.
Both the parents/guardians and children have high expectations when the stories and photos are taken, but unfortunately the patience to wait for the fulfillment is always wanting. After a long wait with nothing coming in, there is always the assumption that the money came but someone somewhere took advantage of it never reaching them. With those assumptions the credibility of those involved is doubted though we have those who understand.