Read these creative testimonials written bytalented high school students and graduates from Nyumbani Village!
“I am the first born in a family of four. I was born and brought up in a mere rural area. Life there proved to be very miserable and pathetic. Due to high poverty level we lived f
rom hand to mouth since it was a single family with the mother being the only sole breadwinner in the family. It became worse when the only breadwinner in the family passed away. By this time I was in Form 1. The other siblings gave me all their eyes and ears since I was the eldest in the family. To withstand this I thought of leaving the school to go and work to provide for the family.
Before I had taken the action, I was amazed when I was informed that Nyumbani had recognized our status and soon we were going to join it. I had to renew myself since the thought of education had disappeared from my mind and lost hope in life. We found Nyumbani village in 2012 and it is from that time I started seeing light in life. The tender care taken upon me in the place makes me tend to forget my status. I nowadays don’t believe whether I am parentless since in Nyumbani life is smooth and conducive for academics. I can brand Nyumbani “An Oasis in a Vain Desert” since my life seemed to be a desert of no hope but Nyumbani proved to be a safe place. Nyumbani now has harbored hundreds of children who have faced the same life of lack of parental care but now have hope for a future. I am looking to become a surgeon after academics. I would like to help people dying of pain in hospital due to lack of treatment. With the help of Nyumbani I am assured of fulfilling my dreams.”
By Mark M.
“Nyumbani! Nyumbani! Nyumbani our home, Nyumbani our mother, Nyumbani our city. In fact, Nyumbani is a haven of comfort. I count myself among the happiest people; I am getting my basic needs and even at the time of my arrival, I received a very warm welcome from the other children, a welcome that volunteers and visitors can also attest to receiving. Many years back (1999-2009) before I came to Nyumbani, life was challenging to me. Looking back, I see that the world is full of opportunists. When you are doing well everyone wants to be your friend, but once your circumstances change, they turn to be your enemies. That is exactly what I witnessed with my own eyes. When my parents were alive we had an abundance of friends but this quickly changed when they passed. Moreover, I felt that we as orphaned children didn’t have rights. Many a time I felt that people viewed us as a burden. However, I know that there is no single day that God will see me as a burden and all the people I met in life who challenged me should not enrage me but instead should make me happy because the obstacles they presented, strengthened me. I realized that challenges are inevitable but every problem atrophies. Jeremiah 29:11 speaks of God’s plans for us. I am currently in Form 3 and I have very big dreams of someday becoming a doctor, so nothing is impossible with God. For all those reading this magazine, may you get courage and passion in life from the challenges faced and overcome by others. You will find that you are not alone and in times of suffering, God takes care of you.”
“Really my life is not as easy as one may think. In fact, I have been through so many challenges that I do not wish to remember. My optimism does not stem from the fact that I come from a rich family but because some circumstances have made me adapt a mentality of believing in myself and in God and the many wonders he has done in my life. When my parents passed away, I lost parental care such that I had nobody to support me. Under the care of my grandmother, life was not easy as I was only in class four. Due to high levels of poverty in our home, circumstances forced me to go to work so that I could earn a living at only 10 years of age. For me to survive, I had to work hard and for many hours under harsh con =ditions for very low pay. I was subjected to very cumbersome chores like fetching firewood, cooking and digging. I was given no food for the whole day, just a lot of work yet I was paid only 50 shillings per day. To add insult to injury, my grandmother also passed away in 2007, subjecting me to total hopelessness. I felt as if the earth was going to break and swallow me because now everything was an absolute mess. I survived only by prayers and God’s mercy. Fortunately Almighty God answered my prayers.
My elder sister took me to a boarding school where I completed my primary education and in September 2009 I joined Nyumbani Village. From that moment my life became easier. I have now joined secondary education and I am enjoying life in Nyumbani village. Contrary to the bleak future I previously had ahead I am assured of attaining my goals in life with the help of Nyumbani.”
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