Everlyne is our key on-the-ground staff member in Kenya. She works tirelessly to keep our Foster Family Loans Program working like clockwork. Everlyne is very hands-on and is involved in the many aspects of this program. Let’s take a journey through a typical week for Everlyne.
Visiting the children at school
Everlyne frequently visits the children at their specific schools to see their progress. Each child in this program is important and Everlyne always makes the time to visit. During one of her many visits, Everlyne went to meet the two children, Jacky and Simon, in the middle of the picture on the right. They are both beneficiaries of the program and it is great to see them doing to well and enjoying school.
Another visit is made to a Jogoo special school [photo above]. “I made a follow up visit to check on my dear friends. Though very young, they still remembered me and were really excited to see me,” Everlyne tells us.
In the morning, twice a week, she holds meetings where she meets the clients and conducts training sessions [photo on left]. The main area is basic accounting/ finance knowledge, how to make small budgets and promoting a savings culture.
Everlyne continually makes home visits to check on the young children and their foster parents [clients] who are mainly farmers. This is Josephine at her home with her grandchildren [photo on right]. This family are part of the Foster Family Loans Program and once again, it is great to see the children thriving.
Leonida is one of our outgoing clients [Leonida is wearing the apron and Everlyne is wearing the red top]. She is seated at the market stall where she sells her vegetables. During these visits, Everlyne reminds our clients of any outstanding loan amounts and makes any relevant calculations where necessary. Leonida has been in the program for over one year now and she has been successful and is really grateful to the Foster Family Loans Program for the support, “Thank you to this wonderful program, now I can conduct my business comfortably with no fear of my children sleeping hungry nor being chased from school for fees.”
Thank you Everlyne for your commitment to the children and their families in this program. Because of you and the ACDF team, we are seeing this program go from strength to strength.
Little Joel became an orphan when his mother passed away but was recently adopted by his step grandmother, Nyanchoka. He is four years old and is expected to start school next year. Nyanchoka has been living alone since her husband died. Before Joel came into her home, she spent most of her time at her small tea farm, just waiting for the end of the day, then go home to her lonely house.
In celebration of International Women's Day (March 8), we recognize Gladys and the many other women just like her who have amazing stories of endurance, empowerment, and hope. With the help of the Foster Family Loan's Program in Kenya, she has grown her small fire-wood business to sell second-hand clothes around the community. This is an important step for her to provide for herself and her new-found family.
As a toddler, Michael was found abandoned near an orphanage entrance one morning. The workers took him in and gave him food and shelter. Michael stayed there til the age of three. This is when Venice enters his world. Venice and her husband tried for five years to have a child but were not able. They decided to adopt an orphan who needed a family, so they visited the orphanage and that's when they met Michael. They knew right then that Michael was meant to be theirs.
Jared's mother enjoyed drinking and also gave the brew to her little boy. Often, the villagers would find the mother very drunk and little Jared sleeping in the cold. Jared would often get sick and almost died a few times. Finally, Jared's mother couldn't take care of him any more so she decided to sell Jared to one of her customers. Jared was sold for Kshs. 450 (US$4).