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.
Michael [left] with some of his friends
Michael knew that Venice wasn’t his mother and struggled to fit in to the family life. He was rebellious and had a lot of resentment towards people. Slowly, Michael learned to be happy in his new family setting. This active and determined boy has made so many friends.
Upon adopting Michael, the orphanage introduced Venice to Everlyne [Captivating’s Kenya Project Manager] who helped her start a new small business with a microloan. Venice wanted to ensure that she was able to support her new son to go to school and to provide food, clothes and the home he needed. Now part of the Foster Family Loans Program, Venice is selling fresh produce at the local market. Its starting slow but she knows that with hard work and commitment, her small business with grow and so will her income. Michael will be ready to start school next year so she is determined to be able to pay the school fees.
Just recently, Venice was blessed by giving birth to a beautiful little girl. We are so happy for Venice and her children and are glad that Michael is now part of a happy and growing family.
For US$200, you can help stabilize a Kenyan foster family with a small business loan and give another orphan, just like Michael, their FOREVER FAMILY. (Donations are tax deductible for US and Hong Kong Donors).
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.
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).
Kareni's mother passed away when she was 3 years old, leaving her with her aging grandmother who passed away 1 year later. Little Kareni was all alone from 4 years old and was taken to a local orphanage where she remained for several years. During this time, Kareni was able to go to school most days but she dreamed of having her very own family.