There are many young girls, in Kenya, who become pregnant while still in school and are often left on their own. With no education or job, these young girls together with their babies try to survive on the streets. This is a hard and dangerous life that is often cut short.
Zippy was a young, single mother who had to drop out of high school to raise her baby. She began to sell vegetables to make a living however needed help to make her small business a success. She was at high risk of being out on the streets with her baby when she heard about the Captivating / ACDF program. Zippy is now part of our micro loans program and is learning how to run her small business effectively. This is a lifesaving opportunity for Zippy as she is being equipped with the skills needed to build a stable future for her and her baby. Zippy is very talented with her gardens and grows quality crops to sell and is receiving the training she needs to continue to grow her business. Our congratulations to Zippy and the Captivating/ACDF team for helping to secure the future of this family.
For more information about this program or to find out how you could partner with Captivating to bring hope and lasting change to children and women in Kenya, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
(Photo – Zippy receiving training and support from Captivating’s Kenya based Program Manager. They are standing in front of her vegetable crop)
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).