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Chariots for Hope, in partnership with Cornerstone Church of Skippack would like to introduce you to these children in need of a sponsor

Sharon

Both of my parents are alive.  I come from a very large family and my older siblings have not been able to break out of poverty.  They have dropped out of school, become single parents or are unemployed.  My parents do not own any land and they work temporary jobs on someone else’s land in order to try to feed us.  I did not have any hope of my life being any different until I was given the opportunity to live at Kaptagat Children’s Home.  I not only have hope for myself but for my family as well.  If I can finish school then maybe I will be able  to help my family too.  I am in 7th grade (Class 7). K04-CFH/127

Age: 13 | Gender: Female | Children's Home: Kaptagat

Diana

My parents separated in 2011, the same year I was born. I am the youngest of five children.  We were left to live with my alcoholic father.  My mother left us to marry another man.  My oldest sister is 15 years old and living with a man.  It was not safe for my sister and I to stay with my father because he is very unpredictable when he is drunk, which is most of the time.  I am very happy that both my sister, Brenda, and I were able to come live at Kaptagat Children’s Home.  I can now attend school instead of doing house chores for my father. I am in Nursery School. K04-CFH/130  

Age: 9 | Gender: Female | Children's Home: Kaptagat

Valary

I do not know my dad. I come from a community where everyone makes brew and drinks liquor. My mom died earlier this year. She had AIDS. I have been living with my grandparents who live in the same community and are alcoholics. They sold their land in order to support their drinking habits. No one cares if I go to school or not. I have never gone to school consistently. I did not have hope that my future holds anything good until I was given the opportunity to live at Kaptagat Children’s Home. I can now attend school regularly and am in 3rd grade (Class 3). I have hope again. K04-CFH/145  

Age: 10 | Gender: Female | Children's Home: Kaptagat

Brenda

My dad died in 2006 soon after I was born. As soon as this happened his family chased my mom away from our home. We had to go back to where her parents are living. They are alcoholics and are very poor.  My mom collects firewood in the forest to sell in an attempt to care for me. I have six siblings. My oldest sister is already a mom herself and my two oldest brothers are uneducated and unemployed. I felt that I would grow up with a hopeless future until I was given the opportunity to live at Kaptagat Children’s Home. I am so thankful! I am in 3rd grade which is called class 3 in Kenya. K04-CFH/144    

Age: 12 | Gender: Female | Children's Home: Kaptagat

Naomi

My parents separated because they were blaming the other one for their HIV infection. My dad has been out of my life and not involved. My mom was living in her step-brother’s servants house until she was throw out. She then rented a room at the shopping center through her small jobs. Nearly all of her money goes towards rent, which means I have had to try to find jobs to work. The doctor said it is important for my mom to eat well because of her health condition so it is very difficult for her to have extra money to feed me and my sister, Sharon. Life has been so hard. I am happy to be at Kaptagat. I am in 4th grade. K04-CFH/140    

Age: 10 | Gender: Female | Children's Home: Kaptagat

Sharon

My parents separated because they were blaming the other one for their HIV infection. My dad has been out of my life and not involved. My mom was living in her step-brother’s servants house until she was throw out. She then rented a room at the shopping center through her small jobs. Nearly all of her money goes towards rent, which means I have had to try to find jobs to work. The doctor said it is important for my mom to eat well because of her health condition so it is very difficult for her to have extra money to feed me and my sister, Naomi. Life has been so hard. I am happy to be at Kaptagat. I am in 6th grade. K04-CFH/141  

Age: 12 | Gender: Female | Children's Home: Kaptagat

Lorna

My mom was a single working parent with two children. She left her home area and went to Western Kenya where she met my dad. She became pregnant with me and was infected with AIDS. She was to ashamed to go back to her family. She has not been healthy since I was born. Her brother, my uncle, looked for her and found her in very bad health. She has been in and out of the hospital. My uncle is supporting by older brothers. My older sister is already married. I am very sad by my mother’s health condition. I had no hope for my future until I came to live at Kaptagat Children’s Home.  I am in 6th grade (Class 6). K04-CFH/138  

Age: 14 | Gender: Female | Children's Home: Kaptagat

Abigail

My mom died while giving birth to me.  She was having an operation and did not wake up from it. There was no one to look after me. My dad was already struggling to take care of my four older siblings and did not know how to care for an infant. I was taken to Moggoosiek Baby Home where I  was loved so much.  Now that I am in primary school and there is still no one in my family who is able to provide for me I have moved to Kapatgat Children’s Home. I am in 2nd grade (Class 2). K04-CFH/137  

Age: 9 | Gender: Female | Children's Home: Kaptagat

Reuben

I came to live at Kaptagat Children’s Home when I was 16 years old.  It is very uncommon for someone who is already a teenager to be given the opportunity to be part of a children’s home and yet my past was so horrific I am thankful that an exception was made for me. Both of my parents had passed away by the time I came to the home. Before they died both of my parents were alcoholics and were frequently in prison.  My older siblings were dropping out of school and running away from the family. I had no hope.  I am thankful that I have finished high school and will be joining college. K04-CFH/021  

Age: 23 | Gender: Male | Children's Home: Kaptagat