Below is a letter Chariots for Hope recently received from a recent graduate, Kimanthi. Hear in his words the impact our Mukaa Children’s Home had on his life.
I was born on 16th January 1995, the 5th born in a family of 10. I joined Mtito Andei Children’s Home in 2000. The major reason among many why I joined the children’s home is that my parents were not able meet the basic needs of our family, of food, shelter and clothing but most important education. There was no future at home then.
Children’s home experience was not good for me at first. Adopting to following rules and interacting with new kids was a little bit hard. I stayed at Mtito children’s home for three years. In 2003 many children’s homes in Kenya were shut down. Mukaa Children’s Home was one among the few that were left taking care of kids in Kenya. I was transferred to Mukaa Children’s Home in January 2004.
At Mukaa Children’s Home I found it completely a new environment with a different style of child care. It was hard to adopt the system because at my former home some few basic necessary child growth initiatives lacked. It was challenging for me, but good. The parents were very close to the kids and showed us a lot of love. Early childhood behavior control was remarkable.
My education status was not good. I was enrolled in class four at Mukaa Primary School. The school experience and programs were different than my former. It was stricter and a close teacher child relationship was well observed. Motivation and reinforcement of behavior was good and remarkable. School performance was also better and good inter-learner competition. I felt like I was lagging behind especially in academics. Many children performed well both at the school and at Mukaa Children’s Home.
I was not good in class but I had to push myself to fit into the school and home competitive system. In 2004 I struggled to better my performance but I couldn’t make it. 2005 I was still an average pupil in my class. It was tough for me mainly due to the reinforcements by teachers to the non performing students. But I thank God for that because it has made me whom I am today. The strictness, rules and regulation and disciplinary reinforcements from both teachers and parents changed my academic life. I started exploring different methods of studying to improve my performance. My brother and my sister were good in class I couldn’t help myself by not performing. I had to follow their footsteps of education. They were my motivation.
In 2006 I was a top average student in class. My performance was better compared to that of 2005. The level of performance was not much impressive though. I had to put more effort in class. My dream and goal was to follow my brother and sister in high school. Year 2008 I passed my primary school examination. I got a chance to join a high school. It was not such an easy task but I thanked God for answering my prayers. Surprisingly I even got a calling latter from the school where my brother had enrolled for his secondary education.
In 2009, I joined Mukaa Boys High School for my Secondary Level Education. High school studies were more challenging and much difficulty compared to primary level. I had to push myself a little bit harder than before and work smarter than in my previous level of study. As I enrolled in form 1 my brother was in his last year of study. He managed to get a good grade and made it to the university the following year. It was a challenge for me. I purposed to work hard also and follow him. Apart from academics, I was also talented in different co-curricular activities. I participated in Drama & Music and in Table Tennis which is my best sport up to now. It was a challenge for me to balance between academics and co-curriculars. I finished my secondary education in 2012. I got a good grade that was able to take me to my next level of study. I thanked God for the achievement and making my dream come true.
On September 2013, I joined Moi University. Taking a Bachelors of Education Arts (Business Studies). I thought it will be easier in the university than the other levels of study. But it seems the higher the education levels the tougher the studies. I continued studying hard and working smart at the university taking care of myself not lay down the good morals and ethics that have been brought up on at Mukaa Children’s Home. My degree program ended August 2018. At this level I see this as a chance and opportunity God has given me to change my family, my life and my future. I thank God for the far He has taken me. It is my prayer that God will help me even accomplish much in future. Am trusting in God to open doors for me to pursue a Master’s Degree in few years to come. My prayer to God is that he gives me a heart to be able to help others in future who have different needs and cannot help themselves.
Let me express sincere gratitude and a thank you to Chariots for Hope organization. You have really given me hope and a future and many more children who have passed through this organization. You have touched and changed many lives and turned around lives which would otherwise have gone into waste if it was not for your help. May God bless you and give you more resources to continue changing many more life now and in future. This is my prayer for you that, Let the good work that God started in you never end.
This is what I would say to those who have never seen or met us children. You only hear stories about us but you sacrifice a lot of monies and belongings to keep us here at the Children’s Homes in Kenya and Africa at large. It is not a waste of your money or resources, it is a blessing and a life change to you and the children. You have changed many children’s life; you have changed our future. You give us a reason to live and a reason to see life in a much different and better way than we could have seen it some few years back when our future was blind. You are a glowing light in the darkness in our life’s. I could not be who I am today if it were not for sponsors, well-wishers and organizations. My family could not have educated me and brought me up the way the children’s home has done through you. You are the reason why I write this today. If God has blessed you with this opportunity to help please don’t hold it back. The little you contribute it’s a change to many children’s life. It does miracles.
Thank you. God bless you.