Despite all of her hardships, Faith persevered and qualified for one of the best universities in Kenya. With your financial support she will be able to continue her education and create a better future for herself and her son.
“My name is Faith, I am 21 years old, and I am from Kenya. I am currently living at a women’s shelter in Naivasha, called Agatha Amani House (AAH)/Empowering Minds International (EMI). It is a small Kenyan non-profit organization which offers shelter and psychological support to women, girls and their children who are victims of domestic and sexual abuse.
By the time I was fourteen years old I was an orphan, and I went to live with my aunt and uncle. My aunt was extremely abusive, and the day after I graduated she kicked me out of the house entirely. I spent a short time living with my sister in Mombasa, but the man I was involved with impregnated me, and when he found out he tried to threaten me into having an illegal abortion. I left Mombasa and found myself living on the streets, sleeping in parks or outside cafes, pregnant and completely alone. By the time I arrived at AAH I was seven months pregnant. I originally planned on giving the child up for adoption. That changed the moment I set eyes on my son, Jasper. I knew I could not live without him, and my only option was to plan a life that could support the two of us. Since childhood I've dreamed of attending university. A degree would allow me to support Jasper and live an independent life, and ultimately to help people who come from similar situations.
My big dream was always to go to college so that I could take care of myself and live an independent life. Now if I can realize this dream, I’ll be able to take care of Jasper, and I’ll have the opportunity to help others who are in similar situations. “
Despite all the hardships that Faith has gone through, she still managed to do well in school, and qualify for one of the best universities in Kenya. Faith’s goal is to study Hospitality and Tourism Management at Kenyatta University, a public university. Unfortunately even public universities are expensive in Kenya.
We at AAH would love to send Faith to college, but as a small non-profit organization our resources are very limited and we can’t afford the cost of school fees, nor the cost of living for her and her child. All contributions will be allocated directly towards paying for her Bachelor's Degree and her cost of living.
We are so thankful to everyone who is ready to support her, even with a small amount.
*The names of Faith and Jasper have been changed to protect their identities.
U.S. donations to Agatha Amani House are made through Empowering Minds International, INC (EMI). All donations go towards funding the organization and its programs including the Agatha Amani House. EMI is a 501C3 nonprofit organization, donations are tax deductible.
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