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Mumo has 10 siblings and they live in a single room that is about 15X15ft. Mumo's father is epileptic hence it makes it very hard for him to do work around the community. When the kids were young, Mumo's mother did the bulk of the work like tilling people's farms during rainy season, doing laundry for
people, and if there was no other work, she picked dry wood in the bush and sold it to put food on the table. When Swim For Africa first began, Mumo's family was part of our supplemental food program. Due to their level of poverty, Mumo's family would have one meal a day and if they didn't have enough food for this then the younger siblings would eat something small and the older siblings would go to bed hungry or live off food from the nearest dumping site.
It wasn't until 2014 that Mumo became sponsored for school. He is 12 years old now and gets A's and B's. After school Mumo helps his 5 older brothers gather wood to sell for food for the next day. Unfortunately, Mumo's older brothers had to drop out of school due to lack of funds, the oldest of which is 18 now. Their highest level of education is grade 8. Fortunately, Mumo's two younger brother are sponsored through YWAM, however, we are still looking for more sponsors for this family. If you would like to sponsor someone in Mumo's family please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Samuel comes from a family of 5 siblings. His eldest sister is epileptic and another of his siblings fell ill in 2009. His family could not afford medical care and his sibling passed away a few days later from
poor hygienic conditions. Both of Samuel's parents are alive but their family survives on meager income.
Naomi is a sister to 7 siblings. Her older brother Enoch is also in our program and the two of them are in the same grade. Naomi's father passed away in 2008 from HIV. This was very hard on their family but having seen the mighty works of God moving in her life, Naomi does her chores, goes to school, and returns back at
home with great joy. We are very proud that Naomi has done so well in school and has graduated high school this year. She hopes to attend vocational college along with her brother.
Chris is the 3rd child of five siblings. He lives with his mom and Grandmother. Togther they take care of livestock on the hill side. Since the income for shepards is extremely low, about $25 USD per month (per family), Chris' mother and grandmother can barely afford to feed their family let alone send Chris and his siblings to school. When Swim For Africa first started, Chris was 6 years old and
suffered from fainting spells due to malnutrition and dehydration. We sponsored his education at the YWAM preschool where he was guaranteed one meal per day, and Gentrix could check on him to ensure he was getting food and water. Now, Chris is 13 years old and has become a role model for his entire community. Chris walks an average of 4 miles every day to attend school and return home. He speaks English as well as his native tongue and receives good grades. Upon returning home Chris helps his grandmother with the livestock. Although Chris and his family still struggle to make ends meet, he and his family members live in a one room domicile made of tin with one shared mattress and 2 empty water jugs for chairs, Chris is giving them much hope. With his education he would qualify for a better job in the future and be able to help provide for his family.
When Swim for Africa began in 2010, the Munguti family could not afford to send their remaining 3 kids to school. Having been a beneficiary of the Swim for Africa Educational fund, we are so proud of Samuel as he is now in University and a role model for other kids in the village. We are so blessed by Samuel's story and his determination to succeed in education so that he can provide his family with a brighter future.
Paul is the oldest of 3 siblings and is cared for by his Sho Sho (grandmother). When Swim for Africa first started, Gentrix emailed us to let us know that Paul's mother was a single mother who had to drop out of primary school due to lack of money. Paul's grandmother could not afford to take her daughter to school as she was selling water and it did not provide
"Blessed are the hands that bless the poor and the needy, may the Lord bless you so much for the way He has used you to be a blessing to the nations. May He meet your hearts desires."
- Gentrix Baraza
In an email to Swim For Africa, 2012
enough income for them. Due to poverty and lack of hope, many women in their community are forced to enter into prostitution, and early pregnancy. When Paul's mother and grandmother heard that Paul would be sponsored by Swim for Africa, both women were overjoyed as the funds were a saving grace in many aspects of their familys life.
Since the birth of Swim for Africa, Paul's mother has unfortunately passed away and his two younger siblings are at an orphanage. Paul lives with his grandmother who unfortunately contracted asbestos poisoning from breaking rock to sell for food. Although his grandmother is doing better, no one knows what the permanent effects will be and now, Paul returns from school to break rock to provide food for the two of them.
Paul is 12 years old and is very outgoing and smart. He has recently become a part of his student body government. Our partner, Gentrix, tells us he likes to walk her to church on Sundays so that he can see how she is doing. He has a very loving and nurturing spirit and has recently planted three avocado trees that he is very proud of.
Paul will continue to remain in the Swim for Africa program for his schooling. This year we are hoping to raise funds for a different occupation for grandma so that Paul is not putting himself in danger with the asbestos rock. The capitol we need would be about $200 USD. If you would like to give specifically to this cause please contact us via email at email@example.com.
Enoch has other 7 siblings including his sister Naomi. His father passed away in 2008 from HIV. Due to poverty Enoch dropped out of school for 2 years and was employed as a herdsman. His hope was to raise enough money to return back to school, but his employer did not pay him. By faith Enoch
returned to school after negotiating with his teachers about how to pay. His determination to have an education really touched Gentrix' heart as he never looked at his age or his past to determine what he could accomplish. We are proud to have been supporting Enoch since 2010 as he just finished high school and is hoping to attend college.
Much like Enoch and Naomi, David also comes from a family with 7 siblings. His mother is widowed as well. David lacked money for the miscellaneous requirements at school. He was unable to attend consistently. He was able to graduate grade 8 after he turned 17. In Kenya, after completing grade eight, there is a national examination to determine
whether a pupil qualifies to join national, provincial, district or private high schools depending on their marks scored. We are very pleased to announce that David earned himself a score high enough to qualify him for the provincial high school in his town (which was about 40kms away from his home), and this year, David successfuly graduated high school. He now hopes to further his education in vocational college.
We cannot express our gratitude for the donations received throughout these past 10 years. Due to the generosity of our sponsors, these kids are excelling beyond our wildest dreams. Thank YOU for your active participation in bringing about change in these kids' lives.
There are many children in need of a sponsor and we ask that YOU would dare to dream big by starting small. Be an active participant in changing the face of the world and breaking the cycle of poverty.
Pictured ( top 2): Samuel Munguti and his family with Gentrix and Michelle
Pictured: Mumo with his mother and some of his younger siblings
is not a gesture of charity. It is the protection of a fundamental human right, the right to dignity and a decent life."
— Nelson Mandela,
Former President of South Africa