“Sometimes my elder sisters were forced to do casual (manual) labor to pay school fees for us,” explains Stephen. Stephen, now an army officer and a newlywed, recently sat down with Nicholas, one of our Tumaini staff members, to share about his family. With careful thoughts, he looks back ten years and shares how God used Tumaini to bring hope to him and his seven siblings.
I remember visiting Stephen’s home with a vision team from Pathway Christian Church in the summer of 2007. We had learned of the challenges that the orphans were going through after losing their mother and father within two years. Stephen was in grade six at the time, and their grandmother could not afford to take care of them.
Stephen remembers how they were struggling for basic supplies those days: “On a good day we could just get one meal which was not even enough for all of us.” Then hope happened! At first, five of them were sponsored and later their two elder sisters. With great appreciation, he says, “Tumaini came into our lives when there was no hope and it was through Tumaini that our hope was restored.”
Now a happily married man, Stephen is giving back to his community. He and his wife Florence are actively involved in raising funds to help any needy kids in his community and give them hope, just as it was done for him ten years ago!
Stephen’s story would not have been possible without our partners in child sponsorship. Thank you to the many individuals and groups for your selfless efforts in bringing hope to Stephen and thousands of other orphans and vulnerable children.