Term 3, 2021
We give glory to God for helping us complete another school term. Here are some of the successes and highlights we want to share with you. We are so grateful for your support and partnership as we continue working together to transform lives through the hope of Christ. God bless you.
Total Enrolled: 800 students
Total Unsponsored: 368 students
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Hope Transforms: A Success Story
*Julius is a grade eight student who joined the Madoya center as a kindergarten student. The third born in a family of six children has battled with health challenges since he was a grade three student. Before this, he had been a model student but when he started experiencing recurrent convulsions, it affected his academic life and forced him to occasionally miss school.
The proper diagnosis was made when Julius was in grade four after doctors said he has epilepsy and immediately put him under treatment. Despite their intervention, the situation did not change and along with convulsions, as many as five times a day, the boy started experiencing memory loss. At this point, he needed assistance in doing everything like eating, being bathed and being taken to the bathroom.
As time went by Julius started running away from home, collecting litter and roaming around the community. His family would go out and spend long hours in search of him to no avail and when he finally returned he could not recall where he had been. At one point, Julius went to the fourth floor of a building and attempted to jump. When asked what he was doing he claimed that if he fell he wouldn’t die and would instead just fall, get up and keep walking. This showed that the memory lapses were getting even more serious.
All these issues were having a major effect on Julius’ family and his mother in particular was in denial. We offered support to them and prayed with them constantly. Help finally arrived in the form of our headteacher when she joined the school. With her specialized training in children with special needs, she immediately referred the family to the Kenya Institute of Special Education for a proper assessment. Because she was able to understand what Julius needed, she played a great supplementary role in his treatment process.
After the specialized assessment, Julius’ parents were advised to keep him in a normal school since he did not need to be in a special needs one and continue with the medical treatment. They, however, recommended he pursue vocational training after his grade eight studies. His parents were also taken through a guidance and counseling process where they were taught how to cope with stigma, the do’s and don’ts for a child with this condition and how to live with a child in this condition.
As time has gone on and with Julius faithfully going through his treatment, we have seen a reduction in the convulsions until now when he no longer experiences them. He also no longer has memory lapses and his health has also greatly improved. The family is also doing better and as we have continued to counsel and walk with them, they have accepted their son’s condition and are able to accommodate him. Julius is now a confident young man who has made so many friends and enjoys a normal life just like his peers. He is looking forward to joining vocational training and is very positive about that.
We thank you who partner with MOHI for it is your continued support that makes it possible for us to reach out to young people like Julius and offer them quality education and hope for a better tomorrow.
- All our grade eight students have been duly registered with the national examination body and will, by God’s grace, be sitting for their primary school exit exam in March 2022.
- We are glad that the newly recruited kindergarten students have settled into the school environment well.
- We are very proud of the mentorship program because we can see that most of our learners are transforming holistically.
- Our staff attended a medical camp offered by a team of doctors from the US, in conjunction with pastors from Christ’s Church of the Valley – Arizona. The week-long camp was held at MOHI’s Pangani center.
- One of our grade four students is being raised by an alcoholic single mother who is completely negligent of her parental responsibilities. Help us pray for the young boy even as we make every effort to remedy this situation.
- We thank God for all our partners. Please join us as we pray that the Lord will keep each one of you in good health.
- Pray for the families we serve that they will be economically empowered and will live in peace and harmony in their homes and with their neighbors.
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