MY DREAM COME TRUE When the Ahadi boys began growing up, and my husband and I began growing older, I began thinking how wonderful it would be if the Ahadi alumni,
when they were sufficiently settled into adulthood, would be some of the ones who actually were running Ahadi. At our January board meeting, we decided to add a member to our new trust that is presently “in the making,” and the one whom we chose has been serving on our Board of Directors for a couple of years as an Alumni Representative. Vincent Ouma, gladly accepted. (See his bio in the Case in Point below.) Also, Rama Kitsao, another alumnus and our first university graduate back in 2006, agreed to take my place on the Board of Directors, as I move on to the Trustee position, since I will no longer be around to attend board meetings.
WHOOPEE. ALL 3 BOYS ACCEPTED IN HIGH SCHOOLS Yes, and all the money came in to pay for uniforms, textbooks, school fees, shopping, transport, etc. (approximately 50,000 Kes. –$500 each). Praise the Lord, and a big THANK YOU to each one who donated to make this possible. Pray for them as they adjust to the high school environment after 8 years (or more) in Primary School.
BIBLES FOR ALL THE PRIMARY SCHOOL CHILDREN I have purchased the 20 Good News Bibles and 20 hymnals required for our boys in primary school, and they will bring them home so they can use them for devotions as well. A donation for Bibles was sent I think the same day as I made the request.
DRAWINGS FOR THE NEW 4-BEDROOM ADDITION ARE READY TO GO TO THE STRUCTURAL ENGINEER A big thank you to our board member, John Nderitu, whose architectural firm did the architectural drawings for the 2 bedrooms for additional staff and 2 for Ahadi boarding-school boys who come to Ahadi during school breaks (most high schools are boarding in Kenya). I would love to see the construction begin before we leave in mid-May but will still need to get approvals from the county offices after the structural drawings are completed. We have about half of the estimated cost raised for this construction but will still need about 2 million Kes. more ($20,000), and we would be happy to receive contributions toward this (not forgetting our ongoing operational expenses for food, education, salaries, utilities, etc.). The design is similar to the existing building and will be stone walls (what most permanent houses are made of in Kenya) with metal roofing.If you would like to see the drawings, let me know, and I will send them to you.
CASE IN POINT
Vincent was born to teenage parents, so was raised by his mother’s mother until the age of ten, due to his parents’ immaturity. They, by the way, grew up and married other people. According to his culture, however, the father was to take responsibility for him at the age of ten, so Vincent left his loving grandmother to live with his father and his step-mother and their children. As you can imagine, he was not a welcome member of that family, and the step-mother lost no time in making sure he knew it. He rose early to go to the nearby primary school (5 Kms. away) without having any breakfast.On the way to school, he picked sugar cane that was growing along the road, and for lunch did the same. Upon reaching home, he was to gather firewood or tend to his father’s cow and cook dinner for the family while hearing abusive words and being the recipient of beatings from the step-mom. An auntie who lived in the largest slum in Africa, came to visit one day and observed the treatment Vincent (now a teen) was receiving, and decided to take him home with her. There, she found a sponsor for him to study car mechanics, but he was too puny to lift the car parts. She learned of a man who helped educate street children, and he was taken to a low-cost school in Nairobi where he topped the class. About that time, we took him in and got him into a very good high school where he soon earned the position of Captain of the school and again was the top of the class, finishing with an A- on the national exam.
He decided to study medicine and was accepted at Moi University to do so, sponsored through Ahadi by a retired American nurse and her husband, who had lived in Kenya for a few years and met him; but at the end of his second year, during exam period, his grandmother became ill and died, and he was unable to concentrate enough to study well and failed the exams. He was discontinued, then, from med school and came to live with us and Ahadi some of the time, and worked at odd jobs such as a chicken farm and a charity at a clinic for women infected with AIDS, while he decided what to do next. Finally, he chose Environmental Health and was accepted again at Moi University, where he happily rejoined friends he had known from med school. When he graduated from Moi University, he and Susan, the girl he would later marry, scored the highest marks ever achieved in the 10-year history of the Environmental Health department.
He is now married to that lovely lady, and they have a 3-year old son (born on the day of Ahadi Family’s Open House in December 2012), whom they named Jayden Masso (after my husband because the naming tradition in his culture is to name the son after the dad’s dad, and Vincent looks to Jon as a father figure). Vincent and Susan both work for different non-governmental organizations. He is now a Program Officer for 11 counties in Kenya for Water Sanitation and Hygiene Program at AMREF Kenya. Praise the Lord for how far He has brought that unwanted little boy. And we are grateful that you and we could play a part in creating a loving, supportive family atmosphere eventually in his life, and sponsorship for his education. Thank you. He continues to be a model for the other Ahadi young men who are reaching maturity and he is the head of the Ahadi Family Kenya Alumni Association.