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My Journey-By Sellah Wafula (STAR Student)

Sellah Wafula at Jomo Kenyatta University

Sellah Wafula at Jomo Kenyatta University

Greetings! I am grateful to reach you again.  It’s all by the grace of the Lord that I am doing well and continuing with my studies. I continue to thank God for leading me to Esther’s Hope Ministries and for the scholarship support I got when I was at Kolanya Girls’ High School from the year 2015 until I completed my high school in the year 2017.  I passed my final high school examinations with excellent grades which was evidence of God’s favor on my life.  May God bless you and Esther’s Hope Ministries for helping me.

After high school I received admission to Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology at Juja Main campus.  I am pursuing a Bachelor of Science: Health Records and Information Management degree. I am so happy because I am managing the academic challenges well.  I usually apply for a Higher Education Loans Board (HELB) loan which helps in paying my school fees. I continue to struggle with additional challenges, including clothing, accommodation, food and other basic needs.

Currently my brother is supposed to join campus at Kirinyaga University to pursue a Bachelor of Technology in Electronics and Computer Engineering Degree. One of my sisters is at Luuya Girls High School in Form One. All this was achieved because of the great support you gave me.  Your generosity made it possible for them to continue with their studies too.  I am very grateful for what you did for me and hope you will continue supporting me through my university studies. May God bless you and Esther’s Hope Ministries abundantly! 

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Sarah in Class

Sarah with First Year Classmates!

Sarah with First Year Classmates!

“Not all of us can do great things.

But we can do small things with

great love!”
— Mother Teresa
Future graduates and leaders…

Future graduates and leaders…

For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.
— 2 Corinthians 5: 14-15

A Mile in Her Shoes

A Mile in Her Shoes

We are still visiting the girls at Kolanya Girl’s Secondary School and are about halfway through our first day.  Mr. Dismas Kiboi the Esther’s Hope Ministries Program coordinator at the school pops in briefly to let me know that there is a parent who has traveled a long distance to see me.  He adds, “She’s been calling me repeatedly over the last year reminding me to let her know when you are back in the country.  She wants to say, “Thank You, and she’s here with her daughter.”

In Desperate Search of Water

In Desperate Search of Water

It’s an extremely hot and dusty afternoon.  The 88°F sun is holding its own against a faint breeze that seems on the verge of giving up.  Bright green, pink and red buckets are piled on fine sand at various points around the school, like progressive abstract art in mid-construction.  Several male workers stand attentively around a tap waiting for the first trickle of water, so they can scoop all the precious liquid into the hundreds of buckets that are ready and waiting.

Paying it Forward

Paying it Forward

Many years ago, an American missionary gave my mother (a Kenyan) the gift of a lifetime; he gave her the incredible chance to go to school and receive an education.  She grabbed the opportunity with both hands and excelled as a student, as a mother, as a mentor to many women in Kenya and around the world, and as a professional in the workplace.  

Hadid-Hanging in the Balance

Hadid-Hanging in the Balance

Hadid’s destiny is in your hands.  From the moment she walked in, I knew she was different.  This was no run-of-the-mill rural girl, if there’s even such a thing.  Hadid is fair-skinned, with an angular face that showcases her sharply-defined cheekbones.  Her eyes are dark and alert.  She seats her tall, regal, 14-year-old frame in the chair in front of me and introduces herself with confidence.