She is a responsible and hardworking girl. Her name is Mercy and she is blessed with a beautiful baby boy who was the reason for our meeting for the first time. She had brought the baby for a routine check-up in the local dispensary which is close to one of our Seed of Hope centres. It was during one of my visits to that centre that she came to greet her teachers and that’s how we got a chance to talk.
Mercy dropped out of secondary school due to lack of school fees. Her mother, who is the sole breadwinner in their family, could not afford to pay for her school fees and those of her 4 siblings hence Mercy had no choice but to go out and seek casual employment so that she could support her family. It was during this tough time that she came to learn about Seed of Hope programme from a friend whose sister was a graduate of the Seed of Hope programme. She decided to enroll for the Hair and Beauty Therapy course to acquire skills that would enable her to get employment.
She says that sometimes she would come to school on an empty stomach and would pray for the morning lessons to end quickly so that she could enjoy the lunch provided at Seed of Hope. Despite all odds, Mercy was determined to learn hence she graduated in 2013 with a certificate in Hair and Beauty Therapy, Business Skills and Life Skills. After graduation, she moved from her village to a nearby town in search of employment. Luckily, she got employed in a hair salon where she works to date since her employer has trusted her to manage the business.
Mercy says that were it not for the skills she acquired from Seed of Hope, she would not have been able to support her mother in paying school fees for her siblings, pay for her medication and more importantly become independent. She is now saving up so as to establish her own salon business and employ more girls from Seed of Hope.
POST BY SHERRY WAWERU, IMPACT ASSESSMENT OFFICER
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