partners with Shelter the Students to fund the construction of dormitories for homeless orphans
Rose Florence Muga was brought to Mordeliza Academy by her paternal grandmother at a time when Mordeliza Academy had only one temporary classroom that would adequately house 10 children, but there were 35 children of different grade levels learning in the room. We were forced to turn the grandmother down and told her to wait. The old lady stood up from her seat and talked with authority asking where we wanted her to take her grandchild. I looked into her eyes and I had no more words. I told the girl to come for school uniform and shoes that had been donated by a group of medical students from Lake Erie College of Oesteopathic medicine who visited our village. After two weeks, the grandmother passed away. Rose Florence moved in to live in a step uncle's home. She lived in the home for one year. The second year she disappeared. She had recalled that her father had some relative who lived about 70 miles away, and she walked as she asked until she found the distant relative. She was away for almost a whole year. Life was hard but she had no where else to go to. Meantime we were looking for her, knowing that life is never easy for these orphans. Finally we found her and brought her back to the neighborhood and found a different home for her. Mordeliza Academy currently supports a family of a distant relative who lives with her. We are praying and crossing our fingers that she will complete elementary school and join high school. We send Mordeliza students to boarding high schools so they only live with those who assist them in the village for three months in a year. We are hoping that when we have a dormitory, young people like Rose Florence will have a place they will call home until they become adults.
David lives with his grandmother just next to Mordeliza Academy. David's mother died where she was married not long after his father had passed away. His maternal grandmother took him in to take care of him from the time he was three years old when there was no other relative to take him. Recently the house they were living in fell down due to long heavy rains and they were sleeping in their neighbor's home until the church where the grandmother worships built them the house that you see in the picture. We have had situations where the grandmother dies and the double orphan remains without a home and so they have been forced to leave school and find people who can take them in. The two boys we have lost so far in that way were taken by people who needed herdsboys to take care of their animals. Two girls whom we have lost became baby sitters and never went to school again. We are hoping that David's story will be different. David is in fourth grade and he is doing very well.
Peter Otieno and Ann Awuor
Peter Otieno and Ann Awuor standing next to Mordeliza school building are siblings. Both of their parents died. Mordeliza Academy financially supports a family of a distant relative to their late mother who currently lives with them. They have a sister who is married, who after the death of their mother plucked them away from Mordeliza to her home where she is married, but being a minor herself who just got married out of desperation, she could not fend for her siblings. The two almost died just before a good samaritan saw them and brought word to Mordeliza Academy teachers to find a way of getting the children back. We sent for them and found a temporary home for them. Right now we cannot wait for the day we will be able to have a dorm for orphans like Ann and Peter. The two siblings are performing very well at school, and we are hopeful that by the grace of God they will reflect back on their life's journey and be of help to others in the future.
Monica' father died when she was still very young. She is second among three siblings. It is almost two years now since her mother died after giving birth to her youngest sister. The three siblings live in different homes. Fortunately, Monica's brother Edwin who was also a student at Mordeliza Academy joined high school last year. This year he is in tenth grade and is doing quite well. Monica is still in the village living with a distant relative and attending school. Life is not easy for Monica because living conditions are very poor. When the mother died, the two older children remained with a step uncle. After three months, the uncle started behaving like a mad man. He actual became mad and was apprehended and is now under the government custody. Nobody lives in his home. We keep her in our prayers that only God will protect her until she also joins high school, like her brother. She is currently in seventh grade and promising. With better living conditions and time to study, Monica would be a top student. Professor Estill has been paying someone to keep Edwin during school breaks and holidays except for Christmas when we let him spend the time with his sister in the village. Keep the two in your prayers.
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