Rhoda: He moved me into the light

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"Maybe I was a drunkard.  Maybe I was a prostitute.  He moved me into the light.  Pray with confidence.  The Lord Almighty God will not leave you the same."  

Rhoda came to Neema in January 2017, excited about the opportunity to change her life.  She came ready to face the rejection she has lived with and anxious to learn a skill that could lead to dignified work, making it possible to provide for herself and her daughter, Priscilla.

In 2005, Rhoda's mother died, leaving she and her 6 siblings in the care of her father.  Life became hard for Rhoda once she lost her mother.  Her father remarried, and made the hard choice to stop paying for her to attend school in order to send her brother to university instead.  

Rhoda began running around with bad company after she was forced to leave school, becoming vulnerable to abuse due to her lack of education and being orphaned by her mother.  Once she had her baby, her father sent her to live with an aunt.

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Rhoda is thriving at Neema!  She made a commitment to Christ and was baptized in July.  She is facing the rejection, shame, and pain of her past allowing her heart to become free.  She recently shared:

"Maybe I was a drunkard.  Maybe I was a prostitute.  He moved me into the light.  Pray with confidence.  The Lord Almighty God will not leave you the same."  

 

 

Rhoda has excelled in our Dressmaking Program and is preparing to sit for the Level 1 National Dressmaking Certification Exam in December and will continue in her second year of skills training in 2018.

It is our joy and delight to watch as Rhoda's story, and Priscilla's, is being rewritten day by day!  

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Esnus: A Girl with a Dream

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"Neema has taught me about God, and I learned to sew.  I love to sew!  Since I was a little child, I liked to watch fashion design.  I said that one day I would do fashion design."

Born to a 15 year old, Esnus was raised by her grandmother, as her mother felt unable to raise a child.  Esnus was told at the age of eight that her mother died in a car accident.  Unable to continue schooling beyond 8th grade Esnus became a casual day laborer as a way to earn money.  She went to live in a new town for work and met a man who promised to marry her.  In 2013, she became a mother to Raphael, and was left to raise her son on her own, which lead her back to her grandmother's home.  It was there that a village elder referred her to Neema.

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Esnus came to Neema with a dream of fashion design and being a dressmaking instructor one day.  At Neema, not only did she learn the skill of her dreams, Esnus found hope as she learned about the love and grace of God.  Through discipleship and counseling she developed a personal relationship with Christ.  Since beginning her journey at Neema in 2016, Esnus also successfully earned the Level 1 and 2 National Certification in Dressmaking.  

She is nearing the end of her second full year at Neema and is currently participating in a paid internship at a dressmaking shop, Gifted Designers, in Kitale town.  She is able to send her son to school and saving to purchase her own sewing machine.  She is looking forward to taking steps towards her dream as she spends her days making beautiful dresses. 

We are proud of the work Esnus is doing and look forward to watching her flourish and reach her full potential.   

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They all PASSED!

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The results are in..........

Esnus, Monica, Belyne, and Benta all PASSED their Level 2 National Dressmaking Certification Exam.  We could not be more proud of these four hardworking young women.  The photo above shows them wearing the dresses they were required to make in a timed exam back in August.

As an organization we celebrate their dedication to learning a skill.  We also celebrate that we continue to maintain a 100% success rate, as each of the young women who have taken the Level 2 exam have successfully passed.  We are incredibly thankful to Eunice and Joyce for their high standards of teaching in the classroom.

Savor your success ladies!  We are proud of you!