Lydia’s father is a casual laborer and her mother cooks chips (french fries) to sell along the road. Since the family house was so small, Lydia went to live with a lady close by her school. While Lydia was living there, the lady’s son came home from break and raped Lydia, leading to her pregnancy. Lydia heard about Neema Project from a village elder and was accepted into the program in January 2015. She is a sweet spirited, smart girl who is very eager to learn. In spite of the terrible things that has happened to her, she has hope for her future and loves her daughter.
Silvia's family is suffering from extreme material poverty and can not afford school fees. She learned about Neema from a second year student. Silvia and her daughter Mercy (born Aug 2013) were accepted into the Neema program in Jan 2015. Please pray with us that Silvia would become disciplined in her skill and her time at Neema would instill in her a hope for the future.
Janet is an orphan, losing her father in 1996 and her mother in 2012, when Janet was in 6th grade. There are 3 children in the family. Her older brother left home in December 2014 and no one has heard from him since that time. She now lives with her grandfather. She begged him to let her continue traditional school but, when he would not allow it, she asked if she could find a trade school so that she can find work one day. Janet was accepted into Neema and began her dressmaking class in January 2015. She is doing well.
Annett’s father is a casual worker and her mother died in 2011. There are four children in her family. Annet’s father has a history of abuse and when her mother died he began telling Annet that he was not her father. He remarried in 2013 and sent Annet to live with her aunt. Annet’s aunt brought her to Neema Project and she was accepted into the program in January 2015. She is currently in the tailoring program and is doing very well.
Coming from a very difficult family environment, Scholastica has been involved in prostitution. She became pregnant due to her lifestyle and gave birth to her daughter, Angel, in February 2014. She had a previous child when she was 15, who was adopted by her aunt. She heard about Neema from two of our second year students. Scholastica was accepted into the Neema program in January 2015.
Magdalene’s Father is a mechanic in town and her mother sells vegetables from other peoples’ farms at a kiosk by the road. There are 7 children in the family ranging from ages 8-21, Magdalene being the 1st born. Magdalene is the only child the parents no longer send to school. Magdalene has a son, Simon, who was born June 21, 2013. Simon’s father ran away when Magdalene was pregnant. Magdalene says she feels a lot of peace when she is at the school and she is excited for all that Neema Project has to offer her.
Celestine’s father died in 1998 and her mother (age 64) is unable to work. There are 11 children in the family and one of the older sisters works in Nairobi and sends money to help support the family. While living with one of her sisters, she had a brief relationship with a boy and became pregnant. Celestine moved back home and delivered her daughter, Angel, October 2013. She heard about the Neema Project from one of our students and was welcomed into the dressmaking program in January 2015. She walks 2 hours to and from Neema each day, and hopes that this opportunity brings good change for her life.
Ruth’s father and mother are peasant farmers and casual workers. She comes from a family of six children, ranging in age from 1 to 17, Ruth being the first born. Ruth has been at home, working with her parents, until she learned about the Neema Project through a village elder. She is a very bright girl, but her parents cannot afford to send her to school. She was accepted into the Neema program in January 2015. She is doing very well and enjoying the dressmaking class.
Irene comes from a very desperate background. She has been raised by a single mother who is mentally challenged. Irene was defiled by a person well known to her and became pregnant but the baby died a week after she delivered. Irene moved into the Neema Project residential program in January 2015 and our hope is that she will greatly benefit from the emotional and spiritual care that our program offers, as well as learn a skill to help for be able to care for herself and her family.
After completing the home visit our in-country director reports that the family is suffering from extreme material poverty. Martha has a strong relationship with her mother and the home life is stable relationally. Martha learned about Neema Project from one of our graduates and was accepted into the program, studying dressmaking, in January 2015.
Damaris is an orphan, having lost both her mother and her father. There are 4 children in the family and she is the youngest. She completed 8th grade in 2013 but could not continue onto high school due to lack of school fees. Damaris has no family she can live with and is currently staying with a friend of her sister. She was accepted into Neema in January 2015 and is studying dressmaking.
Loice comes from a very challenging family situation. Her father has more than one wife and has left Loice’s family. Her mother is mentally ill. Loice is in a desperate situation as she is responsible for caring for her mother. Loice joined our community in January 2015 after hearing a friend tell her about how her life is changed because of Neema.
Susan’s father has two wives and does not support her or her mother. Her mother works in a small grocery store. There are 5 children in the family, ranging in age from 1 to 17, and Susan is the 1st born. Susan has a daughter, Merriam, born July 19, 2013. The father of Merriam refuses to accept the child as his own and does not support her in any way. Susan heard about the Neema Project from a mother of a current Neema girl. She is struggling with poor health due to lack of proper nutrition but is improving since coming to Neema January 2015 and is enjoying learning in the dressmaking program.
Elly has been living and working in Nairobi as house help (leaving the child with her mother) for the past year so that she could send money home to the family. Elly learned about the Neema Project through a pastor from her hometown. She left her job in Nairobi and joined the Neema community in January 2015 in hopes that she will gain a skill and be able to move home and help provide for her child.
Damaris was hopelessly out walking last year thinking about running away or taking her own life when a local man picked her up from the road. This man (Robert) and his wife are great supporters of the Neema Project and introduced Damaris to our In-country director, Anne. Damaris moved into the Neema residential program in January 2015 and is studying dressmaking and doing very well. Robert and his family are planning on helping Damaris when she graduates by providing her with a sewing machine.
Sarah traveled to her uncle's home to ask if he would pay her school fees and while there she met a man who impregnated her. She later found out he was married and moved back home. Sarah had her son, Brandon, on September 29, 2014. She was living with her sister when she found out about the Neema Project. Sarah was accepted into the Neema program, January 2015, and is doing very well in dressmaking.