Born to a fifteen-year-old, Esnus was raised by her grandmother. At the age of eight, she was told that her mother died in a car accident. She was able to complete 8th grade in 1998, but could not continue for education due to financial disadvantage. After leaving school, Esnus had been working as a casual day labor. She went to live with an Aunt in another town for work and met a man who promised to marry her. Their relationship resulted in a pregnancy and her son, Raphael was born in 2013. Being left to raise him on her own, she returned to the grandmother’s house where she was referred to Neema.
Ruth’s parents are separated and she is the eldest of five children She was able to complete 10th grade but could not continue due to financial disadvantage. While living at her sister’s home and looking for work, Ruth had a relationship with a man that resulted in her pregnancy. The man left town, denying paternity of Ruth’s daughter, Esther. Ruth began studying Tailoring 1 in January 2016, and she and Esther are living in the Neema dormitories.
Faith lives with her aunt and the aunt’s 8 children. She was able to complete 8th grade in 2014 with high marks but could not continue school due to financial disadvantage. Faith is not in relationship with her mother and has never known her father. She began Neema in January 2016.
Lewin’s father died in 2003 and her mother left the family. She is the youngest of four children and now lives with her grandparents. She was able to complete 8th grade in 2013 but had very low marks and could not continue. Due to a childhood illness, Lewin is hearing impaired; although she was in a special program she could not continue in the traditional school setting. Lewin’s grandparents have been great advocates for her and have come to Neema several time in the past years asking if she could have a place at Neema. Lewin was offered a position in the Tailoring 1 class as of January 2016.
Benta was abandoned by her mother at birth and has lived her entire life with her Aunt. She completed 8th grade in 2013 but could not continue due to pregnancy. Prior to coming to Neema, Benta had been selling vegetables to help provide for her son, Ryan, born March 2014.
Phanice's father and mother are both casual farm laborers. There are 7 children in the family and Phanice is the 3rd born. She was able to complete 8th grade in 2013 but could not continue due to financial disadvantage. Since leaving school, she has been working with her parents. She learned about Neema from a neighbor and is thankful for the opportunity to join the program this year.
Josephine’s mother died in 2014 and her father later remarried. There are six children and Josephine is the eldest. She was able to complete 7th grade with high marks but could not continue school due to pregnancy. Josephine has a one year old daughter, Ruth. She is thankful for an opportunity to be at Neema to learn and grow.
Pamela’s father is a carpenter and her mother sells vegetables. There are eight children in the family and Pamela is the first born. She was able attend school until 8th grade in 2008, but could not continue because she developed an eye infection and had to drop out. The next year her family fell on very hard times and they could not afford the school fees to send her back. Pamela has been working as a casual laborer since leaving school. She looks forward to developing new skills and has hope for her future now that she is at Neema.
Beline is the second born in a family of five children. Her mother died in 2010 and her father has remarried. She was able to complete 8th grade in 2015 but was unable to continue due to financial disadvantage. Beline was referred to Neema by a local pastor who had concerns for her well-being. She is thankful for an opportunity to gain a skill and learn more about God at Neema.
Jacinta is the eldest of four children. After the death of their parents the children went to live with an aunt (who also has 4 young children). She was able to complete 8th grade in 2013 but could not continue due to financial disadvantage and low marks from absences while she helped at home with her aunt's children. She is looking forward to an opportunity to learn and grow in her skills.
Elizabeth’s mother died in 2004 and her father remarried. She is the eldest of five children. She was able to complete 8th grade in 2013 but could not continue due to pregnancy. Elizabeth has a one year old daughter named Florence. A lady from the community told her about Neema and after interviewing Elizabeth was offered a placement in the tailoring 1 class of 2016.
Lucy has always lived with her grandmother; never knowing her father and seldom sees her mother. She has only been able to complete 5th grade due to financial disadvantage, and had low marks because of missing school. Lucy was referred to Neema by a local children’s rescue center that knew of Lucy’s situation. She was at home without a way to continue her education or better her life.
After hearing about Neema from a neighbor, Florence joined Neema in January 2016 and is in the Tailoring 1 class. She completed the 8th Grade in 2013, but could not continue due to financial disadvantage. Her father is a casual laborer, and her mother sells vegetables. She is the first born of four sisters and had previously been at home, helping to care for her siblings.
Monicah is one of twelve children of very elderly parents; her father is sixty-seven year old, and her mother is sixty-five. She was able to complete 8th grade in 2014 but could not continue because of lack of school fees. Monicah had been at home helping her parents until a neighbor told her about Neema. Monicah is looking forward to gaining a skill that will help her find a good job.