Thursday, June 27, 2013

11-Year Old Trinta Back in School

Nairobi, Kenya — Trinta is a joyful 11-year-old from the Mathare Valley slum in Kenya. She grew up never knowing her father because he died seven months after she was born. Trinta’s mother, Margaret, was young, inexperienced and unable to take care of her only child due to lack of education and financial support.

Soon after her husband’s death, Margaret came to Mathare Valley’s Outreach Community Church (OCC) and gave her life to Christ. During this time, the church was running a program of helping young mothers learn job skills training in tailoring. Margaret enrolled as a student in 2002 and also gave birth to Trinta. Margaret’s parents took care of Trinta to allow Margaret to attend classes at the tailoring college.

After graduating from the tailoring college, Margaret could not secure employment. Life after that was not easy for the young mother and her baby daughter. Eventually Margaret became employed at a cloth manufacturing company. Margaret was able to promptly pay school tuition and Trinta enrolled at the Danoko School in Mathare.

 

Last year, the company downsized and many employees were laid off, including Margaret. Without money for food and basic needs, life for Trinta and her mother became unbearable. Trinta was doing well in class and loved to go to school – and it broke Margaret’s heart when she needed to make the decision to pull Trinta out of class.

She approached the pastor at her local church with her situation. Upon hearing the difficult situations the family was going through, he decided to seek help through OCC. They asked that Trinta be supported under the Orphan Education Program.

Trinta is happy, hopeful, and excited about the gift to stay in school and has aspirations of becoming a lawyer when she graduates from college someday. Margaret has joined the mothers’ Bible study at her church to become closer in her relationship with Christ. She feels a renewed sense of Hope for her and Trinta. “I am simply grateful to the Lord for opening a way for my daughter to get education through Bright Hope,” she said.

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