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Adrian Griffins Ogira

8th Grade Graduates of 2022 April (Rodi)

Adrian (14) told us, “When my parents died, they left behind three children: my sister Gloria, my brother Basil and I.”  His Aunt Faith took them in and tries her best to take care of them but their life is difficult as she has no job nor any garden plot. They live in one of … Continued

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Ashler Awino

8th Grade Graduates of 2022 April (Rodi)

Ashler’s parents died about 12 years ago in a traffic accident. She told us, “My parents suffered a lot and struggled just to have food for the family.  They meant everything to me and when they died, I realized that I was going to be an orphan and I felt very lonely. Ashler, her little sister, … Continued

Ashley Col Otieno

8th Grade Graduates of 2022 April (Rodi)

Ashley (14) told us her story: “I came to Achungo 10 years ago, having heard about it one evening when I was walking down the road to the village center to beg for food. I met Michael Nyangi Ojala, Achungo Director, who brought me to the school and enrolled me. I was 4 years old … Continued

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Beryl Joy Namwiru

8th Grade Graduates of 2022 April (Rodi)

Beryl’s parents died when she was about 3, c. 2011. They were extremely poor but had some income from her mother selling raw sugar and her father as a motorcycle taxi driver (“boda boda”). After their death, a friend of her mother took her in. Beryl told us, “My guardian works as a maid.  We only … Continued

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Brightone Reeves Odhiambo

8th Grade Graduates of 2022 April (Rodi)

I thank the Almighty God for having me at Achungo.  I came 8 years ago [when he was 7]. From the first I felt much happier because life at home had been very difficult. I had been living with my uncle and he would come home drunk and start all his dramas.  My brother, John, and sister, … Continued

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Britney Joy Okoth

8th Grade Graduates of 2022 April (Rodi)

Britney (15) first came to Achungo 11 years ago into the preschool. When she was very young her father had died in a road accident and her mother soon after. Hearing of her situation, Director Nyangi brought her to Achungo. But after a few years, because she was taken in by a serious of families, … Continued

Cedrick Omondi

8th Grade Graduates of 2022 April (Rodi)

Cedrick’s parents died in a road accident when he was two and thereafter he has lived with his aunt. He told us, “The pain when I think of my parents is very hurtful. My aunt has a small garden with maize and beans for food for the family but the soil is poor and it … Continued

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Collince Ochieng

8th Grade Graduates of 2022 April (Rodi)

Collince’s parents died in a road accident when he was quite small and his uncle, John Otula, took in Collince and his brother (Denis) and Sister (Sarah). They are quite poor and sometimes go without food. One day Collince was walking on the road, looking for some help or for a job to help the … Continued

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Eddy Bordon Ochieng

8th Grade Graduates of 2022 April (Rodi)

“Before Achungo I lived in a small slum.  Life there was not a walk in the park because it was very difficult to earn a living. My father burned found wood to make charcoal to sell for food for our family and provide for our education. My mother tended our maize but the harvest was … Continued

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Emaqulate Odhiambo Aoko

8th Grade Graduates of 2022 April (Rodi)

Emaqulate’s parents died several years ago in a road accident. While they were alive, they would try to find work in order to pay for food and clothes, but a day’s wages were 100 Shillings (about 90 cents, U.S.). She says her 4 brothers ran away after her parents’ death, leaving Emaqulate alone. She was … Continued

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Everlyne Akinyi Odhiambo

8th Grade Graduates of 2022 April (Rodi)

Everlyn (14) writes, “I came to Achungo 8 years ago and immediately felt very happy because it was my first time attending such a good school.  I was particularly attracted to the way they respect their teachers. Before Achungo I was at Ndiru Primary school.  I would often go behind the bathrooms to cry because I had … Continued

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Ian Duncan Okiro

8th Grade Graduates of 2022 April (Rodi)

Ian’s story:  “My father died in a road accident while riding a motorcycle taxi and my mother died while giving birth to me. I don’t have any brothers or sisters and was taken in by a friend’s father, Mr. Otieno. He was 35 and had a garden where he would grow vegetables to sell. I … Continued

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James Omondi

8th Grade Graduates of 2022 April (Rodi)

James’ story (he’s 15): “My parents and my brother died in a car accident when I was very little and my aunt, Patricia, took me in. She works as a watchman in Kochia. After my parents died, other people stole our subsistence garden that was our source of food. When I was about 5, a … Continued

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Jealan Achieng Onyango

8th Grade Graduates of 2022 April (Rodi)

After Jealan’s parents died, she lived near Ongine with her grandmother before she also passed.  Jealan (14) told us, “She had a small garden but most of her plants died due to poor soil.  She would sometimes work as a housekeeper to earn some money. Life was not easy and we could go without food … Continued

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Kerry Oyugi Ajuoga

8th Grade Graduates of 2022 April (Rodi)

Kerry (16) lives with Lindah, his 26-year-old guardian, and his 2 sisters. He was often out of school, getting up at 6 a.m. with Lindah to find farm work so they had money for food and school fees. They also have a small garden. Lindah found church pastors to sponsor school fees for Kerry’s sisters … Continued

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Manuel Owuor Ochola

8th Grade Graduates of 2022 April (Rodi)

Manuel (14) was brought to Achungo 5 years ago by his grandmother (90) who survives by growing kale to sell. His parents were killed in a road accident. Manuel told us, “Things have been hard since they died, but I started liking Achungo from when I first entered the school gate. It is the best … Continued

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Ogollah Maxwell

8th Grade Graduates of 2022 April (Rodi)

Ogollah Maxwell (16) has no siblings and never knew his parents. They abandoned him after they divorced. Director Michael found out about him and brought him to Achungo into the preschool. For a while he lived with some relatives but when they learned he was getting help from Achungo, they kicked him out (he later … Continued

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Owuor Humphrey Kute

8th Grade Graduates of 2022 April (Rodi)

Humphrey (14) was brought to Achungo by his aunt and uncle 10 years ago because they could not afford to pay the fees for public school. They are elderly and have no income but survive from the small garden given them temporarily by family. Humphrey’s father abandoned the family and then his mother left his … Continued

Rooney Remy

8th Grade Graduates of 2022 April (Rodi)

My dad learned about Achungo when I was 8 years old [7 years ago] but before I was enrolled, he died in a road accident and my mother died soon after. Now I live in a village called Kanyada with my uncle who has a small piece of land that cannot contain crops [is too … Continued

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Roveline Achieng

8th Grade Graduates of 2022 April (Rodi)

Roveline (13) doesn’t remember her parents as she was about a year old when they died. She lived near Director Michael with her grandmother and learning that there was no money for her schooling, he brought her to Achungo at 3 years old. Her grandmother died soon after from cancer and Achungo Director Michael took … Continued

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Stacy Akinyi Omondi

8th Grade Graduates of 2022 April (Rodi)

Since the death of her parents when she was a year old, Stacy (15) has lived with her uncle (80). He washes cars for a living [that is, he sets up roadside near a creek or other water source and offers to handwash vehicles]. He has no subsistence garden because he sold it to pay … Continued

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Tillen Otieno Ouma

8th Grade Graduates of 2022 April (Rodi)

Tillen’s grandmother heard about Achungo from their Pastor and enrolled him 12 years ago into the preschool class. She is 68 and survives by working her garden but her brother is trying to take it from her. Tillen (14) told us, “My father died when I was small. I never knew my mother but my … Continued

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Xavier Odhiambo Otieno

8th Grade Graduates of 2022 April (Rodi)

Xavier’s parents died several years ago and with his 3 siblings (brother, Elphas, and sisters, Joy and Rachel), Xavier was taken in by their current guardian (likely a relative or family friend). Their guardian had no work and so they didn’t have money for proper clothing. When Xavier would go to the public school, the … Continued