Carlos is 15 years old. He is in Form 2 at Otero High School. He is the oldest of seven siblings orphaned by HIV/AIDS. They live with their aging grandmother, who is going blind. Carlos represents the best hope of this vulnerable family, that he will be able to get a job and support them once he finishes school.
Elizabeth comes from a family of eight. Her parents are subsistence farmers and produce barely enough to feed the family. Elizabeth was at risk of dropping out for lack of money. Then she was enrolled in the Kenyan Schoolhouse program for high school. She has just gotten her degree from Kenyatta University and is looking forward to being a teacher.
Jesse and his three siblings are being raised by their mother after the father deserted the family. He is in Form 1 at Kakamega High School, and he’s working very hard in school, so as to be able to get a good job and lift the burden of caring for the family alone from his mother. He wants to be a pilot when he grows up.
Mary was rescued from child labor. She had been trafficked to Nairobi to work as household help. ANPPCAN enrolled her in the Kenyan Schoolhouse program, which paid for her secondary education. She finished her KCSE exams last year with a B average (but she got an A in math). Mary has been admitted to Kenya Accountancy University to study finance.
Reuben’s mother is a single mom. They did not have money for his school fees, so Reuben dropped out of school to take menial jobs and help his mother support his siblings. He came to the attention of ANPPCAN, and they enrolled him in the Kenyan Schoolhouse program. Reuben is currently in Form 3 and wants to be a teacher when he grows up.
Trinah, who is Maasai, was rescued from female genital mutilation and child marriage by ANPPCAN. She was placed in a children’s home, and is now living with an aunt. Kenyan Schoolhouse is paying for her education. Trinah is in Form 4 at Ilbisil High School.