With over 100 children in the program spread out all around the Machakos area, it is difficult to stay current with the children and how they are doing.
Esther has an amazing capacity to follow up with all of the children and remain involved and in the know with each of their lives.
But for myself, so much of my time and conversations with O and E are focused on the next task, need, challenge, etc that I can feel somewhat disconnected from the children and their stories.
The honest question of “are we actually helping?” is a fairly constant one.
I was grateful on the last trip to have some time to talk with Esther and hear stories about a few specific children. I want to share some of those stories over the next few months, both the good and the bad.
We will start with Eunice.
Eunice Mumbua Daniel was in the first group of 6 children in the program at the time we started in 2008.
She was born August 8, 1998 in Mumbuni, 3 kilometers north of Machakos town.
Her father died when her mother was 5 months pregnant with Eunice. Her mother died immediately after giving birth.
After losing both parents, Eunice’s nearly 90 year old grandmother took her as an infant and began to care for her. The grandmother cared for her until she passed away in 2014. She was left with her 70 year old uncle.
Eunice joined the EAZM children’s program in 2008 at age 10. Provided with food, clothing and school fees, she was able to finish primary school.
Afterwards, Esther met with our friend Sha’ Givens and helped Eunice apply to Sha’s secondary school (high school) called I Can Fly Secondary School, just outside of Machakos.
She was accepted on a scholarship basis for her school fees and EAZM continued to provide basic necessities at home when she wasn’t at boarding school.
Even after her grandmother’s passing while in secondary school, Eunice persisted and became one of the top 5 five students in her senior class.
She passed her national exams with a B and is now a freshman at The University of Embu pursuing a Bachelors Degree in Economics and Commerce.
Back to the question “are we really helping?” So much of what we do is unto the Lord, trusting Him with the results. But even if it’s just one child, a story like Eunice’s makes it worthwhile and encourages us to keep going.