I am Emily Wanjiku. I live in Dagoretti in a small village called “Ngando.” I was brought up in a family of two. My parents died when I was two years of age. They left me and my elder sister whose name is Ann Njoki. Thanks to my grandmother who toils mightily in order to provide for our basic needs.
Our house is a semi-permanent house. It is made up of wood. It belongs to my grandmother. After my parents passed away we had to move on to our grandmother’s house. It is in this house that more than 8 people live. When I started schooling I had to walk to and from school. We were very tempted to steal other people’s food because we did not have breakfast or even tea. At times we could only get one meal which was supper.
After living in this kind of life for several years my aunt’s friend came to our home and told us that he heard about a guy who was starting a project. One day, the guy came to our home with his wife. They introduced themselves as Peter and Irene Ndungu and told us about their idea to sponsor kids like me for school fees. They told us that they had met a sponsor who would actually help them to start their project. After a couple of months the project started with two kids. We used to go to a woman’s house called Mama Susan where we could eat lunch every Saturday. Later, they started bring lunch to our school for us to eat.
The project continued with more than 35 people. Then I got transferred to another school when I got to class five which is called City Prime Academy where they paid my school fees, my medical costs, gifts for my birthday and I even go shopping when my sponsor comes. Thanks to God
I got sponsored by the president of the project. After moving from City Prime I went to another school called Nelson Mandela Academy where I finished class eight and achieved 250 marks on my K.C.P.E
Thanks to Paula for paying my school fees and taking me to a good high school which is called Stepjoy High School. I am glad I have discovered my potential at Stepjoy High School and know that with God’s grace granting me with wisdom that I will surely make it and what I want to be in future and raise my family from that horrible place.