Emmanuel was nine years old when his parents died from AIDS. The end of his parents’ lives meant the end of his education as well. Emmanuel and his siblings moved in with his aunt, who was unable to afford school fees. Emmanuel watched his older siblings come to terms with the reality of their future and lost hope in his own future without an education as well.
In late 2008, his aunt learned of the Ngong Road Children Association program for kids whose families were affected by HIV/AIDS. She applied for Emmanuel to be accepted, and he joined the program in early 2009 and was sponsored by the Halloran family. Emmanuel remembered the weeks of sitting at home and wishing to go to school before he was accepted to the program, and he pledged to himself that he would make the most of the opportunity. Last year Emmanuel was ranked first in his class of 48 high school juniors! He wrote this essay at Ngong Road Children Association’s August Camp last year about his memories before being in the program and how he now proudly shouts that, “He believes he can!”
See Emmanuel’s full I Believe I Can Essay.
Emmanuel has different goals and perspectives than most young people his age and he makes the most out of every opportunity. He understands that there is more to life than what meets the eye and wants a different future for himself. Keep up the good work, Emmanuel!