Cynthia is Eight years old. She was born on the 11th of January 2014. Cynthia is in St. Philips learning center in grade three. When she gets sponsored in our program she will join Jagiet Primary because it’s one of our focus schools. She is a bright student who loves being in school but has not been able to be in school consistently due to financial constraints. She and her family live in Waithaka, Dagoretti. She lives with her Mother and Elder brother who is in grade seven.
The family lives in a single-room house, made from iron sheets and timber. The one-room serves as a living room, bedroom, and kitchen. The house is furnished with one Plastic chair, a table, a few kitchen items, and a mattress which the three of them share for the night. The house is connected with electricity, and Cynthia and her brother are able to study in the evenings. They use a Jiko or a kerosene stove to make meals. They get water from the city council on Mondays to Wednesdays.
The houses are squeezed, and cold hence not conducive for child health and upbringing. However, they have no choice but to cope with the situation, hoping that things will get better with time. The mother being the sole breadwinner of the family does not have a permanent job, She does laundry for middle-class earners in the community to make a living. The income is barely enough to meet all basic needs, hence they have to forego basic needs like food to make ends meet. The only hope remaining for the mother is the success of the children.
Cynthia’s best subjects are English and CRE. Cynthia loves reading and playing the piano while in school. She would love to be a scientist, she wants to invent medicine for incurable diseases. Cynthia loves and enjoys reading during her free time.