“Gift” lives with her jjajja (grandmother) Joyce along with two of jjajja’s grandsons (3 and 4 year olds) as well as a young woman whose name is Vivian and her three month old baby Beline. Gift passed her primary exams with high grades which means she can graduate into secondary education and be a candidate for one of the best schools. Gift wishes to become a doctor and she excels in science and math. Like all our children, she enjoyed her zoo experience and her smile was huge talking about swimming in a pool, seeing zebras, giraffes and monkeys. Gift has a beautiful future for herself, but so does her jjajja and Vivian. Joyce is our first vocational training graduate in culinary. She currently earns money by sewing traditional tunics for men and she has someone who is making her a brick oven so she can start cooking bread to sell in different shops. She says she “missed out on life as a youth”, and now she is asking God for health and a longer life so she can use her new skills and continue to help her family. One of our graduates in tailoring is currently training Vivian to sew so she will have an opportunity to feed and raise her child, Beline. It will be exciting to return in two years to see the progress of jjajja Joyce, Gift and Vivian.
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