Pray for Me!
Caroline Akinyi, 17, is a class six student at Macalder Primary School in Migori County, Kenya.
“Please pray for my family and our situation,” she says, gesturing towards the one-roomed mud house she lives in with her parents and four siblings.
“The poverty is very bad. I walk without shoes. Sometimes my clothes get so torn I have to walk around with parts of my body exposed.”
Caroline’s parents are both unemployed, relying on their small kitchen garden to grow food for the entire family. They also work as casual laborers in gold mines, although they are not always assured of getting any money.
“We sometimes sleep hungry,” says Caroline.
Caroline is the second-born child in her family. Her elder sister, 21-year-old Jackline Wuodi, is due to sit for her final primary school exams in November. However, since February, Jackline has not been going to school. She recently gave birth. She still plans to sit for her final exams.
Caroline is determined not to follow in her sister’s footsteps.
“I don’t have any male friends. I want to finish my education. Pray for me to pass my exams and proceed to class seven,” requests Caroline.
Despite the challenges, Caroline is hopeful for the future. She is determined to finish her primary and secondary school education and attend a teaching college. Caroline wants to give back to the community through teaching and encouraging students. “I will finish school and I will teach others,” she says.
Photo©2015 World Vision, Angela Omune
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