Geoffrey

Meet Geoffrey

Geoffrey Mbugua, 14 grade 5

When we met Geoffrey Mbugua, a 14 year old boy orphaned at a very tender age  of four, he was at the verge of giving up hope, his grades were not pleasant at all and in spite of working very hard, he still brought home to his grandparents poor grades in school. This resulted to frustration, warnings and sometimes punishment from grandparents as it was equated to laziness and carelessness.

Geoffrey vented out his disappointment and disapproval of all this by being rude, rough and just turned out to be a rebel. His only sibling Brian was the praise in their grandparents’ mouths, so Geoffrey was also angry at his brother. The nature and quality of life did not make things easier as they lived on very meagre earnings , having 3 meals of the day was not obvious let alone affording to keep the boys in school which nobody understood why Geoffrey could not be a performer given that the money to keep them in school was very arduously earned.

Geoffrey often questioned his purpose for living as he tried in vain to please his family. When we welcomed him to CRCA, he presented as a very cold boy, withdrawn and lost. The safehouse being what it is gradually began to melt his heart and he began to open up, We reached out to a professional assessment officer who helped us  diagnose and realize that he was a slow learner and recommended help for him because he wasn’t to be written off in life , he was not unteachable he only happened to have thinking skills develop much slower than the norm….at 13, Geoffrey could barely read, write his name correctly and be at par with his agemates. The greatest challenge however was to have him own up this problem and cooperate to begin from the lowest level, He was already approaching adolescence and the crisis associated with it was already an uphill task by itself. It was not easy to convince him to begin from scratch. It took a lot of counseling, love and assurance .Geoffrey has entered a threshold of a success journey, his character has changed,…he has since learnt how to read and even if not an “A” student…..He sure is a happy student….Thankyou Kenya matters for touching the lives of the stigmatized!

Learning to Learn

When we met Geoffrey Mbugua, a 14-year-old boy orphaned at a very tender age of four, he was at the verge of giving up hope. Despite working very hard, he could barely read or even write his name correctly, and brought home to his grandparents poor grades in school. This resulted in frustration, warnings, and sometimes punishment as his failure was equated to laziness and carelessness. Geoffrey vented his disappointment and frustration with all this by being rude, rough, and rebellious.

Geoffrey often questioned his purpose for living as he tried in vain to please his family. When we welcomed him to CRCA, he presented as a very cold boy, withdrawn and lost. At the safehouse, however, his heart gradually began to melt and he began to open up. A professional therapist diagnosed a learning disability, and recommended help for him because he wasn’t to be written off in life. The greatest challenge was to have him own this problem and cooperate, beginning from the lowest level. He was already approaching adolescence and the crisis associated with it was already an uphill task by itself. It was not easy to convince him to begin from scratch, and it took a lot of counseling, love and reassurance.

Geoffrey has now crossed the threshold of his success journey; his character has been transformed. He has learnt how to read and even if not an “A” student, he sure is a happy student.

Thank you, Kenya Matters, for touching the lives of the stigmatized!

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