Lucy

Meet Lucy

Lucy Wanjiru, 22 …Currently taking a course in Hair Dressing.

We all face hard times and often struggle to stay afloat in this life. Many times, success is measured by grades attained in our academics… School and society have quite often paved the way only for the elite, the crème de la crème, the fittest, the champions, the above …But then what about those that work so hard to fight against the heavy tides, Those that are not lucky to make it top of the class?

Lucy Wanjiru Born 22 years ago has struggled in her academics since the day she stepped foot in a classroom, she hails from a very humble family, a second born in a family of four. She enjoyed her dad for only  8 years when the cruel hand of death snatched him from them. Amidst struggles of her mother who was now the sole breadwinner of the family trying to put food on their table, fate would have it that her mother fell ill and bedridden and could no longer provide for her children. Lucy and her sister Monica came to the Community Recovery Center, and her older brother was left to take care of their mom, and so did the youngest in the family who was still nursing at the time.

Lucy was now able to find three meals in a day, clothing, shelter and education….there was now light at the end of the tunnel and she hoped to excel in school and like every child worked to get good grades because everyone had said this was the only way one would make it in school. Semester in, Semester out she gave studies her all but then all she got were very bad grades….for a while she lived in fear of being discontinued to stay here because many programs that sponsor kids have an ultimatum to have good performance to continue benefiting ….Lucy continued to stay, enjoyed food, shelter, and education in spite of her poor grades and she continued to work hard…it hasn’t been a walk in the park, but last year she finally graduated from high school and is currently pursuing her dream career which is hairdressing and she happens to have found her niche as she is one of the best students in her class! Thanks to Kenya matters for giving Lucy an opportunity to shine!

Now She can Shine!

Lucy Wanjiru, born 22 years ago, has struggled in her academics since the day she stepped foot in a classroom. She hails from a very humble family, the second in a family of four. She enjoyed her dad for only 8 years when the cruel hand of death snatched him from them. Her mother, left as the sole breadwinner of the family, struggled to put food on their table, but eventually fell ill and bedridden and could no longer provide for her children, so Lucy and her sister Monica joined us at the safehouse.

Lucy was now able to find three meals in a day, clothing, shelter and education–she thought there was now light at the end of the tunnel. She hoped to excel in school and worked to get good grades because everyone had said this was the only way she would make it in school. Semester in, semester out, she gave studies her all, but all she earned were very poor grades. She lived in fear of being kicked out of the safe house, because many programs that sponsor kids have an ultimatum requiring good performance to continue benefiting. We, of course, have no such policy, and Lucy continued to stay and enjoyed food, shelter, and education in spite of her poor grades. She continued to work hard; it hasn’t been a walk in the park, but last year she finally graduated from high school and is currently pursuing her dream career, which is hairdressing. As it happens, she has found her niche: at long last, she is one of the best students in her class! Thanks to Kenya Matters for giving Lucy an opportunity to shine!

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