From Street Orphan to Student: The Story of Boniface

Shambani Village in northern Kenya is home to a few thousand members of the Turkana tribe, Kenya’s second largest pastoral group. When GHNI staff first visited them in the summer of 2010, they were welcomed with singing and dancing, then sat down with the villagers to learn how they could be of help.

The Turkana people have proved they are willing to work hard to improve their standard of living. GHNI field staff has been assisting them in a transition from burning trees for charcoal as an income source to an agricultural-based lifestyle, but needs remain great in this community where people have lived on a single meal of corn and beans and less than a dollar per day.

As in many thousands of such villages around the world, education is an important key to breaking the cycle of poverty, especially for the youth who long for a vision for their future and their village, and for a way to bring that vision about.

One such youth was Boniface, who came to GHNI with an all too familiar story. Orphaned years ago by HIV and AIDS, at one point he ended up on the street with little hope or aid to sustain him.

Yet Boniface was more fortunate than many. Supporters gave him a chance to attend primary school, after which he scored well on a national exam and was able to go on to secondary school. But after a while his sponsors were no longer able to fund his education, and he was forced to drop out.

The future must have looked pretty bleak to Boniface at that point, but his story wasn’t over. Using the principles of Transformational Community Development (TCD), Boniface found an opportunity to earn enough income to allow him to resume his education at Waso Secondary School. He is deeply grateful that his dream was restored - and it’s largely due to the generosity of people like you!

Will you help us to continue partnering with and effecting this kind of wonderful change in children throughout Africa, Asia, and the Middle East?