My name is Joy Chesongol Pkukot and I am 22 years old. I was raised by a single parent, my father. He was married to four wives and so obtaining food to feed the whole family was a struggle, and supporting my education was an additional strain on the family. While I was young, I was able to depend on my mother, but unfortunately, she passed away. After this, life became very hard as we then had to stay with my grandmother who at the time was relying on sustenance from my uncle and so getting basic needs of clothes, shoes and even food became hard to get.
I was very lucky to then join the International Humanity Foundation (IHF) family in the year 2008 when I was still in standard six. I came to IHF with the help of chief Isaac as my family was financially unable to support my education and as a result of this, even my brothers and sisters did not attend school due to this lack of funds. Prior to joining IHF, I was enrolled in Chemolingot Primary School, which is in my village in Pokot.
My life finally became brighter as I was blessed to now live with wonderful kids at the center. We shared a lot with each other and encouraged one another to become the best versions of ourselves, to always believe in our dreams despite our backgrounds and upbringings. I am now in college pursuing a Diploma in Human Resource Management.
I am working very hard to achieve my goals which I believe God will work me through. Once I complete my degree, I hope to one day empower other girls from my community to aim high and succeed.