Children's Stories:

In their words

Pratya Akeau

My name is Pratya Akeau.  I’m Akha tribe.  I joined IHF family in 2005.  Before then I used to worry about my future and education because my family was financially unstable to support me. 

The fear disappeared when Mama Carol Sasaki came to my village in 2005 to help me.  I went with her to stay at the IHF Thailand center in Chiang Rai Province in order to continue with my education.  When I arrived at the center, I got a new lovely family and education.  I studied hard and this enabled me to join the university and finally I have graduated with a degree in Law major.  I also continued studied lawyer program until I got lawyer license.  Currently I am working in a law firm in Chiang Rai and I am representing my client with my partner.

  All of this thing can’t be happen without support from IHF family, Mae Carol, sponsor and volunteer. I very much appreciate and thankful for all the support from IHF family, Mae Carol and sponsor and volunteer.  I promise that I will use my knowledge to help another people as much as I can.

Kantiya

My name is Kantiya. I come from a poor family because my father died when I was young. One day, when I was young, Carol came to our hill tribe village in mountains of Chiang Rai Province to help some other children she had promised to help. My mother asked her to help me. After that day my life has been given opportunity for education. Ihf has taken good care since I was young until even now when I am a University student today—right now I am studying 3 RD years Rajabhat University in Chiang Rai, so I can help many young girls like me. Without her my life not like this today. I would like to thank IHF that make me today. Love Kantiya

NOTE: The amazing Shooting Stars Foundation has paid for Kantiya and so many children’s University tuition costs.

Ade Sucipto

Hello I am Ade Sucipto, I am from International Humanity Foundation Jakarta, Indonesia. I would like to tell you my story life in IHF. Before coming to IHF I was a student of Yayasan Kuncup Mekar Wangi (Free Course For The Poor). In this Yayasan was the first time I met with IHF CEO, Carol. She came to this Yayasan and introduced herself and IHF to us. At that time I was still Senior High School student, and my financial wasn’t really good and it became problem for my education. Thank God I met with my mom, Carol (The IHF Founder) ya I used to call her mom. She asked me to join with IHF so that she could help me for my education and then I decided to join with IHF.

In IHF Jakarta center I wasn’t the only child who lived here. We were about nine children who stayed here at that time. We lived like a IHF Family because we ate, studied and played together. More over, we also have free course (Bimbel Gratis) program who’s still running until today for the poor and many students come to study in IHF. We have some classes running in our center such as English, Math, Computer and also Life skill. They’re so happy to study here because they learnsomething that they don’t get in their school such as computer lesson, learning english with the foreigners (Native Speaker) and also they’ve got many new friends. 

Ya in IHF we have so many volunteers coming from all over the world such as America, Australia, England, China and etc. They come here with their own money. They come here to be a volunteer and help us to develop our skill and motivate us to keep studying so that we can reach our dreams. I felt lucky and grateful to become part of IHF Family because I have learned so many things from this wonderful place such as languages , many different cultures and also technology. 

I am so thankful for what IHF has done to me and many Indonesian kids. It’s really meaningful for us. Today, I reached my dream with the help of IHF to become a teacher. I teach in a school called “Embun Pagi Islamic School” for elementary students. I teach English, Science and Math for my beloved students. 

My job as a teacher made me couldn’t spend my much time again for IHF anymore again, but I am still helping IHF. In many ways. Now, I become board member of IHF to make sure that the IHF free classes program keep running well for the poor. Until today I am still meeting many amazing volunteers from Indonesia also from abroad.

I think this is the end of my life story in IHF Jakarta Family. I hope with the help of IHF volunteers we can make a better world together. Thank you so much mom & IHF.as I can.

Carol’s words:  “ Chemeriach is no longer a little girl but a wonderful mother herself who helps other children also. I am so proud of her.”

Chemeriach “ PASSING IT ON” and helping others

Shanice Chemariech

My name is shanice chemariech from east pokot Kenya. My heart is filled with joy and happiness when I narrate my story about what IHF has done to my life. I know if it was not IHF and my beloved mummy carol sasaki who God sent her to pokot to come and rescue us. I was so poorly in need of help cause my mother died and my father ran away from us when we were too young and not able to support ourselves. I was living with stress cause we were left with our poor grandmother and we were four in our family. We had our first Born a boy but he was stressed and he lived by fainting/ being unconscious everytime and then, because of our mother who died and father living us without food and clothing. We were sleeping on the ground without any clothing,mosquito nets nor anything. We survived but God protected us from snakes and harmful animals or insects. Food and clothing was the big problem too. We went school looking for food not education. One day mummy carol came to pokot and I was able to be enrolled to International Humanity Foundation which changed my life of sorrow to a happiness. I can’t forget you mummy carol and the entire IHF , also all sponsors. You are our heroes,fathers,mothers I mean our everything. You did a wonderful job and I pray that may God grant you more years on earth. Mummy carol took me to IHF and she showed me a love that have never got in my life,good care, nice clothing, education ,good health. We were living a good life and I enjoyed the life . we we have good houses which my younger children in IHF Kenya are living now. I completed my primary school in IHF, secondary school and I went to join kenya military or Kenya army. Am glad mummy carol changed my life to be whom I am now and I can’t forget also taking care of me with my siblings which it was a wonderful thing ever. I lived with them without stress. I know if it was not IHF I would have been involved into FGM and early married which is very common in our area pokot. I thank God I was able to be educated cause I had no other option if it was not IHF. Thank IHF at large you are a wonderful foundation just know shanice appreciates your hardwork to us poor children/orphans. We have nothing to pay back but I know God will not leave you forever. For my dear,beloved mummy carol sasaki, mum you are such a wonderful, caring,loving. I luck words to explain your goodness mummy. Count yourself a special gift from God and sweet mummy. I love you with all our children in the other centers chakarta,Indonesia ,kenya and others. Thankz

Nyoro Kamama

 

My name is Nyoru Kamoyo and I am 18 years old, a Kenyan by nationality. I joined the International Humanity Foundation family (IHF) almost ten years ago. The chief of my village at a place called Chesirimion, Pokot introduced me to the center there before we eventually moved to our current home at Nakuru.

I was brought up in a humble background and my parents were financially unable to cater for the needs of myself as well as my other brothers and sisters and as such, my education was not seen as an urgent expense. However, when I met my mummy Carol, my life changed for the best as upon joining the center, the pursuit of an education became a key focus in my life.

Life in Nakuru at first was quite challenging as every experience was a new. The climate was quite strange as it would be chilly in the morning, hot during the day and then it would rain at night whereas in Pokot, there was only dry and rainy season, not in between.

Another major challenge was difficulty in communicating as I did not know either Kiswahili or English. This was especially problematic when I joined school as my teachers found it hard to teach me and all I could do was keep quiet. This however did not stop me as I pushed myself to learn as quickly as possible and quickly became fluent. We had volunteers at the center who would teach us and encourage us and so this made it easier for me to learn. I went on to complete both my Primary and secondary school education. I am now planning on joining college soon so I can pursue my passion to obtain a business management degree. My goal in life is to become self-dependent and one day stand in a position to help the needy in society just like my mummy Carol did to all of us here in Kenya and in other countries.

John Ochieng

 

My name is John Ochieng’, son to Michael Olal and Elizabeth Wambui. My mother gave birth to me in Nakuru county, Kenya, at a very tender age (when she was only in her second year at high school). At the age of six months, she took me to her mum in Nyeri county and ran away, abandoning me there. My maternal grandmother took very good care of me up until I turned two and then she took me to live with my paternal grandmother. She was a businesswoman who sold fish in order to make a living and when I was old enough to start school, she enrolled me at Muslim pre-school, Nakuru. Up until this time, I still did not know who my father was.

When I was in grade five, my grandma started ailing and had to go back to her village for treatment. We however agreed that as opposed to me dropping out of school to go with her, I would continue with my studies and it is at this point that she introduced me to my father. By this time, my father had married another woman.

At the time, my father was working as a security guard and my stepmother was a green grocer. When my father would go to work in the evening, my stepmother would come back home from the market and mistreat me. This she would do by inflicting senseless beatings on me for no apparent reason and then force me to do all of the house chores. Sometimes, on the bad nights, she would send me out of the house to sleep in the cold.

By the time I was in my final year of primary school and tired of all the abuse I had endured at the hands of my step mother, I decided to run away from home and stay with a friend of mine until I completed my Kenya Certificate of Primary Education. What hurt even more was the fact that my father could not be bothered to even look for me and so in order to pay for my upkeep and education, I started selling peanuts and earning a small income.

Once I had saved enough money, I bought myself a pair of uniform and went to a high school to request admission to the school. The kind-hearted principal, upon learning about my situation, paid my school fees for the first year and enrolled me to form one. The following year on form two, I returned to my father’s house as he promised to pay my school fees. But before the end of my third year in high school, my father was arrested and so I remained with my stepmother. Because she was unwilling to pay my fees, I dropped out of school and started selling scrap metal and copper in order to make a living. My stepmother eventually kicked me out of her house, and I was forced to live on the streets. Life in the streets was equivalent to hell on earth but not even my pleading to my stepmother to take me back as her slave would change her mind.

Instead, she decided to take me to the police station and accuse me of theft. I cried my eyes dry and pleaded with the policewoman not to allow me to rot in jail as I was guilty of no crime. The policewoman, with all her goodness, then arranged and brought me to International Humanity Foundation (IHF). It is at IHF where I finally found stability in my life and was able to complete my secondary education and graduate form four. I thank God because He landed me in safe hands.

 

 I now wish to attend university and obtain a degree as a teacher for people with special needs. Here in Kenya, people living with special needs are seen as outcasts in the society and I do not want anyone else to ever feel despised and unwanted, I wanted them instead to feel equal and wanted. When I obtain this degree, I promise to go out and make a difference in the lives of people across my country Kenya, and maybe even the world as a whole. 

Siti

 

My name is Siti Aisyah. I joined IHF as a student when I was in primary school. I learnt English, Math, life skills, and love here.

I was one of our TEP students where I got a lovely sponsor for years just like my second “guardian” in education. When I was in Senior High School, I replaced my brother to help teaching in Math class. I had been teaching Math for 7 years in IHF, I loves Math so much!

I want to help the impoverished children to solve their problem in studying especially in Mathematics, so they can solve their life problem. That is IHF taught to me.

After I finished with my study in University, I decided to Pass it on and be a Co-Director at IHF until now. I am a role model for our younger students and a good example of how IHF and the sponsor can give a great impact in a child’s life.

How amazing that is and how proud my sponsor was seeing me grew up being a better person who can be useful for others!

Joy Chesongol Pkukot

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.

Krop Ngoriadomo

Hello! My name is Vincent Krop Ngoriandomo. I am 20 years old and a first born in a family of 6 children (3, boys and 3 girls). I am from a small Pokot tribe residing in Baringo, Kenya a small country in Africa.

I vividly do remember my life story before I had the opportunity to join up with I.H.F with nostalgia. Firstly, my life situation was miserably unthinkable with no idea of what education was, I and my relatives never knew anything about writing or reading. We lived in a small village called Kadingding, my mum passed away while I was young and my father single handedly, had to take all the burden by himself, but I feel sorry to say that he was too much of a drunkard to even be able to provide us with basic needs.

 We had to go to our grandma’s home whereby life was a bit better despite the harsh environment that I had to do with by trying to adapt to it and with a lot of belief that I will overcome it all at some point. She was also struggling financially that sometimes she even had to eat nothing when the food wasn’t enough for us and her kids.

As time went on, I started having the feelings of being the only hope of those siblings and go on to find where my father is, I started wondering whether my father was still alive. We continued in the same scenario for some time with no hope of how I will start and where from, then at my tender age I was introduced to look after our neighbor’s only to cater some part of our needs. When I got used to being a herds boy, my chief (Amos) confronted my grandma about IHF.

 She used to dislike education for real and saw it in a different perspective, but I had to force them into accepting it, knowing that my chief wouldn’t cheat on me after having a short conversation with him. I accepted it and even went on to my chief’s home. And this really motivated me a lot to one day become a great example to everyone there.

In 2006, I was introduced straight away in class one in Chesirimion primary school without pre-school experience. I had to cope with that and by the end of the year I was able to be promoted to class two and with all my teacher’s motivations and words of praise about my potential, I never looked back but went on forward to even being the brightest in my class since class 4-8, this time I did it in Nakuru town where there is stiff competition due to high number of pupils from all over Kenya.

I did my primary school’s national exams in 2013 and I got an opportunity to join one of the best school’s in Nakuru. I started believing in my dreams at this point and in secondary school I carried on my brilliance by always being among the brightest. I did my last secondary school’s exam last year, and again I was lucky to be among the people who got call-ups to the universities and colleges.

In September 2018, I got enrolled in RVIST to pursue a course in Quantity Surveying and I hope everything including finances and cost of my education gets well till my graduation because that’s the challenge and for real, that’s my biggest aim as well as my short term goal. I chose this course because I had my passion in Civil engineering works, and I felt like getting to help to civilize and helping in building my community which I see as modernly left behind.

My long-term goal after my education, is getting to represent my community as one of the well-known engineers in the global world. And getting to help everyone who took part to educate me in my upbringing in any other possible way. And helping the less fortunate around this universe having, Carol Sasaki (Mummy), the founder of I.H.F as my all-time mentor in doing this, for she made me realize what education is and how powerful it is in equalizing everything. Lastly but not least, I am really so grateful to IHF for taking me this far for I can now believe and say that whatever seemed unreachable and unknown before is now almost coming to reality and my dreams of once being role model to my siblings has already taken shape not only to my relatives but to my whole community who are now having positively having an eye on me as I continue chasing my never seen before dreams. I am now trying my best to help keeping our center in the best way possible that I can and helping the other with their homework where possible. That’s my life’s short story up to this far.

Ayu's Story

Apura Lotuw

My name is Moses Apura and I am 20 years old. I come from Chesirimion, a village in East Pokot.

 My mother passed away when I was young and my father had to take care of all six children of us, myself included as I was the last born. My father was a farmer but his little income could not sustain all our needs and so we did not have enough to cover our meals or money for school fees.

My village in Pokot did not value education and so my father preferred for me to take care of the livestock at home instead of going to school. My school was also far away which made it difficult for me. In 2006, Carol Sasaki visited our village with the aim of helping poor children through life skills and education and I was one of the chosen ones to be helped because of my keen interest in learning. From that moment we received food, donations and clothes. We were then told that there was somewhere being built for us to stay and that was the IHF in Pokot. I then met other children from different communities who were part of IHF.

 Life in IHF was different and better for me because I was getting education and food. I didn’t have to walk miles to school as it was closer, which would still allow me to do other activities such as farming and engage in sport activities such as football. One of the best things about my experience is that I have learnt the importance of education, how to speak different languages, that is, English and Kiswahili.

Moving to IHF Nakuru center was amazing because we had lights and ate a variety of food such as yoghurt and bread which was in the past very unusual. Nakuru was also a bit so cold compared to Pokot but the weather was good for farming activities and livestock keeping. The center was also convenient for sport activities.

At school I had to teach other kids about my community Pokot because they perceived it as a dangerous community. The new volunteers at the center were good people because they were caring and understanding. They made us realize our potential to achieve anything we wanted in life and helped us with our studies.

 I want to attain a Business Management degree because I have so much interest in developing the economy and participating in building the nation. Most of all I want to assist people who are like me who were raised in poverty, not only in Kenya but all over the world. I want to employ other people who are poverty stricken so they can have income and take care of their families that is, sustaining basic needs. I want to inspire other poor children and motivate them to focus on education because it is the key to bettering their lives. It is my greatest hope to get sponsorship and pass on the tradition of giving to other children like me. 

John's Story