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Kanyanga was born into struggle.
During his birth, both he and his mother suffered many complications, placing both of them in serious danger of death. After a brutal fight, little Kanyanga managed to pull through.
His name literally means
“GRABBED FROM DEATH.”
After he was born, his mother continued to be afflicted by the complications of Kanyanga’s birth. She spent the following months in and out of the hospital fighting for her life.
When Kanyanga was just 7 months old,
his mother died.
As Kanyanga began to grow older,
he was enrolled in primary school.
He really liked school and was
doing very well.
The day he completed the fourth grade,
he was ecstatic. He was the first in his class!
He left school in a full sprint, headed for home.
He was so excited to share the great news
with his father.
FIRST IN HIS CLASS!
He arrived at his house,
completely out of breath,
but filled with excitement,
as he thought about how proud
his father would be of him.
when he got home,
he was destroyed.
His grandfather, David, met him
at the door as he was arriving,
and told Kanyanga that his father
had been killed. His father had
been beaten to death by some
people who were not happy with
him and were jealous of him.
Like a puff of smoke,
his good news about school vanished
and new thoughts began to overtake him.
Joy was replaced with sorrow.
The people involved in his dad’s beating
and murder were never found or prosecuted.
Now a double orphan, Kanyanga moved in with his grandparents, who were already caring for his nine step brothers and sisters. While he was the only child his mother ever had, his father had 3 other wives, so Kanyanga has a large family.
Even with Poetice’s tuition help,
this large family often struggles
to provide food for everyone.
Kanyanga admits to going hungry
for many days at a time,
which causes him to miss school.
We spoke to some of his teachers
about his performance and attendance in school.
They confirmed his struggles at home.
“His attitude is good, but academically,
he has not been. It is only just recently
that we realized that he has problems
at home because of lack of food.
Instead of coming to school he would
go around and look for food.
In two weeks, he may only attend
school three days. He may miss the
day that the test would have been on.
You find his performance is not
good at all. Last time out of seven
subjects he only passed two.”
Kanyanga isn’t alone in his struggles.
His school is home to a large number
of orphans who suffer with hunger
pains as well. The problem is so common
that his school decided to put a program in
place to provide food to hungry students.
Kanyanga fights to help provide for his siblings.
He tells us that he often asks God why his
family has to struggle and why it was torn apart.
At times, he admits, he has been angry
with God about his situation.
But despite those moments,
he says that he knows that God
is a good God, and he is very
grateful for his life.
“God has done so many
things in my life.
If not for God,
I would have been
dead a long time ago.”
Kanyanga is a brave young man who was forced to become a leader in his family at an early age. He has begun to recognize the power of his life’s testimony. He is beginning to understand that the pain he has endured has been building a platform for him to share hope and life with others. A lot of other children in his community can relate to his story, as it is similar to their own.
Kanyanga wants to use his story for good.
In fact, when he grows up, he wants to
become a pastor.
He tells us that,
“A pastor is good to advise other people.
What is good and what is bad.”
Kanyanga’s dream is to help his family
& other kids like him once he is empowered
and completes school.
We believe in God’s plan for Kanyanga’s life
and plan to continue supporting him on his journey.