“Atieno” joined the club when she was 12 years old and still very small, but she never feared competing against bigger and stronger girls. God opened up doors for her when she was in a desperate situation. Her father passed away in 2001 and then in 2006 Atieno came home from church to find her mother lying dead in her room. After that, her siblings were all scattered to different relatives throughout East Africa. At the beginning of 2010 Atieno boldly approached one of our football club officials and requested for help because she was failing in school. But it wasn’t only her, every student in her class was failing at this local public school because the teachers didn’t care. With the approval of her elderly grandparents, the club relocated her to stay with the club chairman and paid for her to attend a local private school where she has worked hard and showed improvement every term. She successfully completed her National Exam for Primary School in November 2011 and the club is helping support her through secondary school. Her bright smile and friendly personality, along with her strong Christian Character, have been a blessing to her school, her new home and the club.
“Edwina” is currently in secondary school. She is a slightly above average student who does best in Math. When she is not away at boarding school, she lives with her grandmother who is a widow. The grandmother works with for the government. Edwina’s mother died after a long illness and left her at the age of two. Edwina’s mother had never married, so the child was left in the care of the grandmother. Edwina is quiet at times and outgoing at other times, but very polite and she loves school very much. Her grand mother’s house is a very big house but has no electricity or running water. They use lake water for washing and treat it for drinking.