Determined duo breaks free from poverty after years of struggle
Meet Nachi and Collins.
Nachi is in her sixties, but years of grief and hard labour have aged her, etching years of memories into the deep lines of her face. This fiercely loving grandmother and her resilient grandson have endured unimaginable hardship together.
“When I first moved here I didn’t know anyone. Not a single person,” she says. “I had no friends at all.”
“Here” is the Solai district in northwest Kenya. For years, Nachi moved from place to place seeking work. She and Collins slept where they could and ate when they had food. Because much of the work available in Solai is labour-heavy, Nachi struggles to earn a steady income. She daily worries for her beloved grandson, Collins.
Collins is an orphan. Nachi became his caregiver when his mother passed away and his father left.
A brand-new beginning
Mary is the Project Director for Compassion International’s program in Nachi’s community. Compassion—a global child development organization—partners with local churches in 25 countries and serves more than 2 million children just like Collins, helping them develop socio-emotionally, mentally and spiritually.
Mary vividly remembers first meeting this small family.
“Collins was crying when his grandmother brought him to the [church],” she says. “He hadn’t eaten for days. He was hungry and visibly agitated. His grandmother pleaded for help.”
The Compassion staff registered Collins immediately. He began receiving much needed support, including nutrition and medical care.
Previously shy and withdrawn, Collins found new confidence once he was enrolled in school—his tuition fees, uniform and shoes covered through his sponsorship. Learning with other children boosted his self-esteem and opened up all sorts of possibilities.
Along with an education for Collins, Compassion Kenya built a safe, stable home for Nachi and Collins. With the support of the local church and a loving sponsor behind them, Nachi no longer has to worry about her grandson’s future. Together, they can dream up a new one.
Collins’s story changed the day he joined Compassion’s Child Sponsorship Program. The support he receives means he has a chance at a different future—one free from poverty.