Molly and Katherine’s Story
Molly is a mother of four, the youngest being a 7-month-old baby. Molly’s husband travelled to Nairobi looking for work, but nearly a year has passed and he has not returned, leaving the family to fend for themselves. Molly’s two boys managed to get a place at a school before their father left, but Katherine was not as lucky.
Recently, however, Katherine began at the AIDS Orphan school. This morning they set out, with Molly taking Katherine to school before she goes to work in the rice field for the day. It is a long walk, and after dropping Katherine off, Molly will then walk the four miles to the rice fields. Katherine, like many children starting school, is a slightly unsure and does not want to leave her mother, but she soon settles with one of the volunteers at the school.
Molly tells us she is worried that Katherine does not have a school uniform. She does not want her to feel ‘different’ from the other children, but there is no way she can afford to buy one. AIDS Orphan is working towards purchasing uniforms for children like Katherine.
Molly will work in the rice field all day in the heat, threshing rice. It is exhausting work, and at the end of the day Molly will be paid with 2kgs of rice. She will then carry 50kg sacks of rice to the road to be picked up, making many trips. After finishing for the day she walks the 4 miles back to pick up Katherine and then goes home.
Now that Katherine is at school, she will get the food she needs. This means that not only will she recover from malnutrition, but she will also be able to learn and get a good education – something which is particularly important for girls. She is playing with toys for the first time and enjoys spending time with other children. The family now has a chance to break out of the cycle of poverty.
Molly is doing everything within her power to keep her family from poverty. It does not take much to give a mother a helping hand by helping her children. Molly does not want the same life for her daughters that she has had, and AIDS Orphan can make a real difference by helping Katherine and her younger sister in time.