A year after 12-year-old Divine's* mother passed away, her father got remarried to a woman who mistreated Divine and her siblings and shared lies about the children’s behaviour with their father. Shortly afterwards, Divine’s father started believing that his children were cursed and, in response, would physically abuse and neglect them. Divine’s father and stepmother moved away, leaving the children to provide for themselves. The neighbours, hearing about Mapendo Community Based Organisation (CBO) shared with the Care Workers Divine’s story. The Care Workers immediately went to visit Divine and her siblings in their home and brought the children to the Care Point.
When Divine’s stepmother and father eventually returned home, the Care Workers knew they needed to build a good relationship with them and made it a priority to spend time with them, showing the value and importance of the Care Point. When Divine first started coming to the Care Point, she was fearful and withdrawn, but as the Care Workers have built a trusting relationship with her she has started opening up and is eager to serve at the Care Point. Although her home life continues to be challenging, Divine feels safe here and the Care Workers remain committed to investing into her family and sharing about the transforming hope and love of Jesus Christ.
At 6 years old, Junelle* and her brothers lost their father, leaving them and their mother in desperation. Junelle began to care for her family as her mother fell sick, trying to make a small income by transporting water for people in the community. The children stopped attending school and their mother was very discouraged by her failing crops. Now aged 10, Junelle is in grade 6 and feeling loved by the CBO. Even her mother has found hope in being a part of the Care Point.