Ann Ndululu is a 14-year-old sponsored child who started the year in high spirits and looked forward to transitioning to her new school. Mumbuni Girls Boarding School is a prestigious school in Machakos County that attracts the best students who usually perform well in their national examinations. Ann emerged as the best girl pupil in her elementary school last year.
Margaret Matheka, World Vision Kenya Community Engage-ment and Sponsorship Project Coordinator says, “During the COVID-19 response forums, we not only sensitized the com-munity on the importance of adherence to Ministry of Health safety protocols, but also on child protection issues that were likely to emerge, like child neglect, teen pregnancies and child labor. The community was taught how to deal with such incidences including the reporting mechanisms.”
For now, Ann is happy to be home and helps her mother Win-fred Ndunge, 39, care for her two younger siblings Denis, 10, and Shadrack, 3. She follows the safety protocols on social distancing, hand washing and wearing a mask that she learned from World Vision.
Ann was a Bible Club leader at her primary school. Through World Vision’s Spiritual Nurture Program, Ann attended many Christian trainings. During the short stay at high school, she joined the Christian Union Club. She says, “I have foundational knowledge about reliance on God and during this tough time, I do not panic, but I have made it duty to study God’s word and pray with my family, to seek his counsel and guidance as we hope for his divine intervention during this pandemic.” Ann concludes, “I am grateful for what World Vision has done for me and my family. Someday when school reopens again, I hope to continue to pursue my dream of becoming a surgeon.”