Until Kivuli knocked on ACCI’s door, the pathway for David, aged 13, seemed to have been set.
Placed in a children’s home after his mother died and his father abandoned the family, David expected that this is where he’d be until he turned 18. Then, like so many other children who grow up in orphanages, he’d be out in the world on his own – with no family connections and no understanding of where he belonged…
When the Kivuli team began tracing David’s family history, they found he had a younger brother, aged six, living at a large orphanage nearby. Extraordinarily, the boys attended the same school but didn’t know they were brothers! The team then located an older sister and in time, made further links with David’s grandmother as well as an aunt and cousins. Even though David thought he was all alone, he had a whole family waiting for him!
With support from the ACCI-Kivuli team, David was able to be placed in the care of his older sister, who lives close to his grandmother. His sister received training and other support from the team – including income generation activities – and will receive ongoing assistance to help with the costs of sending him to school. The team is also in discussions with the orphanage David’s brother is living in and hope he will also be able to join the family.
“Seeing David’s 94-year-old grandmother greet him with a traditional Turkana blessing by placing her hand on his head as she greeted him was a moment that captured the true purpose of what we do,” says Therese, who oversaw the first meeting of David and his family. “It is wonderful that David – like all the other Kivuli children – can now grow up in a safe and loving family and within his culture and community.”