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January 2021

Gloria

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Fighting for an education and the hope of a better future.

I think there’s something really special about the projects The Hope Venture does. Who knew a goat could bring security to a family, a backpack hope to a student, and an agriculture program purpose to a young mother. The needs these projects meet seem simple, but really, they’re life-changing.

Meet Gloria. She’s currently eighteen, the mother of one, living with her grandma, and about to begin her dream of farming her own plot of land. However, her life wasn’t always this way. It was through pain, loss, and a prayer that she got to where she is now.

Her story starts with being an orphan, becoming pregnant, losing her closest friends, and being asked by her grandma to move out and find another home. On the brink of Gloria being homeless, her uncle stepped in and took her to Wakisa Ministries, a center and safehaven for pregnant women in Uganda.

Gloria was welcomed there and taught a skill; tailoring. It seems simple, but she excelled at the craft and even sewed Vivian, Wakisa Ministries Director, a dress. When Gloria returned home from Wakisa, now as a mother with her one-year-old son, she had dreams of being able to attend school and receive training and education, but she knew there was no way that could happen, given her circumstances. Gloria prayed about it, and boy did God come through for His daughter.

Gloria was able to interview at Agromax, a partner with The Hope Venture that provides a 6-month agriculture program for women, and was accepted into the school in 2020. She’s been learning incredible skills, like how to treat soil, use fertilizers, and she’s even growing her very own tomatoes and sweet peppers in the school’s greenhouse. She’s been taken in and given a skill that will be able to sustain her and her little one. She’s been treated with respect. She’s been given a shot at a beautiful future for her and her child.

And what’s even better, Gloria’s uncle has a ¼ acre of land that he plans to let her farm a small portion of once she’s done in the Agromax program. She’ll be able to live out her dreams now, and with her tailoring and agriculture skills, the sky’s her limit.

To impact more women like Gloria, donate to our Agromax Project today!

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Nashorua

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A blessing to those around her.

Nashorua or as she goes by, ‘Shernice’ is a sixteen year old Kenyan High Schooler in form 2 from Narok, Kenya. Shernice starts her day off at 5am in order to get in a few extra hours of studying before her school starts. She attends Maasi Girls Secondary School from 8am until about 5 or 6pm. Now at this point an average, American high schooler would go home to relax or visit a friends house. For Shernice, she goes to work with her parents.

In order to provide for her large family including 2 brothers and 3 sisters, Shernice helps her father barter around for work. She spends all night helping her father look for work whether that be by taking care of another neighbors animals, helping her mother prepare a meal or taking care of her many siblings. Shernice is a blessing to her family. In fact, her first name, ‘Nashorua,’ means blessings in Swahili. Her life is by no means easy, yet she still serves and loves her family and friends like no other person I know. You wouldn’t be able to tell her circumstances by looking at her as she radiates joy and humility in all that she does. To her, her life is normal. She doesn’t know any different. As I sat down to talk to her about her story, she was so inspiring. She has such a strong faith and delights in her savior’s healing works. She mentioned to me, “God raises up the humble people.” This simple phrase is so significant to her as she truly does not want to be recognized for her actions and hard work. Because she has grown into such a servant at this young age she aspires to ‘be able to help others just as those have done for her.’ She is forever grateful for her sponsorship and so deserving. She has taught me a lot about what it looks like rejoice in being a servant who exemplifies Christ in all that she does. She is a blessing.

To impact more students like Nashorua, sponsor a student today!

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Nashorua

By Project Stories

A blessing to those around her.

Nashorua or as she goes by, ‘Shernice’ is a sixteen year old Kenyan High Schooler in form 2 from Narok, Kenya. Shernice starts her day off at 5am in order to get in a few extra hours of studying before her school starts. She attends Maasi Girls Secondary School from 8am until about 5 or 6pm. Now at this point an average, American high schooler would go home to relax or visit a friends house. For Shernice, she goes to work with her parents.

In order to provide for her large family including 2 brothers and 3 sisters, Shernice helps her father barter around for work. She spends all night helping her father look for work whether that be by taking care of another neighbors animals, helping her mother prepare a meal or taking care of her many siblings. Shernice is a blessing to her family. In fact, her first name, ‘Nashorua,’ means blessings in Swahili. Her life is by no means easy, yet she still serves and loves her family and friends like no other person I know. You wouldn’t be able to tell her circumstances by looking at her as she radiates joy and humility in all that she does. To her, her life is normal. She doesn’t know any different. As I sat down to talk to her about her story, she was so inspiring. She has such a strong faith and delights in her savior’s healing works. She mentioned to me, “God raises up the humble people.” This simple phrase is so significant to her as she truly does not want to be recognized for her actions and hard work. Because she has grown into such a servant at this young age she aspires to ‘be able to help others just as those have done for her.’ She is forever grateful for her sponsorship and so deserving. She has taught me a lot about what it looks like rejoice in being a servant who exemplifies Christ in all that she does. She is a blessing.

To impact more students like Nashorua, sponsor a student today!

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