Andrew is one of our newer and older students. We knew of Andrew before he joined Milele, but not well. But boy… are we so glad he is now a member of Milele. He brings deep joy, uncontrollable laughter, and endless stories. Our other students call him the “Cuka”, meaning slow old man in Swahili. He takes his time with just about everything he does.
He tells long stories, washes dishes slowly, plays games slowly, all with a huge smile on his face.
Andrew comes from a polygamous family and when he was young his father died. With the complications of his father's death and the confusion of land inheritance, Andrew and his mother were on their own to fend for themselves. Without his father working he had no chance to pay for school fees. Although Andrew was young, he was the boy to eventually get his father's farming land. An older male in the family was called to assist Andrew and his mother. Eventually he stopped feeding Andrew, and threatened both Andrew and his mother, forcing them to leave the land that Andrew would inherit. With a lack of schooling, housing, and food, Andrew decided to leave for the streets and eventually found himself in Kitale. Andrew was attending a drop in center before he was invited to attend a local school in 2018.
Andrew has returned to visit his mother, who is still unable to care for his needs. Andrew continues to visit his mother in Mt. Elgon, as we find ways to support her in order for her to support Andrew.
Andrew is now in 8th grade and is dreaming of becoming a doctor! He loves to tell elaborate stories and make the people around him laugh. He is kind, caring, grateful, extremely silly, and we are grateful to play a part in his journey. Andrew is capable of big things!