Winnie's father was a peasant farmer before he fell sick and died in 2007. Her mother abandoned her children for a while leaving Winnie in the care of her grandmother. She has recently returned and supports her children as a vegetable farmer.
Winnie Akoth was born on December 20th 2005. She is the second to last child of five children. She joined CGA’s nursery class in January 2011. Her older sister Sharon is in pre-primary class at CGA. Winnie has been attending a local nursery school over the past year but has learned very little. Her father was a peasant farmer before he fell sick and died in 2007. Her mother left the home recently and no one knows whether or not she will come back. Winnie and her other four siblings are now under the custody of their 80-year-old grandmother. She struggles to support them by making and selling rope from sisal fibers and selling firewood. Her home is in a remote location on the other side of the hill about a 35 minute walk to CGA. The grandmother’s house is made up of mud walls, floors, and a corrugated iron sheet roof. It is small and crowded. They have no electricity and so they use paraffin lamps. They drink treated water from the government tap and draw water from the lake, for other uses, about half a mile away. Winnie and her siblings share a sleeping mat on the floor without a mosquito net but cover themselves with an old blanket. Winnie is happy to be in CGA. 2017 Update: Winnie's mother came back and Winnie and all her siblings live with their mother in their house in their rural home. Her mother does vegetable farming as her source of income. 2019 Update: Winnie delivered a baby boy named Shecky on February 5, 2019. She stayed at home to nurse the baby all of first term.. During second term she came to CGA in the afternoons to pick some books and assignments from the teachers for studying at home and would sit in on some of the afternoon classes. Third term Winnie began attending a local primary school near her home in grade 7. This makes it easy for her to go home during breaks to care for the baby. Her mother saw it best to have Winnie in school full time because there was pressure from the community for the mother to give Winnie as a wife to their relatives or any local man. In 2020, Winnie will be readmitted back to CGA to continue with her primary education.
Christ's Gift Academy Child Sponsorship Program
$45/month or $540/year provides: - quality education based on Biblical truth - 2 meals per day - school uniform - school supplies - social worker oversight and counseling, as needed - medical care (for orphans) - lots of love by the staff and teachers