Encounter with Eunice (orphan girl)
I met Eunice when she was 16 years old. She was orphaned when she was 5 years old. Her parents died of sickness, leaving her with her 2 sisters and only brother.
The brother was left as the sole bread winner at the age of 22 years. but he also died a few months later, leaving the sisters with their grandmother.
Eunice is currently living with an aunt (husband was the late mum’s brother) They live in Kibera slums in Nairobi, in a single room house where they share it with her 3 children and 2 of her late brother’s children.
Though they have other relatives, they are not in a position to help, as they are also poor. Eating is not on a daily basis as at times they go hungry. They only eat when it is available.
A student at St. Gabriel’s Academy, Eunice is in form I (9th grade) and heading to Form 2(10th grade) next year(2014). Her aunt pays her school fees and Eunice works part time (when school closes) at a salon to get money for her school books, and shoes. The money obtained from this is what she uses to buy her clothes and personal needs.