“I was born in Kenya, My mother was a primary school teacher, my father was a policeman,” Charity Vihenda of Kenya, Africa said.
Vihenda, now 26 years-old, recalls her early years in Kenya. At 9 years-old, her parents died within two months of each other.
“Shortly after we moved into my grandparents place, my grandmother died. I use to miss school,we didn’t have enough finances for meals, clothing, so that’s why we had to move,” Vihenda said.
A relative connected Vihenda and her older brother to Horizon. A non-profit in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania that works in Kenya, Africa that empowers orphaned children to become self sufficient.
“You have a lot of parents who are dying from illness and diseases,” Horizon president Jack Eans said as he explains how Horizon restores young lives.
“Horizon has micro-communities where we raise these children in families get them in school basically try to rebuild their identity and rebuild there lives,” Eans said.
A safe haven for Vihenda. ” It changed immediately when I went to Horizon. That’s when I found brothers and sisters, parents, love care and support,” Eans said.
Horizon develops the children physically, emotionally, socially,spiritually and holistically. Horizon boasts an 80 percent success rate and supports the children long after they turn 18 years-old through its Inheritance Program.
“We give them education, we give them vocational training, or we help them start a business whatever track they choose and stick with them until they are able to stand on their own.” Eans said.
Horizon helps the children thrive. Vihenda attended Strathmore University in Nairobi to major in finance.
“Currently I’m a banker,” Vihenda said. Charity made her first visit to the United States last week to speak at Horizon’s fundraising gala. She shared this message with donors.
“You going to transform lives for generations to come. Horizon doesn’t just help people to continue in poverty it empowers us. I’m empowered. I’m successful,” Vihenda said.
Now this empowered woman is reaching back to lift up another young Kenyan. “My husband and I have agreed to give back to Horizon by sponsoring a child,” Vihenda said.
Humans connecting to humanity, Eans said. “This is much more than just giving. I say we’re not raising money we are raising children. So you can not only feel good about the investment that you are making, but you can feel good about you are taking children off the street, You are taking children out of some of the worst conditions possible and you are restoring the value in themselves and the humanity that they lost,” Eans said.
Local investors cover Horizon’s administrative costs and 100 percent of the donations go to children and starting businesses in Kenya to sustain operations.
Horizon is also building a third micro-community in Kenya. It is also staring a new micro-community in Guatemala where Eans said many children suffer from abandonment abuse.
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