As graduation quickly approaches for Scolastica, a grade 12 student at African Vision of Hope, her heart is full of gratitude and hope. Scolastica looks around the room at her classmates recalling the days when she first joined African Vision of Hope in 2018. She remembers the fun memories of when her friends would meet after school to play chess or sing songs.
Ruth often sits in the tall grass bordering the dusty path to her village. She watches children laughing with friends on their way to school. For a few moments she is able to forget about the dark secrets she keeps inside. Ruth’s childhood has been stolen. She was born to a mother who was assaulted as a young girl and is unable to provide for Ruth.
Life for 12 year old Maxwell was what you would expect. He lived with his parents and five siblings. Maxwell was a dreamer, wishing one day to be a businessman or a soldier. He enjoyed playing soccer and doing chores with his siblings. Maxwell’s childhood was happy and he loved having his family around.
Macrichard was only 10 years old when the safety and comforts of his life were stripped away. After the death of both parents, Macrichard was left an orphan. He was forced into hard labor, rejected, and beaten every day. Macrichard ran away from his oppressors and found a vacant thatched hut for his home. He entered into a life of solitude, a child-headed household, living on his own and raising support for his own education.