Cephas the Builder
Have you ever dreamed of owning a tiny house, like the ones you see on HGTV? Could you live in a four foot tall house in rural Zambia? This is reality for 13 year old Cephas. He lives in a tiny mud brick house with no plumbing, electricity or access to clean water. The family lives an hour away from African Vision of Hope school, up a rocky mountain, deep in the bush.
Before he started abusing her, Yvonne looked up to her stepfather and turned to him for guidance. In 2020, the unthinkable happened and 12-year old Yvonne was pregnant with her stepfather’s child. The trauma seemed like it would haunt her forever. Read her full story here.
The Future is BRIGHT!
Growing up in extreme poverty, life has never been easy for Bright. Both of his parents grew up without an education, leaving them jobless. Likewise, at the age of 10, Bright had not ever been enrolled or able to attend school. Bright dreamed of the day when he would be sitting at a desk, wearing a uniform, and making new friends.
Edward is in College Because of YOU!
Edward‘s life was plagued with abuse. Both of Edward’s parents died when he was young, leaving him as an orphan. After the death of his parents, he began staying with relatives. It was only a short period of time before they started telling Edward they did not want him living there anymore. Every night he cried himself to sleep as he fought the pain of hunger. Wherever he turned, there were beatings and rejection. His childhood was spent looking for shelter and food.
5 Scholastic Tips with Scolastica
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.
Please Don’t Tell Him; He Will Kill Us
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.
Milton is Graduating and Wants to Thank YOU!
My name is Milton. I am 18 years old and the second born in a family of five children. My parents are not able to find work so they depend on a small garden to feed our family. I grew up in a small rural village.