12 May Alex’s Story: Building A Solid Future
by Saggiah Wright, Lahash Partnership Development Coordinator
Saggiah Wright is our Partnership Development Coordinator, based in Kenya and working with all our partner ministries across East Africa. We are thankful for his investment in the lives of the children, especially as they grow into young adults and transition into vocational training or higher education. Our thanks to Saggiah for sharing the following story with us, about a young man named Alex who is gaining marketable skills in a field he enjoys!
Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. Isaiah 43:19
In Tanzania, the school exams that occur at the end of primary school (Class 7) are of utmost importance in determining the future direction of a young person’s life. Pupils who do not score high enough in their Class 7 final year exams have very slim chances to continue their academic education. Stringent policies make retaking exams, repeating classes, or progressing to the next level (secondary school) almost impossible. More aggravating is the fact that those who aren’t educated past Class 7 can’t compete well in the job market due to lack of skills and credentials, hence they mostly end up doing low-wage unskilled jobs that make it hard to escape poverty-level living. It is quite amazing how Lahash and its partners serve children with so much love and are not willing to give up on any of them, no matter what.
Alex, a teenage kid in the Lahash Sponsorship Program at Path Of Hope is one such student whose performance on Class 7 exams did not leave him fortunate enough to join secondary school. All through childhood, Alex has been living with his grandmother and his uncle who is disabled. Alex’s grandmother and uncle have no jobs. The uncle’s source of income is through begging for assistance along the streets of their hometown.
When Alex realized that his formal education would not be progressing beyond Class 7, he almost lost hope of being able to improve his family’s situation. But the program staff at Path Of Hope did not lose hope in him! They helped him find a vocational training program, and for more than two years now, Alex has been apprenticing at a local workshop where he is learning skills in welding and fabrication. So far Alex is doing well and has fairly mastered the trade!
In due time after gathering enough skills, Alex wishes to open his own workshop. He looks forward to supporting himself and the rest of his family through a business that benefits the local community.
Needy children are like little fruit bearing trees. They require a range of care procedures in order to grow to full maturity and become sources of blessing to their families and communities. Vocational and higher education programs bridge gaps to bring significant changes in the lives of needy children so that their adult lives can have a level of stability they never knew in their early years. It makes a difference! Such is the kind of solid and beautiful hope that Lahash, in collaboration with its ministry partners, is imparting to children and young adults in East Africa.
I’m thankful for having this welding training. I hope to have a great future. Thank you to Lahash and my sponsor! Pray for my health and my family, and for my future dream of having my own welding business! – Alex