Education, FROM THE FIELD

Because his mother couldn’t get healthcare

As a child, Peter struggled. Like his friends in the Githogoro slum, he had no healthcare. He hardly had anything, in fact.

But his little heart struggled, too, watching his mother, who needed healthcare, go without it. It’s a burden he has carried for 15 years.

Today, he’s doing something about it.

Peter now volunteers at the health clinic behind New Dawn Educational Centre as a newly minted graduate in clinical medicine. His journey to today is astounding, and we’re even more excited about what he wants to do next.

Peter grew up Githogoro, a slum in Nairobi. His single mother raised him and his brothers and sisters. Often, he felt he needed to support his mother, even at a very young age.

But he and his mother knew that school mattered. So, when Peter had the opportunity to attend primary school, his mother supported him. He took his primary exam at the age of 14, and did well.

The next challenge: his mother could not afford secondary school. So Peter tried to get a job to earn some money. He was too small to do the labor jobs. At the time, it felt like an obstacle to supporting his family. As it turned out, Peter’s future held something different.

After two years of continuing his search for work, Peter heard of New Dawn Educational Centre, a new secondary school designed to help students in his exact situation. He attended a Vision conference there, which helped him and his peers dream about their future. That conference opened the door for Peter to become part of the first New Dawn class of students.

It rolled from there: Peter graduated from New Dawn in 2009, enrolled at The Presbyterian University of East Africa in 2010, thanks to a New Dawn scholarship, and took his final exam in 2014. He graduated second in his class, and is now a Clinical Officer, which is the equivalent of a Nurse Practitioner in the U.S.

“Despite where I come from, God has enabled me to succeed,” says Peter.

Peter’s return to helping the community where he grew up is a deep conviction. He can relate to the children he treats, because he’s been there. And he can connect with their mothers, because he once saw his mother struggle in the same way.

Today, Peter dreams of opening a facility for children and women, and he’s on his way. But for now, he’ll finish his education and make visits to the homes of mothers and children facing what he once experienced.

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