Joel is 1st in class. And not just any class – a class of 52 students, overcrowded by the former owner of the school. All graduating now from primary at Watoto, some hoping to be sponsored for high school.
Learning has not been easy for any of the children in this class, and it is a credit to Joel that he has done so well. But if he has no support for secondary school, he may be tossed back into poverty and despair with little hope for work and little hope for a future.
He has received some funding to get him started, but this is a boy who could go a long way. We need to find a permanent sponsor for him – through all of high school, and if he does well, through a vocational program or university course depending on his strengths and interest. He has the ability to lift himself out of poverty – but he needs help.
Joel’s mother works at home, trying to plant enough food in their small garden to feed everyone the six children.
His father is a security guard near the border with South Sudan – far away from home, from his children, from the school – and working there can be dangerous.
Without help, his future stops here.