Name of the caregiver: Atieno
Name of the child: Tom
Childs Date of Birth: 11th -5- 2013
My name is Atieno, I am a single mother of one child aged 2 years and 8 months. I come from a very humble family of eight, comprising of my mother, 3 siblings and four Cousins who are total orphans. My father died when I was 8 years old. My mother who depends on casual labour raised all of us single handedly , in a one roomed house in Mathare slums of Ngong, where we are still staying up to date. My mother is staunch catholic faithful who sings in the church choir, due to her commitment in church, I was lucky to get scholarship from the church, through high School. The church also assured my family that after high school it would still sponsor me to do a catering course which I always dreamed of pursuing since I was a small child. I looked forward to a bright future for me and my entire Family. I longed for the day I would move them from the slums to a better place. Just like any other teenager growing up in a slum set up and having seen the financial difficulties my mum was experiencing to raise us, I started engaging in multiple relationship to get some Money to sustain my Family. My mother advised me against it, but being Young and stupid, I got rebellious towards my mother who was really struggling to provide for us. She tried all her best to seek counseling and mentorship especially from church , but I was adamant. The year 2012 was a great year for me as I looked forward to finishing my high school and joining catering college to ease the burden for my struggling mother. In august 2012, I was impregnant by a certain man, who I came to learn later the was a thug. He threatened to kill me if I disclosed to anybody and told me he was not responsible for my pregnancy. I was embarrassed , depressed and did not know what to tell my mother given that she had cautioned me before. I thought of my scholarship, my future ambitions and felt that my world had crambled. I however managed to pull through and sat for my Kenya certificate of secondary school education in the same year and attained a mean grade of D PLUS.
Meanwhile I was still contemplating where I would leave my child as I pursue my catering course which I was determined to do no matter what. I confided in my mother’s friend of my worries of not achieving my dreams since I had to take care of my child . My mothers friend refered me to Jukumu letu daycare, where my child was admitted. I suddenly felt relieved and started dreaming again and loving the child whom I was ashamed and hated so much.
Tom was enrolled in Jukumu in early 2014, as I had to start my course too, To me Jukumu means a bright future for me, my son, my siblings and my mother, good environment where my child can grow holistically in a loving secure environment without being discriminated by his social status. With Tom in Jukumu Letu, I’m sure that he receives quality care and most importantly a balanced diet for him during the day. Jukumu Letu means less stress for me as I continue pursing education. THANK YOU JUKUMU FOR BEING THEIR FOR TEENAGE MOTHERS LIKE ME AND HELPING THEM REALIZE THEIR POTENTIAL.