I was sponsored by ActionAid way back in 1981, when I was in class one. This sponsorship went up to 1989 when I was just joining secondary school.
My sponsorship number was K16005, and my sponsor’s name was Mr. Thomas. He was a native of Wales and lived around 150 miles from Cardiff, the capital city of Wales.
We were definitely poor. My parents were not working. So definitely when you got someone to sponsor you it was really good. It helped a lot, because if you looked at the situation at that time, we hardly even had enough to eat.
But when we were sponsored we would have lunch at school. And if you had lunch at school then you were okay, if you didn’t eat at night. So if you didn’t eat at night you are sure that you were going to have food the following day.
Twice a month we would write letters. We used to have a session for reading our letters; they would bring the letters from our sponsors. We would read them and then reply to them. They would come with writing materials – pencils and rubbers.
We would write to them (the sponsors) and tell them how we are doing. The last time that he wrote to me – in December 1988, was the time that he retired. So he told me that he had retired but busy doing some things at home. That was the last communication that I have received from him.
Through sponsorship I got a solid education foundation that propelled me to secondary where I got well wishers and government bursaries and onto university. I graduated in 1999 and currently I work as an account with Serena Hotels Kenya, based at Nairobi.
I would really like to meet him, because what he did for me is what even my father could not do. And when somebody does that for you – and has given you a strong foundation especially with education. I am somebody who needs to say a lot of thanks to him.
So I am very happy and I am sure that he will be very proud when he hears that I am doing well. He must be happy to hear from me and that’s why that I wanted to communicate with him and tell him exactly what has happened.