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Defying the Odds

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Due to the suffering many children have endured before coming to House of Martha, they need a special learning environment.   The Terry Wood Memorial School gives each child the individual encouragement and support they so desperately need.

Children arrive at House of Martha severely traumatized.  They may have seen their parents die, or may have been turned out of their family home or abandoned.  Many of them have been living on the streets, or in abusive situations, sometimes for years.   Some of them have never been to school.  They are unable to function in a normal school situation and need a special learning environment.   The Dr. Terry Wood Memorial School gives each child the individual encouragement and support they so desperately need.

One of the children at this school is Purity.  She writes her story:

“My name is Purity. I have one sister and one brother. I lived with my mother and father and two siblings. I can’t remember how old I was when my parents died, but I miss them very much. I went to live with my aunt who was very mean to me. She would beat me up and call me names. I cried everyday and wanted to run away. I always wondered why she picked on me and hated me so much. I was tired of being mistreated. Some sterry_wood_plaqueocial workers heard my story and came to help me. They took me, asked me questions and then brought me to the house of Martha. I am now 10 years old and in grade 1. I love to play soccer. My position is no-4 and I like playing with my friends. When I grow up I want to be a teacher and have my own family with two children; 1 boy and 1 girl. Right now I’m happy here. I don’t want to go back to my aunt’s house, because I am afraid she will beat me up again. I don’t want such a life.”

Although Purity had not been to school before, she is progressing quickly at the Terry Wood School.  She can already read simple stories and is learning her multiplication tables.  She no longer has nightmares and loves to sing and participate in devotions – and especially loves to play soccer.

To make a donation to the Dr. Terry Wood Memorial School, click on DONATE, then choose dONATESCHOOLS: WOOD MEMORIAL from the drop-down list. Annie

Annie Kamana, Head of Terry Wood School, has been teaching for 40 years. Read her story.

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