Meet Harriet

Aged 10, Kenya

Harriet lives with both her siblings and parents in their own home. Her father is a former public transport driver who retired after he had a road accident and got a permanent injury on his right leg. As a result he can neither drive a vehicle nor stand straight. Her mother is now the sole income provider and works as a casual labourer. Harriet's younger brother is in grade one at a different school and her sister is just a baby. 

Harriet's parents have a home that is spacious enough for all the family members with a toilet safe to use. They fetch and use firewood for cooking and they have a well in their compound that has clean usable water. They get their drinking water from here and during the dry season they collect it from a stream. They have to boil all the water before drinking it. The family has one cow that was given to them by their neighbour so that the children can have milk to drink. Whenever she earns some money her priority is to attend to household needs first, then to pay the school fees and finally to pay the medical bills for her husband's medical needs. She has tried vegetable farming and says that it has good returns if she could access seedlings and pesticides.

Harriet is very confident and very sure of herself. She stands tall and is not intimidated in the presence of others. She loves playing netball with her friends. Harriet loves learning the Kiswahili language in class and enjoys going to Sunday school and presenting songs at church. She would like to be a doctor when she grows up.

Where Harriet lives

The Open Arms project is joining the Stand by Me family in January 2022. Open Arms International was founded in 2006 to meet the immediate needs of orphaned and abandoned children in western Kenya who were suffering from a wide variety of life-threatening diseases. After the 2008 political violence left thousands of children orphaned, abandoned and homeless, the project grew to support more children. Today, the Open Arms Village is now home to over 150 children with 10 purpose-built family homes.

How your donation is used

92% of your donation will be used to directly provide the best care possible for Harriet. We’ll use the remaining 8% to support the work of Stand by Me and find a sponsor for the next child.

What you receive

When you sponsor Harriet you will receive a pack in the post with his story and photo. Every year you will receive an update about his/her progress, a new photo and at least one communication from him/her.

Real relationship

We know our kids love to receive your letters and write back so we encourage you to write as many letters as you like, along with photos and birthday gifts to develop a genuine relationship.

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