“It was my dream to make my own money”
Samuel was too young to remember the death of his parents, which left him and his 4 older siblings as orphans.
Unable to look after themselves, they were split up as a family and taken care of by several different relatives, who struggled to afford the extra food, clothing and school fees. Thinking back to his life then, Samuel explains it was a hard life with no money to buy things.
Samuel remembers when Seeds of Hope came into his life as a time that allowed him to go to school for the first time without worrying about not being able to afford his school fees or not having school uniform. He enjoyed writing letters to his sponsor from the UK to update them on his progress, and it was a weight off his mind knowing that there was somebody looking out for him to make sure he remained in education.
Samuel’s Story Continued
Samuel was able to successfully complete primary school, at which point he chose to train in a skill. Now aged 15, Samuel is finishing his welding training and is starting to earn his own money from small jobs with help from his tutor. He has ambitions to save up the money he is making to buy his own tools and eventually open up his own workshop.
“It was my dream to make my own money,” says Samuel, “now life is good as I have money to buy things.”
He now lives back in his village with his two older brothers and their wives, where he hopes to one day have a family of his own.
Samuel is grateful to Seeds of Hope for supporting him as he studied and trained in a skill he will be able to earn a living from, which in turn has allowed him to be reunited with his family.