All About Forgiveness

February 23rd, 2019|

We write to define who we are, to feel proud and to draw strength from our words. Vivian of Mogonjet Secondary School in Bomet County, Kenya writes about reaching inside herself in order to forgive someone she loves and about what happened the moment she let go of her hurt.
Vivian starts her essay writing about the trouble she has keeping friends, about her insecurities in social settings, before mentioning her father and his drinking problem. She remembers violent times and fearing for her mother’s safety, years she felt robbed of her innocence and happiness.
It took one afternoon and the words "I’m sorry" to change everything. Her father promised never to drink again. “With tears in our eyes, we got up and hugged him affectionately. My mother’s excitement embraced him and the glitter in her eyes told us that she still loved him. This is me.”
Forgiveness should not be extended so far that it becomes unhealthy. It is a road to healing and a reminder that we are not perfect. Our world would be a broken place without kindness in the form of forgiveness and the hope that comes with second chances.
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A Girl’s Education

April 13th, 2017|


Dalphone was born into a polygamous family, the first child. Upon her birth, her first gasp for air, social norms declared her unworthy of respect, even unlucky, because she wasn’t a he. Before she could learn to walk, she learned rejection from her community and extended family.

Dalphone’s parents, however, accepted her and allowed her to attend the local public school. Dalphone walked a long distance to and from her primary school, poorly dressed, poorly fed, and through the bush, where the threat of encountering wild animals was real. She writes in her essay that she’d rather be eaten then not go to school, and if she was meant to go to school then she wouldn’t be eaten. This faith gave her the courage to keep walking.

Dalphone worked hard in primary school, earning admittance into Lenana Girls’ High School in Kitale, Kenya, where she stays as a boarder, away from hurtful stigmas. She’s in her third year at Lenana and hopes to become a journalist.

To read Dalphone’s essay, click on the images below: