Exam Results Are In!

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The Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) results of the nearly half million test takers have been released and the first graduating class of OneLife Africa students have done exceptionally well! We are so proud of their hard work and thankful to God for carrying them through this incredibly difficult exam.

Of the 29 OLA students, 3 scored in the top 1% in the nation and nearly all were among the top 15% of test takers. OneLife Africa students scored an average of B+ while Kenyan students nationwide averaged a C-. This puts OneLife students in a good place to attend university — something that will not be possible for the large majority of high school graduates. In Kenya, there is a very limited number of available spots in universities meaning that only the best and brightest are given the opportunity to continue their education beyond high school in the public subsidized university system.

Now that the KCSE results are in, OneLife students will begin to receive invitations to study at public universities across the country. Their results will also determine what they are able to study. During their last term of high school, students rank courses of study that they are interested in by preference. After their KCSE results are released, they are able to re-rank these preferences. They will then be invited to study a specific course at a specific university. Certain courses, such as medicine, engineering, and law, are reserved for the top few percent of test takers. This is another reason why the KCSE results are so critical. Unlike in many other countries, students cannot just choose any major they wish.

For OneLife students, this success means so much because four years ago most were on the verge of dropping out of school before OneLife Africa offered mentoring and tuition support to them. In their joy they have expressed gratitude to God, supporters, mentors and teachers who sacrificially gave, prayed and encouraged them through high school. Now they can start planning their futures and begin preparing for the next step. Please pray for wisdom as they begin revising their course of study rankings and for peace as they start to receive offers from universities. This is the beginning of another important chapter in their young lives and OneLife will continue to walk alongside them. We know that these stories of inspiration, transformation and hope are written because of sacrificial support, mentoring and dedication.

To the class of 2014, we want to congratulate each one of you! Your success is well beyond any expectations and we are incredibly proud of each one of you.

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7 Ways to Pray for OneLife Africa

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1. The class of 2018

This will be the first year of high school for our newest class. It’s an excited time, but it can also be a challenging time. Just the academic side of attending a boarding high school in Kenya can be overwhelming. Each of the students are very bright, but they are now competing with some of the top students in the country. In addition to class work, the students will face other challenges. For most of them, this year will be the first time that they’re living apart from their families. Many didn’t know anyone at the school when they began and they will have to learn to live and study with other students from many different backgrounds, tribes, and values. We pray that, for the class of 2018, this will be a year of growth and that they would find good friends and mentors who can help them make the most of these next four years.

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2. Continuing OneLife Africa Students

We also ask for prayer for the nearly 100 OLA students who have begun 10th, 11th, and 12th grade this year. We pray that they will continue to be diligent in their studies, follow Jesus more closely, love one another and shine the Light of Jesus in their various schools. We want to lift up each of those who have been chosen to fulfill leadership roles in their schools — that they would have wisdom in dealing with difficult situations, that they would be good examples to those looking up to them, and that they would be able to fulfill all their responsibilities with joy and grace.

3. Recent OLA graduates

At the end of this month, the class of 2014 will receive their Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) results. Their performance on this extensive exam will determine whether they will attend university, what they can study, and their future job prospects. In Kenya, most high school graduates are not given the opportunity to study at a university. And that decision is based solely on the KCSE results and the Kenya University Joint Admission Board. OneLife Africa’s first graduating class has been awaiting their scores for three months. Most don’t feel like they’ve even graduated from high school until they receive these results. Our hope is that each and every student will have performed well. However, we also want to pray that, whatever the results, God’s purpose in each of the students lives will be fulfilled and that they would have peace with the outcome. We are unbelievably proud of them and what they have already accomplished!

4. The Onguka Family & the Bridge Board

Andrew, Stephanie and little Jonathan are the engine behind OneLife Africa. 2015 will bring several important changes in their lives and we pray that they will continue to be guided and blessed along the way. We also pray that the board, along with Andrew and Stephanie, would have clarity and wisdom in all of their decisions in the upcoming year.

5. The Student Leadership Center

This year will mark the greatest endeavor of OneLife thus far, developing and building the OneLife Leadership Institute. A residential, intentional community where recent high school graduates can spend their gap year receiving discipleship, life-skills training, and participate in community service. The plans are being finalized for the center which will include classrooms, student dorms and visitors quarters, just to name a few. There will also be chickens, goats, sheep, a garden and maybe even some fish farming. This is incredibly exciting! It is also a giant undertaking. We know that it is where we’re supposed to be but we’d appreciate prayer for guidance and resources necessary to make this happen.

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6. Safety and security

The security situation in Kenya has greatly improved but there are still tragedies that happen from time time. We pray for the leaders here, that God would guide their decisions and protect innocent lives. We also ask for prayer for the protection of our students and their families. Many of them live in poor communities where safety is a constant concern. We want to ask a special blessing on those students who are either living alone, or with young siblings, or who don’t really have a place to call home.

7. Thanksgiving

As we begin our 5th year as OneLife Africa, we feel so blessed. We are so grateful and excited to see how God is working through OneLife Africa. Each day, we are privileged to walk alongside and witness the joy of young people who have regained hope and there is no greater reward. For this we want to say thank you to God for His blessings on this ministry.

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The Year in Review: Hallelujah Toffee

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​​The energetic all-volunteer crew at Hallelujah Toffee welcomed 2015 year with a resounding, “Hallelujah!” after a very productive 2014 toffee season. They cooked 3,000 pounds of candy, and every pound was stirred by hand (no machinery) before being delicately topped with generous layers of fair-trade chocolate and roasted almonds. Then, with the coordination of approximately 60 volunteers over three weekends, over 4,500 boxes of toffee were packed. Mostly through word-of-mouth and social media, the news spread – Hallelujah Toffee was open for business this holiday season.

The taste, the mission, the OneLife scholars – all good reasons supporters had for purchasing or sharing the vision far and wide. Before they knew it, they were shipping boxes of toffee all over the USA. And now, after another year of the seasonal endeavor, the tireless work of the volunteers was blessed financially as all of the students will enjoy another year of full scholarship (including room, board, holiday camp, medical emergency fund, and education supplies).

At OneLife Africa, we are so humbled by the hard-work, generosity, and love shown by all the volunteers and supporters of Hallelujah Toffee. We could not be more grateful to be in partnership with Hallelujah Toffee volunteers. Thank you all for supporting our students and ensuring their futures! Here is a little glimpse into this remarkable endeavor:

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Happy New Year from OneLife Africa

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In a quiet village in rural Kenya, a group of 80 OneLife Africa students and recent graduates gathered next to a traditional mud hut with a grass roof. The hands of others were stretched out towards them and shaky voices were lifted up to heaven in prayer. The students were about to head their separate ways after a camp put on by OneLife and volunteers from the United States. While it was a blessed time, sending OneLife Africa high school graduates back to difficult situations was far from easy.

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In Kenya, high school graduates have a gap year between high school and college while they wait for test scores and admittance into universities. OneLife Africa students who come from slums and poor rural communities return to their homes after four years of living in the protected environment of boarding schools. Others, have no home to return to at all. Most graduates face boredom, peer pressure, and bad influences.

These are just some of the challenges we had to send our students back to. We entrusted them into the hands of our loving God, but it broke our hearts. As a new year begins, we look towards what it will hold for us as an organization. OneLife Africa came into existence four years ago to walk alongside bright, but needy young people during a critical transition time in their lives. The goal: to see students who are highly educated, lovingly mentored, and self-reliant. This vision is what drives us each and every day. There are days when it’s hard, there are days when it’s tiring, but it’s the days when we hear and see that OneLife is making a difference that makes it all worth it.

We have been so blessed to have incredible support from our families, churches, friends, board, and well wishers who believe in our mission. Because of the unending prayer, generosity, and kindness of these individuals, we have seen amazing things happen over these past four years. Most notably this year, the graduation of our first class of high school students. We are also in the process of selecting our newest class of students to join the OneLife family.

Progress towards our goal is being made, particularly in education. This year, however, another chapter begins. Several years ago, the idea of a student leadership center was just that, an idea, a vision. This month, the OneLife team, volunteers, and students worked side-by-side on the land that will become the OneLife Leadership Institute. One of the primary focuses of 2015 will be to get the student leadership center built and ready to accommodate our next class of students. Our hope is that we will never again have to send students away to bad situations. We envision a residential place where they cannot only survive, but grow; in faith, as leaders, and gain practical knowledge and valuable life-skills to influence positive change in their communities.

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We are trusting God that, this dream will become a reality in 2015. Students and volunteers alike worked to get the property fenced, a care-takers house built, and trees planted over the past several weeks. In April, phase one of construction will begin. This will provide housing and classrooms for the students. A kitchen, dining hall, and volunteer quarters will also be eventually built. Gardens, farm animals, and fisheries will make the center self-sufficient. The curriculum will include intensive discipleship training, computer classes, community outreach, and essential life-skills training.

This is the hope for OneLife Africa. The OneLife Leadership Institute will directly help achieve the mission of developing young people who are highly educated, lovingly mentored, and self-reliant. Supporting students through high school is important and this will continue to be a main priority for us. However, we can do more. This new endeavor is a giant leap of faith, but one that Christ is guiding at each turn. In this new year, we are excited to see what new challenges and blessings await as we embark on this journey.

This new year, we invite you to partner with us on this journey. Tax deductible financial donations can be sent to: Bridge Ministries P.O.Box 1958, Minden, NV 89423. Please indicate whether you would like your donation to go to the student leadership center. Happy new year and God bless!

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Hope & Suffering: The Backwards Poem

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This week, eighteen volunteers from the U.S. arrived to put on a discipleship camp for OneLife Africa students. Before heading to a village in rural Kenya for camp, the team spent a day visiting students’ homes in Mathare, one of the oldest and worst slums in Africa. Recent OneLife graduates, Form 4 leavers as they are called in Kenya, were given the responsibility of taking small groups around the slum and showing them their homes. So, in the late morning, a couple dozen giddy OneLife students welcomed the newly arrived American team with joy and laughter. Each student was so excited to share their lives and their stories with visitors who have been praying for them from half a world away.

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This was their first visit to Mathare for some team members while others were returning for the second or third time. Each person is struck by different things and experiences different emotions after a visit like this. There are, however, impressions that are common among visitors. For this particular team, the three words that kept coming up were dignity, hope and gratitude. The fact that these are present in a place as difficult as Mathare speaks volumes about the character of the students and their families and about the God we worship.

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Despite the unmistakeable presence of happiness amidst the suffering in the slums, it is hard for those of us coming from developed countries and blessed families to understand how joy can coexist with the kind of conditions in Mathare. The living conditions amidst open sewers and makeshift shelters is indescribable. Seeing people who don’t even have basic resources praise God and trust in Him is awe inspiring but, it can also be difficult to square with our conception of God.

One of the volunteers, Mason, struggled with this tension. Below is a poem written by him. It can be read backwards or forwards.

Backwards Poem

The pain is so clear to see
It’s written on the men, women, and children
They don’t have to say anything but
Yet their silence speaks volumes,
I wish I knew what to say
Because I feel emotions swirling but
I feel more like I’m drowning than refreshed
As I continue to wrestle and
Mull over these tears if my heart
I must put my trust in the one who knows I
Search for answers because
He knows all his children
As I continue my time in Kenya I trust
He is in control and working

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Experiencing the suffering in the slums is heart breaking but there is hope. This hope was evident as the 18 volunteers from the U.S. Lovingly served and mentored OneLife students over the 5 day camp where they learned about forgiveness, respect, and the power of prayer. Seeing God’s love expressed to young people who have suffered so much gives us a glimpse of what awaits in heaven. As. C.S. Lewis wrote, we are reminded that “There are far, far better things ahead than any we have left behind.”

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The Kenya Certificate of Primary Education Results

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Have you ever taken a really important test? One you spent years preparing for and staying up nights thinking about? Do you remember the feeling that day you woke up knowing the the results were coming that day? This morning many young Kenyan students experienced that same feeling. For some, it was one of the best days of their lives, for others, it was devastating.

Today, the Ministry of Education released the results of the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education exams and the future of 889,000 primary school graduates has been decided. Most of these students are no more than 14-years-old, yet, the results of the K.C.P.E exams will determine the rest Of their lives.

The K.C.P.E. is a difficult 3 day exam that covers a variety of subjects, Math, English, Kiswahili, Science and Social Studies. Each student is then given a single score which will either gain them invitation to join high school or end their formal education. It is truly a life-changing day for these young students. of their lives.

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For those students who didn’t pass the exams, there are only two options: Repeating primary school hoping for a better grade next year this time or looking towards casual labor jobs. If they do not get invited to study at a high school, their future career options are limited to being a construction worker, security guard, or other jobs that have high unemployment and are not paid well. Of the nearly 900,000 students, over 200,000 students fall into this category. At 14-years-old, their formal educational future is decided.

Even scoring well on the K.C.P.E., however, is no guarantee that students will have the opportunity to attend high school because high schools in Kenya are not free but fee based. There are many highly intelligent, but needy students who simply do not have the funds or family support to pay the yearly school fees. High schools in Kenya are categorized according to the students who will be selected to attend those schools: national high schools only admit the top students, followed by county high schools, then district high schools and other local village schools. Students must be invited to join high school; the selection criteria is based on the students’ academic performance and their choice of school.

The top students will be selected first to join one of the 105 National high schools of their choice. Once students are selected and invited to high school, they must come up with the necessary tuition charged by the schools and prepare to leave their families and move to study in these boarding schools. This is a major transition because, at 14 years, these students must learn to be independent and concentrate on their studies to begin preparing themselves for university entrance exams at the end of their four years of high school.

Because of the challenges mentioned above, for the last four years, OneLife Africa has been offering education scholarships to bright but needy students, mentoring them through life transitions and equipping them to serve in their communities. Each year, we interview top performers (those who scored in the top 5%) on the K.C.P.E. and offer scholarships to students from poor families who demonstrate leadership potential in their life.

In addition to financial assistance, each student also receives mentoring through quarterly impact mentoring camps, one-on-one guidance and counseling time, support and supervised community service projects. The students are also introduced to the global family through exchanging of letters with their supporters. Being in a new, challenging environment away from their families can be difficult. The mentoring they receive is designed to equip them to be successful academically and socially while growing in their faith and becoming leaders themselves.

Today, we ask for prayer. Prayer for future OneLife scholars. Prayer for current and future OneLife Africa financial supporters. Prayer for those students who will get invited to high school who will soon leave the comfort of home and become global citizens. And prayer for those who did not make it. We also ask for prayer, as we interview and select the new OneLife Africa students in the coming weeks, that we would have the wisdom to select those who would benefit the most from the program.

The Hope Effect

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Last night we were asked in an interview about the impact that OneLife Africa has had on the communities we serve. Before we started back in 2011, we knew that high school scholarships would be life changing to the students enrolled in the program. But we never anticipated that simply knowing an organization like ours exists would affect an entire school population or community. Call it the Hope Effect.

In Mathare slum there are a few top performing primary (elementary) schools where parents/guardians fight for their children to secure a spot. They are not public schools or even well funded private schools—they are some of the many informal slum schools that receive minimal support and recognition from the government and run operations solely on a small school fee collected from parents. For the past five years, dedicated teachers and administrators in these schools have ensured that their 8th graders perform well on the national standardized exam, hoping that top-performers would be enrolled into the OneLife Africa program.

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This year we are reminded that the Christmas story is really one about hope. God chose a most humble entry into the world to bring hope in the form of a person- Jesus, His son and our promised Savior. Though his coming was foretold, even after his birth the world would wait another 30 years to see how the story unfolds in a way they never expected. But the announcement of “good news . . . great joy . . . for all people” to lonesome shepherds in Bethlehem was the fulfillment of a promise and the hope we all need.

May your Christmas be one filled with hope as we trust in the goodness of God.

“And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts” Romans 5:5

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Hellen’s Story

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Each of us has a story. It is the sum total of our experiences: good, bad, joyous, painful. Only through sharing our stories can we truly be understood in a deep and personal way. Despite its importance, most of us are not taught how to share our stories. This is especially true for OneLife Africa students.

Every one of our students comes from a difficult background. They all come from very underserved communities and most have experienced the loss of a parent, or other close family member, the separation of their parents, or unfair treatment by those who should be protecting them. Yet, in spite of all of this, they have risen to unimaginable heights.

One of our goals at OneLife Africa is to help our students learn to share and appreciate their incredible stories of redemption and hope. We are encouraging them in this by sharing their stories, in their words.

Hellen joined OneLife Africa three years ago and will begin her last year of high school after the holidays. She was a top-performer in primary and continues to excel in high school, probably largely owing to her awe-inspiring positivity and remarkable work ethic. Several weeks ago, she wrote about her life experiences. This is Hellen’s story.

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Mine is a story of hope, a change in perception of life. My name is Hellen. I’m a follower of Jesus Christ. I live in Ngong Town-Kenya which happens to be my home since birth. I was born on the 15th of May 1998, the second born in a family of four.

I began going to school in Emmanuel school which was then a small establishment. Learning in school was not a walk in the park as my school fees debt had grown even larger. One day the headteacher sent me away and told me to stay at home until I managed to get all the fees I owed the school. My dad’s very close friend was a doctor had been assisting our family one way or another with school fees and even food to eat.

Dad still could not fully support us as he did not have a job. Mum tried through thick and thin to uphold the family and even improve our status. Her sewing job significantly helped us. Sadly, my dad’s best friend who was a founder of a small community organization, passed on, thus leaving behind a legacy that would be hard to continue and due to economical hardship, MANCOM, which he worked on with so much hope, diminished and was later closed down. It was really a struggle to make ends meet.

All hope seemed lost when I was sent home for five months in order to complete school fees. This also took place during post election violence. I was removed from my school and was taken to a public school where my health and performance in school deteriorated and took the worse turns.
Just when the world seemed crumbling, my mother had an accident where she fell into a neglected sewage stream from a nearby manhole, this wasn’t so pleasant. The chemicals and materials contaminated her wound and flowed into her bloodstream which in turn affected her kidneys. Her life was saved although she was immobilised for sometime. Dad tried his very best to sustain us.

A pastor from church, who is also my Godfather, helped us in one way in school fees where I was transferred to a better school and also in other pressing basic needs. Though with a few hitches, I completed my primary school and God rewarded me with 374 out of the possible 500 marks on the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education exam, or the K.C.P.E.

My experience in primary was a foreshadow of what a disaster my high school life would be if we did not get economically stable. My dad time to time worked at REM, and Rev. Shadrack Ogembo referred us to OneLife Africa which lit the so dimmed light in my life. In high school, I have gotten to learn more and, from intermingling with the students, I have been uplifted in many areas. As the peer counsellor in our class I have gotten to help other students change their view of life for the better.

My life has greatly improved, through academic scholarship that allows me to attend a top boarding school without worrying about school fees, the OnelIfe Africa Holiday impact camps and mentorship, I have socialized with many people who are gifted and have clear direction in life. I thank OneLife Africa family for not only guiding me through the journey of changing my perspective in life, from a place of hopelessness to a sense of gratitude and hope

By Hellen ‘15

Hallelujah Toffee

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With just two weeks until Christmas Day, as you are finishing your holiday shopping, baking, and planning, the all-volunteer team at Hallelujah Toffee is finishing their own cooking. The production stages of stirring hot, buttery toffee and melting smooth, fair-trade chocolate are completed— at least for this year. Now that nearly 3,000 pounds of rich, nutty toffee has been carefully handmade and packaged, it will be sold across the United States and 100% of the profits will go to support OneLife Africa student scholarships. Last year, Hallelujah Toffee was able to support 15 OneLife students; this year, they hope to add new students to their Christmas scholarship list! IMG_0957.JPG
Hallelujah Toffee started as a small mother-daughter team making toffee from a family recipe in Carson Valley, Nevada, USA, with the intention of financing the tuition of a family member who was completing graduate work. That passion for education paired with a genuine love for children and a calling to serve God has developed over the last thirteen years, until Hallelujah Toffee has grown into a major enterprise with over 50 volunteers. Their goal is threefold: to provide education scholarships to bright but needy students through OLA, to communicate the stories, and the potential, of OneLife Africa students, and, in doing so, to ultimately bring glory to God.

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Volunteers continue to expend their time, skills, and ingenuity to producing, packaging, and delivering Hallelujah Toffee near and far. Even children with a heart to help OneLife students participate by folding boxes, tying twine, and stacking completed product. Although this nonprofit endeavor is a laborious, and at times, even an overwhelming task, the volunteers persevered over the last several months with joyful hearts and ready hands. And now, as Christmas Day inches closer and closer, they enter the last stage of the season’s work with that joy – His joy! – as they sell and distribute packages of toffee all over the United States.

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At OneLife Africa, we are unspeakably grateful to be in partnership with Hallelujah Toffee. If you are looking for a special gift for your loved ones or simply enjoy melt-in-your-mouth toffee, you can learn more about Hallelujah Toffee and order at: www.HallelujahToffee.org. Or, if you’d like to convey their vision to others, you can share their story on social media. If you find yourself in their neck of the woods, from the littlest child to the most able-bodied cook, heartfelt volunteers collect each autumn to begin the unwrapping of this new, well-loved Christmas tradition all over again.

From the kitchen crew at Hallelujah Toffee, we hear their oft-repeated sentiments: “Thank you, OLA, for giving us the perfect outlet to use our toffee-making gifts. What a miracle, that God can use everything, even whimsical candy for His purposes, and for His glory!”

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#GivingTuesday

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In 2012, 92nd Street Y and the United Nations Foundation started Giving Tuesday. Tomorrow is Giving Tuesday, a global day for giving back.

OneLife Africa witnesses the power of giving each and every day. The stories of hope and redemption that our students share with us are a direct result of the generosity of our supporters around the world.

In honor of this day, Felix, a recent OneLife Africa high school graduate, wrote a little something to express the impact of the program on his life. We hope it touches you as much as it did us.

In the saddest hour
In the weakest moment
In the darkest of nights
In the tempest of storms
In times of despair
When all hope seemed lost

Like a ray of light
Appears from the sky above
Bringing light to the unfathomable darkness
That covered our lives
You strengthened our weak bones
Wiped the sadness off our faces

And now we rise
like a phoenix from a bottomless abyss
Laden with hopes and dreams
Visions, missions and aspirations
With futures brighter than stars
That illuminate the night

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The OneLife Africa organization has invested both time and money into the lives of many bright but needy students. It has been able to put more than 100 students from Mathare slums and other under resourced communities across Kenya into top, reputable High Schools in the country. This has given the students a chance to pick up their shattered dreams and dare to dream again.

Through its mentorship programme, the organization has been able to provide the students with a platform to showcase their talents and better their lives. The majority of students have taken up senior leadership positions in their schools and are exceling in their academic work.

As the first bunch of OneLife mentees graduate from high school this year, they are ladden with dreams. Dreams of becoming Doctors, Engineers, Lawyers, Economists just to name a few. These graduates believe that they are the new face of Kenya and Africa as a whole and the world should watch out for them.

They can now hope, because someone placed their hopes in them, they can now believe, because someone believed in them and they can now dare to dream, because someone saw their dreams and decided to help make them come true.

Thank you One Life Africa for making it possible.

By Felix Omondi ‘14

The cost of sponsoring a student through OneLife is $1000 a year. Have you decided where you’re giving on this day? To support the OneLife Scholarship and Mentoring program this Giving Tuesday to give students a chance to shine, give today at: OneLife Africa