In June of 1992, Annet was born in Uganda, a country bordering Kenya. Her mother was Ugandan, but her father was a member of the Maasai tribe— an East African nomadic tribe. Her family already had three boys and a girl, and she was her parents’ fifth child.
Before she was old enough to understand, her father began to slowly die from AIDs. It was devastating for her as a young child to watch her father gradually lose his strength and eventually die. At the tender age of six, Annet experienced this horror again when her mother also became fatally ill with AIDS. Day by day, Annet and her siblings worked to keep their mother alive as well as to care for themselves. Soon however, it was obvious that her mother’s shriveling body and declining health could not fight the disease any longer. Before Annet was seven years old, both of her parents were dead, and she was an orphan.
After her mother’s funeral, a relative came and took Annet and her siblings to care for them. They traveled to Nairobi, Kenya together, but soon the five of them found themselves alone in the large capitol city. They had been abandoned.
Now forced to live in the streets, Annet had to find a way to survive. Not long after, she became separated from her siblings and has never seen them since. She was left truly alone in the strange and vast city of Nairobi. The only way she stayed alive was by begging for food and picking through garbage like countless other street children.
Thankfully, in 2003, Annet came to Gethsemane. After being with us for two years and after hearing the message of Jesus Christ, she approached Ruth – our home mother – and asked how to become a true born again Christian. Praise God, she is now a sister in Christ!
By His amazing grace God worked a miracle in this girl’s life, taking her full circle from being an orphan without a home to becoming His child in the Gethsemane home. Annet has since graduated from our home and is now married with three children. She is actively involved in a local church and is now teaching her children about God’s grace. Please pray that God, through sponsorships and support, will continue to use our home to transform the lives of other children.