Joseph is currently a sixth-grade student at MOHI’s Napuu center. He grew up in a low-income family affected by quite a number of cases of disease and a vicious cycle of poverty. The unbearable situation has forced the family to live from hand-to-mouth and, in many cases, sleep on empty stomachs. His father is the family’s breadwinner, working as a casual laborer. They are often not able to afford more than one meal in a day.
The family’s economic situation has interfered with the children’s psychological state. Things got worse when Joseph’s parents and siblings were diagnosed to be immune-suppressed. MOHI staff took this with a lot of concern and with the seriousness it deserves. These children were enrolled immediately into the MOHI program and admitted for formal schooling at MOHI. Guidance and counseling for the family by the outreach team has seen the family change from a dependent family to a self-sustaining family.
Joseph, however, felt upset when he reached fifth grade, looking back at his home and realizing that his family needed more hands to fend for their survival. He has, on many occasions, attempted to drop out of school and join his father on his casual jobs, but our interventions have yielded more fruits than one can imagine. Joseph is now stable in school, one of the first beneficiaries of our boarding facilities, and he is a happy soul. His siblings, Irene and David, joined him at the boarding school as well.