Anne Sintoyia

Anne’s story is one of a girl who has gone through so much; from a personal perspective and a family perspective. Anne is only 15-years who started going to school at the age of 9. Her delay in enrolling in formal education was as a result of the deep poverty she was ensnared in which was further fueled by the hostility expressed by her extended family members towards her. When she finally began attending school, she faced challenges settling down due to the fact that she was several years older than all of her classmates. Social interactions with her classmates were problematic to Anne and as a result she much preferred to play and socialize with the girls in more senior classes. Anne faced constant ridicule from the other students because of the conspicuous age and height difference. Despite all these difficulties, Anne took it all in stride and was determined not to jeopardise her education, choosing instead to put her concentration and focus in her studies. As a result, she began to excel in her academics, becoming one of the top performers in her class and the apple of her teachers’ eyes.

When she was 12 years old, Anne faced a terrible tragedy. Her father was murdered by her uncle which was the culmination of a long history of enmity and animosity. Anne’s mother struggled to support her family as a widow and single mother, without having her husband with her to share with the financial burdens. The situation became appalling when Anne’s uncle and her father’s killer appointed himself as the head of their family and began making all the decisions concerning their welfare and upkeep. He constantly threatened their lives and behaved in a controlling and tyrannical manner. Anne’s elder brother, who had previously been enrolled at university as a beneficiary of a Good Samaritan’s kindness and philanthropy, fell prey to his uncle’s negative propaganda and became brainwashed enough to develop deep hatred for his own mother and fellow siblings. Anne’s mother was heartbroken by her son’s drastic shift in behaviour as he was their last hope for liberation from their cruel uncle. He then decided to Anne’s twin sister who is dumb when she was 6 years old! Thankfully the neighbors intercepted and halted the attempt at violating the young girl. However, not long after, he tried to make a similar move on Anne. This was the last straw for Anne and she decided to seek assistance for herself and her twin sister from her pastor. She confided her troubles to the pastor who then proceeded to contact us. We were able to successfully rescue Anne and her sister. Anne’s mute twin has now been enrolled in a special school for the handicapped.

Due to delayed labor and complications during birth, Anne developed chest problems that went undiagnosed. Anne’s mother did not seek medical assistance and instead hoped that these problems would resolve themselves with time, which unfortunately did not turn out to be the case. The difficulties during childbirth were also responsible for rendering her twin sister mute. After the twins were born, their uncle wanted to have them killed as he viewed twins as a bad omen as per the cultural beliefs. According to the Maasai traditions, the practice was to get 10 bulls wild and drunk on the local brew and have them trample the twin babies to death. Fortunately, Anne and her twin sister’s lives were spared because their mother cleverly hid them at the pastor’s house to ensure their safety.

Their mother is very proud of her daughters and is hopeful that they will overcome the negative experiences from their past and have better futures. She particularly looks to Anne as a pillar of hope for her siblings as well as source of support for the family. Anne’s aspiration is to become a doctor and based on her current performance at school, we have no doubt that she is on the right track to fulfilling her dreams.