Though the mourning is not over, Polycarp’s family keeps looking ahead

by Julie Lanquillon/RBU,  2013/01/28

Since mid-January, Julie Lanquillon, a student of European Studies has been a trainee at the humedica department of fundraising. One of her first tasks currently went beyond the European borders: she asked Agnes Onsongo, the widow of the late humedica country director of Sudan, how she and her family were doing. Thanks to sponsors in Germany, Agnes and her sons have received financial support after the death of their loved husband and father.

At five and eight years of age, Lee and Leo have already had to overcome many difficulties which, however, have also made them stronger. Photo: humedica

“In the meantime, another year has passed and Agnes (32), eight-year-old Leo and his five-year-old brother Lee are beginning to collect memories in their relatively new but already much loved home. Even though here and there some items are still missing in the new house, the family is incredibly thankful for the building and their move into their wonderful new home.

Also the change of school of the two boys went well. Now both of them attend “Golden Elites Primary School” in the Kenian city of Kisumu. It is a private school with a solid Christian foundation upon which all learning and teaching activities are based. The school is one of the high-quality primary schools of the country.

The reason for the change of school lies in a thoughtless remark, typical of a child, by little Leo, which, however, made Agnes think and caused her to act: after the death of his father, Leo once told his mother Agnes that he and his brother would certainly be able to attend a better school if their father was still alive.

Agnes was very moved by this statement of her son and she started to inform herself about the possibility of a change of school and the different offers. All this resulted in the boys’ change to “Golden Elites Primary School”. The school fees are higher than those of public schools yet the boys receive a better education and qualification.

Leo und Lee love going to school and have already made some new friends there. When they return home from school at about 4.30 pm, they love telling Agnes about their teachers and lessons. The bus collects the boys every morning at seven and takes them home again in the afternoon, the bus ride lasting about 20 minutes. Leo and Lee spent their last Christmas holidays with their grandparents. The next holidays will be in April.

Agnes still works at a primary school yet she hopes to find employment at a higher school. She would like to profit from the degree in social sciences she got in 2010. So far, she has not found work in this sector. Yet the brave young woman is determined not to lose heart.

Thanks to the support from Germany, Agnes and her sons can laugh again and in their new surroundings, with their new friends, can look to the future with more confidence. Photo: humedica

The major part of your generous donations amounting to 150.000 Kenia shillings (about 1.300 euros) are used by Agnes to pay the annual school fees that include bus fares and the daily lunch at school. The boys eat lunch at school and not at home since the distance is too far.

Dear friends and supporters, Agnes and her sons are very touched by your sympathies and support in the form of donations, thoughts and prayers. They would like to thank you with all their heart for your kindness shown to them and would love to meet you face to face and express their gratitude personally. Every single Kenia shilling has left a lifelong effect on their life and especially on their hearts that, as Agnes puts it, nobody can take away from them.

In the same way, the young family will never forget their father in heaven who daily gives his protection and blessings to Agnes, Leo and Lee and gives them strength in the form of your sympathies and his heavenly comfort. The Onsongos wish God’s rich blessings to their supporters in Germany as well.”

Also the team at the humedica headquarters in Kaufbeuren would like to say thank you so much for your support. We kindly ask you to continue to assist Agnes, Leo and Lee on their way by means of a donation.

      humedica e. V.
      Reference “Polycarp’s family
      Account 47 47
      Bank Code 734 500 00
       Sparkasse Kaufbeuren

      SWIFT-Code: BYLA DE M1 KFB
      IBAN: DE35734500000000004747

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