Thursday, April 18, 2019

Dr. Derek will Save Lives Because of You

Dr. Derek will save lives

You gave Derek the skills he needed to save lives in his community.

By the time Derek was eight, he had already lost half of his family. His father died, then, his brother had died at the young age of 15 because they couldn’t get him the medicine he needed.

Derek’s neighbors became his family. But it wasn’t long before tragedy struck again. Derek’s pregnant neighbor was sick and needed a hospital.  The nearest hospital ws hours away from her village. She started walking, but the walk was too much for her. She passed out on the road, and Derek watched others try to help her with traditional remedies.  They only hurt her. She survived, but the baby died. That was when Derek knew he wanted to become a doctor for his village. He never wanted anyone else to go through that pain again.

But Derek didn’t know where to start. Since his mother and grandmother were uneducated, he didn’t have anyone to ask. No one encouraged him to read or study. While he sometimes attended school, his family was too poor to provide him with food. After his 90 minute walk to school on a an empty stomach, he would fall asleep in class.

You changed everything changed for Derek!

Once his mother heard from neighbors about how orphans could access free education at Nyaka’s Kutamba Primary School, she immediately enrolled her son. Not only was Derek regularly attending school, but he could stay awake because you serve students breakfast and lunch!

At first, Derek’s hardest subject was science. But, since you help provide Nyaka students with the best educators, science teacher, Teacher Nicholas, soon became Derek’s mentor and worked one-on-one with him until he mastered the subject.
Derek learning about medicine through Nyaka's clinics.

Derek now loved school, and because your support helps create such a positive environment at Nyaka, he passed his national exams with some of the highest scores! As a graduate of your Nyaka Vocational Secondary School, he is now on his way  to a top high school to continue his medical path. Once he’s a doctor, Derek wants to bring modern medicine to his home village.

Thanks to your investment in Derek’s future years ago, he will be able to save more lives in his home community!