Dorcas Achieng: What Makes Her Story Special

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Education opens doors and expands opportunities. It contributes to fostering peace, democracy and economic growth as well as improving health and reducing poverty. The ultimate aim of Education is sustainable development.

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After losing both her parents, Dorcas was taken in by a guardian. However, she lost her immediately- a loss that lead to stress and failure in her class examinations. “I lost hope in life and gave up” she says. An elderly kind lady in Bondo, Mrs. Awuondo, a member of Safeguard Orphans and Widows Organization, picked Dorcas from her parents home where she lived alone, feeding herself by begging.

“When I discovered that there were people who were willing to help me, I got encouraged and vowed to work hard to make something out of it,” she says “I would still be on the streets if it were not for SOWO”

Now a jubilant lady who is now admitted for a degree course in one of the universities she dreams of becoming a procurement officer.

Dorcas at an interview with the press

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Peter Oduor, SOWO founder and chairman is proud of her achievements.  “As an NGO we feel we have achieved a lot when we have a success story such as this. However, we still face the challenge of having too many orphans but with little resources to help them,” he says.

The organization calls out to individuals, corporates, groups or other well wishers to be at the forefront in supporting lives of orphans in the community. Apart from educating orphans and Other Vulnerable Children (OVCs), SOWO in the last decade has empowered women and housed neglected widows

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