Kyle is a nine year old third grader. He lives with his great grand mother and two older cousins; his mother became pregnant with Kyle at the early age of 14. After giving birth, she left him with her grand mother and never returned. Kyle’s great grand mother began searching for Kyle’s father so that he could know his family. After locating Kyle’s father he denied all involvement due to his current marriage. Kyle’s father died in 2008 of AIDS.
Besides his friends at School, all his life, Kyle has only known his Great grand mother; school like another home for Kyle.
Kyle is a brilliant, polite, energetic boy. He is very bright in class and receives good grades. He has a clear love for school. While at school he doesn’t worry about food, his patched clothes, or the leaking roof at his house. He has lots of friends, playmates, and people to talk to.
In his recent drawing of things he likes most Kyle didn’t draw any material things. He drew his friends at school, his teacher, sister & brother, father, mother, grandmother and his school. When asked to elaborate on his drawing he said he loves his friends at school. He referred to his best friends as his brothers and sisters. He loves his science teacher; he walks with him to school and has taught him several soccer skills. He loves his school and wants to grow up to be teacher.
He smiles and says, “If I can have everything I have drawn then my life would be perfect.”
The Empower Campaign ensures that Kyle leads a normal life just like any other child his age. This is through the various projects of The Empower Campaign. The ‘Empower School fees Project’ ensures that Kyle stays in school by paying all his fees. ‘The Empower Meals project’ ensures that Kyle enjoys a healthy meal in order to study well at school.
Kyle, just like many other children that Empower sponsors, shows us that school is like home to him, his science teacher is a father figure and his friends are like sisters and brothers to him. Being out of school would be the same as being homeless to Kyle.