Last year, mid February, Florence informed me of a boy who was idling around the railway line and sometimes at the Laini Saba ground. This was around the time the Laini Saba Centre was opening its doors to youths in this village and we were looking for youths whom we could invite and see what opportunities God could provide through our interaction.
So I walked to the open field and met this young man. Josphat was his name. We started a conversation and I convinced him to come to our centre. I wasn’t sure what I could offer or promise but I was positive that our centre would provide a positive transformation in this teenager’s life.
A lot has transpired since then, it’s now 18 months since we open our centre, a number of youths came and left – a sad experience for us. We’ve tried a couple of approaches to make things work, some did, some didn’t, with some broken promises along the way leaving behind a tense relationship between us and the youths.
But in this maze and puzzle, Josphat has been faithful, in showing up daily, in his involvement in activities and learning.
Josphat is now 19. He is from a family of four and he stays with his brother. After finishing primary school and without school fees to proceed to secondary school despite attaining marks to join secondary school, he left his rural home for Nairobi City to look for greener pastures.
Josphat has learnt a lot, he was taught piano by one of church members at Laini Saba which he plays every Sunday, he spends at least one hour daily practising. He has challenged me, I should have learnt piano as well, I saw him learning the basics, now he is getting better by the day.
His mandazi business which is supported by Turning Point is stable. I asked him what he wants to do in future, he said he sees himself going forward in business.
The business is teaching him a lot: time-keeping, consistency, discipline in saving, and public speaking, an aspect that he struggled with when he first came to our centre.
Josphat is just one of the boys who came to our centre. We have related well and built strong ties.
With adequate resources Josphat can go far. He has proved that, given the opportunity, he wants to do something with his life. So Turning Point is giving him that opportunity.