This week, we mourn the unexpected and untimely passing of a member of the Ndoto Family: Charity Anyango. Charity was born in 1995 and grew up in Obunga. She and her three younger siblings attended Salem Primary School where their mother, Mary, works as a teacher. Her father, William, sells books for a living. When Charity finished primary school, she secured a spot at St. Anne’s Buyangu Secondary School, became sponsored by Ndoto in 2011, and was able to graduate in 2013. Then, she, along with close friend and fellow Ndoto student Jackline, made the move to Bungoma to attend Bungoma South Diocese Teachers Training College. She loved little children and was studying to become a preschool teacher, like her mother. Charity was to officially graduate this year and was looking forward to starting her teaching career. She, in fact, had already started looking for a job with the help of her uncle.
Sadly, while Charity was walking to the market to buy food for dinner, she was hit by a reckless young driver who in anger took his father’s car. We believe she died instantly.
As the Ndoto family, we mourn the tragic loss of this special young lady. Charity had a quiet and calm temperament and loved children. At church, she always had a little one sitting in her lap or snuggled up next to her. She gained confidence and came into her own when she began attending college. Charity had a beautiful smile and was a great big sister, not only to her siblings, but to two cousins her family took in after their parents passed away. She also helped her mom to make sure things ran smoothly in the house. Charity will be dearly missed. The Ndoto students and staff are deeply saddened to have lost one of their own.
Please keep Charity’s family and the entire Ndoto family in your prayers during this difficult time. It is so painful to lose any loved one, but especially a young person taken in such a terrible way.
Charity will be buried in Gem, Kenya, on Saturday, March 5th at her extended family’s rural home.
Ndoto has never lost a student before, and we want to remember Charity in a special way and encourage our students who are mourning to be brave as they grieve. We have created a Bravelets campaign in honor of Charity’s memory. You can purchase a bracelet at https://www.bravelets.com/bravepage/ndoto , and $10 of your purchase will automatically go to Ndoto and be used to help with Charity’s funeral expenses and students who have emergency medical needs. Each bracelet from our Bravelets page will have the words “Be Brave” engraved on it, and that is our hope: to help students be brave as they face these difficult situations.
If you would like to donate a bracelet to your sponsored student, you can have it shipped to our address: 2526 Rosebud Court, Carrollton, TX 75006, and we will take it to him/her in Kenya. Thank you for standing with Charity’s family, friends, and the Ndoto family as we remember her life and the impact she had on those close to her.