Born into lack and suffering, Josephine’s family survived by begging. It began when Josephine’s father disappeared and passed away. They ate food tossed into garbage bins, living without a permanent shelter. They found a “home” in the slums of Kipsongo, living in pathetic and unhygienic conditions. Josephine and her siblings fell ill often, but they only received medical care when volunteer doctors held free clinics in the slums.
With these difficult circumstances, it is no wonder Josephine was involved in sniffing glue, living with poor health and infested by jiggers on her feet. She lacked the necessities: food, clothing, shelter, family love, spiritual nurture, and security.
In 2001, she was rescued by MCF from the streets of Kitale during one of Charles Mulli’s routine street rescue missions. She was given special medical attention, which enabled her to adjust and improve in health. At the age of 8, she spent her first day in a classroom. She recently graduated from Primary Education.
But life has its twists and turns. Influenced by a friend, Josephine began to complain that their school subjects were too difficult. In 2010 she ran away from MCF with that friend, ending up arrested for loitering in Nairobi. Back at MCF, those involved in her loving care were desperate to find her. The officer in charge of her case called MCF and they worked for her release. She has been recommitted to MCF. She has potential to excel in life, but needs the guidance of those who care for you.
Her friend’s whereabouts are still unknown.