Though each woman at Amani Kenya has experienced tremendous hardship, they give thanks for their many blessings. Some have witnessed the murder of their families and were forced to flee their country. Others have experienced heinous domestic abuse. Some were confronted with the difficult decision between hunger or prostitution on a daily basis.
But they give thanks for the blessings in their lives daily.
We asked 5 women:
"What are you thankful for?"Here are their responses.
"I am thankful to God for: My Amani family. My children, because they are good at school and they also help me with work at home. They make me happy when I am sad. A loving and caring husband. Beans and potatoes, because they make me healthy and strong...I thank God as I am able to afford them. My many friends from different countries."
Melanie, originally from Rwanda
(She hums and sings for a moment before answering.) "He has done so much for me and I cannot tell it all...I'm thankful for: My good health. Protection upon me and my two children. My job at Amani."
Kezia from Kenya
"I am thankful for the new home I have found in Kenya, since moving from Rwanda in 1994. I am thankful to God for He has been with me and my family throughout this journey. I am thankful to God for allowing my first born finish high school and cannot wait for him to join a university. I am thankful to God for my children who are prayerful and hardworking.I am thankful for being at Amani Ya Juu, it has been my second family and a blessing to me."
Janviere, originally from Rwanda
"I am thankful to God for health upon my family. Thankful for my children: 3 boys, 3 daughters. I am thankful to God because I host many visitors at my home. I am thankful for my friends who are always there for me."
Emily, originally from Congo
"I am thankful to God for allowing me join Amani ya Juu and being able to support my family. I am thankful to God as I am able to serve Him as a deaconesses in my church. I am thankful for my friends as we check on one another every now and then."
Beatrice, originally from Rwanda