Carpentry Students

17 year old Emanueli catches a bus each day to Next Life all the way from Mererani. He is the oldest of six children. He walked by our old campus one day and decided to inquire about our school. in his free time he likes to relax but also enjoys cooking. His favor dish to cook and also eat is ugali, a popular traditional dish consisting of corn meal and water. Emanueli really enjoys the work in carpentry he’s doing at Next Life

Zakayo is 16 years old and from the Mbuguni area but he walks 2 hours to get to class each day; he lives on the opposite side of Mbuguni! He’s loving everything about Next Live Foundation and when he learns the carpentry skill better, he’d like to build a shoe stand for his father. When Zakayo has some free time, which isn’t often since he is the oldest of 6 children in his family, he really likes playing soccer.

17 year old, Aron, also lives on the opposite side of Mbuguni, a 2 hr walk away. But he has the advantage of catching a bus to NLF classes if he wants. He is the second born of six kids living with their mom who does casual labor, which means she picks up daily jobs when available. Aron’s favorite chore is taking care of his grandmother’s goat. He says, with a smile on his face, among his fellow carpentry students, he’s the best soccer player.

Joshua is a 16 year old from Mbuguni. He walks about one hour to get to the Next Life campus where he thoroughly enjoys learning the skills to be a carpenter. He is the oldest of four children in his family with his parents being farmers of a small plot of ground. When he is finished with his instruction he states he will come back to the school to say thank you then he would like to continue working in the carpentry field. During his first week at the school he met Patti who walked right up to him and gave him a hug. Instead of surprising him he said he liked it. When given the opportunity, he asked her why her skin was white! To which she responded that God made her that way. Most likely, the bulk of the students wonder that question but Joshua had the courage to ask! A sign of leadership!

Aleni also lives in Mbuguni but only has an half hour walk from home to school. This 15 year old is enjoying every aspect of his carpentry class. He is looking forward to learning how to make a kabati chair. He is an only child living with his mother who has a small business selling vegetables. If he has free time he spends it reading his Bible. When he finishes his carpentry schooling he would like to add the skill of electrician to his repertoire.