Baraka's Hope Story

Baraka's Hope Story

Baraka's Hope Story

Baraka was born with no fingers on one hand and only two fingers on the other.  Believing that he was a curse on the family, his mother originally named him ‘Muthini’, which means ‘suffering’, and eventually abandoned him.


Rescued by his grandmother, Grace, Baraka went on to live with her and his eight cousins.  While Grace showered them with love, the family was very poor and life was difficult.  Baraka would share a pot of porridge with his cousins each morning and sleep on the floor with only a few rags and his boy cousins to keep himself warm each night.


Grace eventually came to realize that she did not have the resources to take care of Baraka.  She had heard of Creation of Hope, a Church-run outreach program for orphans and vulnerable children in Kikima, Kenya.  But would they take him in?  Did they have room?


Those at the program agreed to have Baraka live at Creation of Hope, but they had one condition.  They asked that he change his name from ‘Muthini’ to ‘Baraka’.  They explained that they did not have room for ‘suffering’ but they did have room for ‘Baraka’ – which means blessing.


Baraka has thrived at Creation of Hope and is proving to be a bright high school student that doesn’t allow his disability slow him down.  He is tri-lingual, a leader, and dreams of becoming an engineer someday.  Baraka is an amazing young man and is truly a blessing. 

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