Hi! My name is Fatma and I’m 10 years old. I have two younger sisters and two younger brothers. My family used to live in Somalia, but because of civil war, they escaped to Kenya. I was born in Kenya so I don’t know what Somalia’s like. Together with my mom, we all live in my uncle’s small apartment in a busy Kenyan city. Our neighborhood is a very crowded and noisy place.
It was really hard for mom when she arrived in Kenya. She said that she was very lonely and sad. She had no one to help her until she found out about a group for women (see BACKGROUND: Kenya for program info). It helps mothers like mine who are refugees in Kenya. Now my mom has new friends she can talk to and share her problems with.
They really encouraged her. She is learning many things about business and sharing ideas with other women. The Self-Help Group also paid for my school fees! My mom couldn’t afford to send me to school before. I’m so happy that I can go to school! My favourite subjects are math and English. At recess, I love playing jump rope with my friends.
Most of the time we have two meals a day at home, breakfast and dinner, but sometimes we can’t afford food. I don’t have a favourite food because I’m just happy to have whatever there is to eat. I’m very grateful for the Self-Help Group, as the other women share their food with us when they can.
I help my mom by taking care of my younger brothers and sisters. I also help out around the apartment. I am proud of my mom and all that she does to take care of us. She loves us and does her best for us. She prays a lot. I love it when I see her praying. I admire her for that.
My mom says she has the same hope for her children that all mothers do, for us to grow up happy and successful someday. I have dreams for my future and I want to be a pilot when I grow up. I want to say “Hi!” to all the children in Canada! Thank you for praying for me and my family. I would love to visit Canada and play together with you someday!