Sometimes when a child does poorly in school we think they aren’t interested in learning. We assume they don’t really care, or that they aren’t willing to put in the work needed to get the grades….and we’d be right – sometimes.
Other times the odds have just been against them. They’ve gotten behind and even their teachers have given up on them. How does a kid like that ever get caught up? Seventeen years old, in grade six, and still unable to read. Being sent, during school hours, to the local market to run the teachers’ errands. Then again – a new school, another teacher, another market, but the same sad story – teachers who’ve given up hope because they think he’s too far behind.
But he came looking for me…and it almost brought tears to my eyes.
Mody and I had been working together in the evenings learning the names of the letters and the sounds they each make. We did this while our other children were in academic level groupings receiving tutoring from the house moms. One night I was away and missed the allotted time. It was already dark out and a knock came at our door.
I will not give up on him. Project Samuel, will not give up on him. God has not given up on him!
This term we’ve chosen to homeschool Mody here at the Project and we are seeing huge improvements! Paul, our Director in Training, has taken the lead in his tutoring, and I’ve been spending time with him as well. It’s a highlight of my day each time we meet together. I see in this young man a heart to learn. Schooling doesn’t come easily for him, but he’s committed to the journey and we’re taking things one-step at a time. We’ve also integrated practical training into his days. Mody dreams of one day being a truck driver. He’s been helping Brenden and the guys with our vehicles and learning lots of other practical skills as well.
Modrine Chamulimba may not be taking the typical road. He’s had a roundabout journey full of ups and downs and one too many roadblocks, but the story isn’t finished. He’s not alone on the road and there’s light at the end of his tunnel!