12-Year-Old Boy Drops out of School, now Preaches in Marketplaces to Provide for his Sick Dad and Grandma -GCFRNG

12-Year-Old Boy Drops out of School, now Preaches in Marketplaces to Provide for his Sick Dad and Grandma -GCFRNG

A 12-year-old boy named Jacob Nestor chooses to go to the market and preach instead of going to school, not because he wants to, but because circumstances compel him.

Nestor revealed that he is forced to preach in order to take care of his sick father and grandmother.

The young man who dropped out of school became the breadwinner after his father suffered a stroke and lost his mother.

For 12-year-old Jacob Nestor Yalwala of Chavakali, a typical day involves traveling to Kisumu and Kakamega, Kenya, while preaching in matatus and markets to care for his family.

It’s something he wouldn’t normally do, but circumstances have forced him to do it, as he’s the sole provider for his sick father and his sick grandmother.

Speaking to the new Unheard Voices program on Tuko.co.ke, a trusted Kenyan website, Nestor revealed that his father survived a stroke in 2014, a few years after losing his mother.

Just look at how the situation is in this family, if I stay at home we’d have nothing which means we’d sleep hungry. Who would provide if not me?” he asked Ann Nyathira.

He explained that every day, he goes to different markets where he preaches, prays for the people and then asks them to give him some money.

It is with the proceeds from the offerings that he can help the family make ends meet. “They give me just five shillings, which I collect and take home at the end of the day,” he said.

He added that his daily efforts are blessed by the grandmother who prays for him every morning before he leaves. Nestor admitted that what he does is not easy because he often meets unkind and unreceptive people.

According to Nestor, he dropped out of school because his uncle took him to a special school, but he has no impediment.

He revealed that the reason he was pulled out of normal elementary school was that his teachers had a problem with the fact that he was too talkative compared to his classmates.

“My mom died a long time ago, but for a long time, relatives lied to me that she was in Nairobi working. It was my grandmother who finally told me the truth,” he said. Nestor also pointed out that his uncle John Kavai does not approve of what he does because he paints the family negatively, so every time they meet, he hides from him.

However, he maintained that he does not intend to stop because, as much as the uncle offers them food from time to time, there will come a time when he will stop.

With each new day, children of Nestor’s age leave their homes to go earn an education, but he takes a different direction to care for his bedridden family members.

He hopes that his father will one day heal so he can go back to work and take care of the family.

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12-Year-Old Boy Drops out of School, now Preaches in Marketplaces to Provide for his Sick Dad and Grandma -GCFRNG

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