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MEET THE CHILDREN

I’m Rosemary; I come from a little village called Sanbam Gida in Jaba Local government area in Kaduna State. I’m 15 years old and I am in grade 6.  I know I am a bit old to be in grade 6, but my grandmother in the village could only afford to put me in the village public school at the age of ten. 

 

I can’t remember exactly how old I was when I lost both of my parents, I can only remember growing up with my grandmother who told me everything I got to know about my parents. Today, I am grateful to God for giving me a new family that takes really good care of me. 

 

Here at Crown pillar, there is a strong family environment, such as quality parental care and relationship with all the children. We talk about every issue and there are solutions to most of them….which I like. I have grown both in faith and in my relationship with other children in the house, to be honest, they are now my siblings, they are my brothers and sister. The high quality of education we get in School cannot be compared with that of the village where I come from. The last time I visited my grandmother in the village, I saw two of my friends with babies and they are only 14 years old. May be that could  have been me, if not for crown pillar.

I love cooking, but when I grow up I would like to be a nurse or a teacher- so that I can help other children in need.

I am Joshua Dauda, my friends call me Josh! I am 16 and I love football. I’d love to be a professional football player someday; hopefully playing with some of Europe’s top clubs….We will see... I guess my story is kinda similar to any other kid here in the house, except that my twin brother Jethro is also here with me. I love my twin brother, and I am grateful that we are together in the same house and in the same school.

 

Crown pillar for me is more than a children’s home, it’s a complete family home! The love, support and care we receive everyday from our house parents is enough fuel to carry us to the next level in life. Plus I love the food here!! 

Hi, my name is Samson Jacob, but my friends call me Samo. I`m 17 and I am currently in grade nine. I lost my dad when I was just two and my mom when I was nine; I pray that no child should have to go through the experience of losing both parents at a very young age like I did, because the emotional trauma can be devastating.

 

I came to Crown pillar children’s home in 2012, and I can say for a fact, that this is the best thing that has ever happened to me. Here we live life as a family, we go to a private school and we have been successfully integrated into society. I love this small setting which crown pillar provides for children like me. Sometimes, I miss my mother though, but overall, I am so thankful to be here and to have the best standard of education.  

When I grow up, I would like to be a graphic designer and a fashion designer. Oh! Just forgot to mention that I am the oldest in the house.

My name is Julius and I’m 13 years old. When I was 5 years old, my grandmother told me that my mom died the very day she gave birth to me. Then she also told me that my father died. At that time, I did not understand what she meant, but today I do.  Though I honestly have no first hand memories of my parents other than the stories my grandmother told to make them real to me, I knew something was missing in me.

Coming to Crown Pillar has incredibly helped me to deal with my grief, and learn how to manage my emotions. I have learned how to talk about how I feel without any fears. I also learned to know that I can become anything good I want to be in life! I love being here…It’s my home now and I love it! Sometimes I travel to the village to visit my grandmother.

My story is very complicated but simple to understand…I am currently in grade 6 and I’d like to be a chef and own my own restaurant one day. 

My name is Rose Daji, I’m 14 years old. I’m beautiful; I am a strong woman with great dreams! I lost my father when I was 7 years old. He was the best man in my life, I miss him… but I know that God has a bigger plan for him.

I came to crown pillar in 2012 like many of the kids here…when I came, I was very shy and quiet. I guess, I was trying to figure out what I was doing here. As a result, I decided to distant myself from most of the activities in the house. When I look back today, I realized that keeping a distance was my way of dealing with the loss of my father. The staff of Crown pillar have helped me to deal with my emotional feelings.. We talked about my feelings and how to manage it and now I feel good again. I am forever grateful for the love and care I receive each day and the opportunity to go to one of the best Schools.

Now I love to make beads in my leisure time, and I dream to become a Nurse in the future.

The only time I found out that my grandmother wasn't my mother, was the day she pointed to a photo portrait on the wall, and she said: "These are your parents." I really can’t remember how old I was then, and how my reaction was. Looking back now, I wish I could tell you how old I was when grandma broke the news to me.

 

After about the age of 6 or 8, I really began to be aware of the loss of both of my parents. Then it hit me hard as a realization that my grandmother is going to be bringing me up and alone. That feeling, gave me a sense of responsibility to start working the field in other to provide for my grandmother. As a result I never got to go to school early in life. Today I am 16 and I am only in grade 6..., though I can see some tremendous improvement in my grades, I still think I’m the kind of guy who likes using his hands.

 

Coming to Crown Pillar has helped restore my self-esteem, and has given me confidence. The house parents are amazingly loving and caring to me. I also love the one on one time with them, where I get to express my feelings and to talk about my dreams and aspirations in life. We are  one big family and I love it here!

Some of my hobbies include but are not limited to anything technical, dancing and football.

Thank you for reading. My name is Stanley.

Hi, I’m Jethro. I was born February 17th in the year 2000.  Before I tell my story, I’d like to say a very big thank you to Crown Pillar for providing my twin brother and me with the best education, shelter and family love. Our father died in a car accident when my brother and I were just 5 years old.

 

Before coming to Crown Pillar, we had no idea how to deal with our loss or grief. The children home here provided  us with every spiritual, psychological and emotional help we needed to deal with our loss. Today, my brother and I have seen some significant progress in our lives, because we have a sense of purpose of what we would like to do in our lives. Ok, let me talk about me, I think it would be more personal that way…

There are two things I’d like to become in life: I’d like to be a lawyer or a pilot. For me, I like the idea of a lawyer because I would like to defend the weak and the fatherless; and uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed-like it says in the Bible in Psalms 82:3. The pilot idea is to have fun traveling around the world while still making money.

Coming to CP is the best decision I have ever made! Thank you.

Probably one of the scariest things for me was not that I lost both of my parents, but I fear so much not to lose myself. That fear was replaced by faith when I came to Crown Pillar.

Hi, my name is Abner, but my friends call me Abno! I was born on November 9th, 2001. Though I look small for my age,I’m on my way to becoming a university student in just two years from today. My dream is to become a lawyer.

 

I came to Crown pillar in 2012 when my grandmother could no longer provide for my education and some of my basic needs. Here I learned the basic principles of life. I also learned the importance of talking about my grief and the impact that could have in my life as I grow. I am beginning to understand the aspect of managing my emotions and the importance of expressing my feelings. Sharing my story and learning to accept the reality of being the only child without both parents, gives me a new perspective of life. I realized that it doesn’t help if I hide the pain I feel even though I had no vivid memories of my father. I am very thankful for who I am today…

I also have some hobbies; I love to dance and I love to read books, especially the Bible. Being the top of my class, I must constantly build the attitude of a reader. 

Yo! My name is Emmanuel; I was born in June 2004. When I grow up, I’d like to be a military or police office in honor of my late parents. I just love seeing people in uniforms! I think my parents will be proud of me in heaven..plus, I will be proud of myself too. But first, I’d like to finish school and go to university. Also I think I still have a long way to go, because I am only in grade 4. Aushhh!

I thank God for the opportunity Crown pillar has given to me to be in School. When I came here, I couldn’t read a word in English and I couldn’t write; but today, I can read and write in English. I love being here, there is such much I am learning, and one day I will take my knowledge to help kids in my village.