HK$42,885raised of $82,480.00 goal
My name is Princess, I come from Kenya in East Africa and this is my story.
Several years ago, friends introduced me to a lady referred to as mkubwa, meaning “the boss.” She owned a travel agency which I later realised was a front for her main business: sending women abroad for prostitution.
I was deceived into working for her and there was no backing out because I already owed a huge sum of money needed for travelling fees that I would never be able to repay. My work for “the boss” first landed me in Singapore, where I was introduced to the harsh realities of servicing clients day in and day out.
Mentally, I felt tortured, thinking of the health risks and waking up in the morning just trying to remember everything that took place the night before. After my Singapore visa expired, I returned to Kenya in even more debt. I was forced to go back to her again to clear it. At this point it was like she owned me.
I traveled to another country next and finally paid her off. But before paying it all off, I met all types of people. Here, I realised that the longer one lives on the streets, the more you lose your sense of humanity. I met bullies - both customers and girls whom I believe were damaged by what they had to deal with on a daily basis. Since arriving, a close friend passed away, a neighbor went to an intensive care unit due to drug abuse, and, at times, I was thrown out of hotels naked by a client or robbed while I was sleeping.
All these incidents led to me becoming an alcoholic. I drank on a daily basis to cope with meeting different people every day. I believed drinking gave me the courage I needed not only to hold a conversation with customers, but also to carry on and to stand up for myself whenever someone would try to take advantage of me. Most importantly, it helped me to sleep and forget everything.
Despite all this, I thank God for the wake-up call and keeping me healthy and free from serious drug abuse. I have also been welcomed by an organisation called “Sons & Daughters” where I am learning new skills while attending sewing, candle making, business, and finance classes. I have met an amazing group of people who have become like a family to me; together we share workouts, meals, and most of all, the word of God.
Now, I am making plans to return to my home country in May 2022, where I’m hoping to start a small business. Preparing for that day, I am enrolling in a beauty academy. This will enable me to better my skills before I start my dream business of opening a beauty salon. There I will learn how to do pedicures, manicures, and even how to do eyelashes and eyebrows.
My goal is to raise HKD $82,480 for tuition fees, business start-up capital, and some personal costs for daily living. A school that offers the courses that I need in English charges HKD $19,800 tuition. This is an amazing school with so much to offer and I’d be delighted to join them by God’s grace. I have already begun fundraising by selling mahamri (a Kenyan donut made with cardamom) as well as handmade textiles I have produced while at Sons & Daughters.
I am appealing to anyone who reads this to feel free to donate whatever the Lord puts on your heart. Any small amount will help me reach my goals and I’d be so very grateful. Thank you for taking the time to listen to my story - I know God’s plans for me have only just begun!
Asante Sana (thank you) & God-bless,
*Note from Princess' caseworker: for international donors, please note that this platform accepts donation amounts input as Hong Kong Dollars (i.e. $7.8 HKD = $1 USD) . Thank you!
Exam PreparationUpdate posted by Sons and Daughters Hong Kong Limited at 08:03 am
Dear friends,Thank you so much for following up, I'm so delighted to share with you all about how I have been doing with my nail course. The past few weeks haven't been the easiest since we are preparing for our final exams, so many practicals as we learn how to. . . . .
Support from Near & Far!Update posted by Sons and Daughters Hong Kong Limited at 09:15 am
Dear Brothers & Sisters,We were so touched this week as we received word from a friend in the U.S. that a yardsale had been put on in honor and support of Princess' campaign! The family, who has been following and supporting Princess' journey, shared the image shown here of a. . . . .
Midterm Complete + New Opportunities ComingUpdate posted by Sons and Daughters Hong Kong Limited at 10:18 am
Dear friends ,I'm so excited to share with you all that I just did the midterm assessment of my nail course and I can't wait to share with you all the pictures of my progress. There has been so much to learn over the months and can't wait to start. . . . .
Practice Makes Perfect!Update posted by Sons and Daughters Hong Kong Limited at 11:55 am
Dear friends, I’m so excited to share with you all my progress in nail arts! Looking forward to sharing more with you.God Bless, Princess
Adventures in Nail Art!Update posted by Sons and Daughters Hong Kong Limited at 09:06 am
Dear Friends,I'm so excited to share with you all that my nail technology studies are doing great. I'm learning different things, some that I didn’t even know existed. I’m learning how to draw different arts on nails and using different machines which is something I didn’t know before. I have. . . . .
A Word from Princess' CaseworkerUpdate posted by Sons and Daughters Hong Kong Limited at 09:00 am
Dear Friends, My name is Elli and I have had the privilege of walking alongside Princess this past year as her caseworker and friend. I want to say a huge thank you to each and every one of you who have supported her throughout her journey thus far. We feel. . . . .
Nail Technology Training Started!Update posted by Sons and Daughters Hong Kong Limited at 05:35 am
Dear Friends,I'm so excited to inform you all that I have enrolled for my nail technology course at a very nice school with a good environment. It wouldn't have been possible without you all. Once more thank you for your continuous support and prayers.God Bless, Princess
First Fundraising Milestone Reached!Update posted by Sons and Daughters Hong Kong Limited at 06:45 am
Dear Friends,Thank you for the generous support, your prayers, and encouraging words. With the money raised so far on this page plus the money I have raised offline through sewing and Mahamri sales, I'll be able to enroll for my nail course as soon as possible.None of this would have. . . . .