University Student Spotlight – Kengie

Meet Kengie! Kengie is 19 years old and grew up at the Mission Home along with her older sister and younger brother. She recently was accepted into a university in Guayaquil and is one of our newest students in our University Program. She will start her degree studying tourism next month. 

Kengie (right) with her sister, Josselyn (left), at a high-school cultural performance.

Kengie reflects very positively on her time in the Mission Home. Due to family problems, she came to the home when she was 12 years old. One of her favorite parts of her time at the home was helping one of the missionaries, Fatima, with her group of little boys. The little boys still affectionately refer to her as ñaña, meaning sister. 

Kengie gives a big hug to missionary, Fatima, and a few of the little boys.

Since she graduated high school and turned 18, Kengie has been living with her grandmother in a city about an hour away. Due to child welfare laws in Ecuador, the home is unable to continue to care for children after they turn 18. Kengie is very fortunate that she has a grandmother to live with, and her grandmother is equally blessed to have Kengie to accompany her in her older age. Kengie returns often to the Mission Home, most frequently to visit her sister who is now an employee at the home, and also to visit the missionaries and the little boys. 

Kengie and Jim playing with some of the little boys.

Kengie states that she wants to attend university because it is the ‘only way’ to have a professional career and find good employment. She is motivated to better herself through education, and wants to be able to take better care of herself and her family than her parents were able to take care of her. She is very grateful for the opportunity to study, and recognizes with immense gratitude all of the people that helped her get here, including all of you! We are excited to support Kengie through this next phase of her education, and are so thankful to be able to do so because of your generosity!