05 July 2019

Freed from a life of shame

Being raised by a single mother who depended on temporary jobs to provide for her four children subjected Caroline to a life of shame when she was in high school. She was the only one in her group of friends who ate at the school's feeding scheme.

"My mother was a domestic worker for two families but her salary was still not enough to provide for all four of us. I did not have a proper school uniform and I did not have nice clothes to wear when I was not at school. I also did not have money or food to carry to school and I ate at the school's feeding scheme. I was ashamed of my situation and I believe I was a symbol for poverty in the whole school. Feeling humiliated by my family's poverty, I stopped eating at the school’s feeding scheme when I was in grade 11," she said.

From then on, Caroline only had one meal which was before bed time every day. When she was doing grade 12, her cousin invited her to the Universal Church and she attended the services because she wanted God to intervene in her life.

She took part in the chains of prayer on Mondays and asked God to give her family a financial breakthrough. She passed matric in 2016 and asked God to give her ideas that were going to help her generate an income because she did not have money to further her studies.

"In January 2019, I was inspired to start a day care centre. The number of children grew from five to 15 in four months. I now have two people working for me. Surrendering my life to God removed my shame and gave me the financial independence I never had. I am also able to help my family financially and wear the best clothes I could not afford before. God restored my dignity and strengthened my faith," said Caroline.