Stephen has come a long way since he lost both his parents and several of his siblings during the Rwandan genocide of 1994. After spending two years in a Tanzanian refugee camp Stephen and his three remaining brothers were forced to return to Rwanda as the Tanzanian government was forcibly shutting down the camp. The murder of Stephen's surviving oldest brother led the remaining three brothers (one older and one younger than Stephen) to flee to the Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya.
It was here in Kakuma that Stephen was able to continue his schooling. Unfortunately due to the disappearance of the eldest brother it became up to Stephen to find enough money for him and his younger brother. Stephen dropped out of school and worked as a house boy. He earnt enough to feed them both and ensure his younger brother could remain in school.
That sacrifice paid off and has resulted in his younger brother achieving academic success after success, from a scholarship at a top high school in Nairobi to now studying at the New York University in Abu Dhabi. Gua Africa has supported his younger brother and we now support Stephen also. He has since completed high school and is now studying for a Diploma in Motor Vehicle Mechanics.
Upon graduation Stephen hopes to open his own shop. A skilled mechanic is a sought after commodity across eastern Africa!