Nuru Stories

Rehab Program transforming Lives

The story is about Pauline Waithera who is 43 yrs old, she now does small scale tailoring business

She separated from her Husband due to financial issues and other irreconcilable differences which made them part ways. She migrated to the city of Nairobi, looking for green pastures but nothing seemed to alleviate her financial woes. Her Aunt who welcomed her to the city later turned out to be a pimp. She introduced Pauline to different men as a means of survival. Though initially, it was difficult to accept, eventually she succumbed to the practice, and slowly by slowly it became her way of life.

She narrated that she had practiced prostitution for over 20 years, which according to her, took care of her basic necessities of life. Pauline once got pregnant and miscarried, which made her very sick for almost two years. She visited several hospitals but once being discharged, returned to her normal trade. When she fell sick again, she decided to test for HIV because she said she didn’t use any protection at all when attending to her clients. The moment it was declared that she was HIV positive, it sounded like a death sentence being pronounced by a judge.

He was not a religious woman initially and would go to church occasionally, during festive like Easter, Christmas and the New year eve.

It was while pondering what to do with her life that Pauline met with a community health worker. The community worker invited her for a Monthly fellowship at Nuru. It was there that she also got to know other ladies who had similar encounters like her. (Reaching Rehab Ladies) She was nurtured in faith and once in a while, the Nuru coordinator would visit her at her home, a fact that made her open up more to the gospel. She was introduced to The Nairobi international Lutheran Church which was within her neighborhood. 

Pauline is one of the ladies who were enrolled for the vocational college to be trained on alternative means of fending for herself. We thank God that she was among the six who graduated this month after successfully completing her courses. We are surprised by her transformation and her desire to live for God.