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How it began

Carolyne Daisy grew up an orphan in the rural town of Bukura, Kenya. Abandoned by her parents as a toddler, she slept in a potato sack on the dirt floor of her grandmother’s grass-roof hut. She and the other children, Granny cared for, ate only a small bowl of porridge, if any, each day.

Granny was a woman of faith and positive attitude. On the days she had only boiled water to comfort their empty stomachs, she prayed over it, cheerfully telling the children, “God will bless us with food tomorrow.”

Carolyne began her education by sneaking into school as often as she dared. If caught, she was whipped and sent home because she could not pay school fees. Later, as a young teen she was able to receive an education through the help of her uncle.

Today, Carolyne, with the same faith and positive attitude as her grandmother, runs Daisy School near her childhood home of Bukura, Kenya. Most of the students come from situations similar to her own.

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