When Karembera Petrus was less than 10 years old, his father died in their village of Rundu, and Kerembera had to quit school to look after the family cattle. While on the farm and at various family homes, Karembera endured abuse and suffering. It wasn’t until 2006, when his mother, Lovisa, moved the family to Windhoek to seek a better life for her children that Karembera’s life took a turn full of hope. Lovisa was introduced to Family of Hope Services (FHS) by a community worker, and it was then that Karembera was able to take tutoring to prepare him for acceptance into high school. He entered Grade 8 and continued his studies until 2014 when he matriculated from Grade 12 at the age of 21. He is preparing for University and will receive some help from his sponsor, Dr. Petie Brown from Florida (pictured with Karembera), to complete his post-secondary education.
Sponsorship made an incredible difference in Karembera’s life and in the lives of all of the children at FHS. Karembera is finally able to revel in his new hope for the future. Yet he knows that without financial support to go to school, he would never have had the opportunity to get even a basic education. He is smart and works hard at school, just like so many of the other FHS students who do not want to waste the good fortune that has come their way through sponsorship. Karembera has applied to University and hopes to enter the difficult field of Bio Medicine.
Karembera still lives with his family which consists of his mother, Lovisa, two uncles, four cousins, five brothers and four sisters, all living under one roof in a very small tin building partitioned into three rooms.