Karla is a bright young girl. During the last months she showed more and more interest in fine arts and developed great skills in drawing, watercolour painting and finger knitting. With great pleasure she listens to the stories of her teacher. In the evening she tells these stories to her parents without forgetting even a small detail. Her father is a construction worker and her mother is a housewife. After school, Karla spends a lot of time with her younger sister at her grandparents, with whom she has a very close relationship.
Mercy lives with her mother and brother, Miracle, who is Class 7 at Hermanus Waldorf School, in the township of Zwelihle. Mercy’s mother is a domestic worker, and a single mother, as her father is not involved in her life.Mercy loves coming to school and maths is her favourite subject. She also loves knitting. Her teacher says she is hardworking and very helpful in class. Her older brother is very protective of her.In the afternoons she walks home with her brother and she likes to play with her friends.
Jobs family comes from Western part of Kenya from the Luhya tribe. His father is a casual labourer and so is his mother. The minimal unstable income is hardly enough to feed the family. The family lives in a small single roomed house made of iron sheets about 5 km from the school. The house has electricity connection but no water. They buy water from vendors nearby. The family faces some challenges since they live amongst people who can speak and hear. The communication barrier makes it hard for them to interact and survive since their child Job who can hear and speak is still young. Job likes playing with his fellow classmates. Job comes to school in a bus which is an offer for Kindergarten children in the school.