Our Children

Helida Atieno Owino


I am currently at Daystar University completing a bachelor’s in arts in Communication, Majoring in Public Relations. I came to the Cana Rescue Centre due to domestic violence. I lost my parents at an early age and was then taken in by an aunty. When living with her became unbearable I decided to run and look for shelter elsewhere and at that time I was only 9 years old. Being lost and having nowhere to stay I was taken to the police station, who then took me to Cana Rescue Centre. I have therefore been in Cana since 2009 and supported by sponsorship through Compassion for Africa. I believe that everything happens for a reason and therefore I do not hold my family in contempt for what transpired between us. I stand in faith knowing that my life has been in the hands of the Lord since I was born and that my situation was to bring Glory and Honor to his Name. There are so many children who have had worse and tougher conditions than I did; therefore, my dream is to make the world a better place, having instilled everything good that I was taught through Cana and Compassion for Africa. I want to help others as much as I was helped and do even more. Life has never been easy, especially for the majority, but if I can bring the light of Christ to someone else’s path, then I will be at peace with myself.