Our Children

   
   
   
   

Margaret

Margaret
 

Margaret’s parents both have AIDS and were no longer able to keep their 12 year old daughter in school. When we visited the family we found her living in a two room mud house. Each room was 10 x 10 with 9 family members, spread over 4 generations ranging from 6 months old to 85 living in the house.  The children and the 85 year old grandmother all slept on the living room’s earth floor at night. Father and mother were often too sick to look for daily work in the field, which pays around $2.00 a day. This intelligent, gentle girls fate was destined to be the same as so many girls in her situation. She would not be going back to school next year and would join her parents working in the fields for $2.00 a day We have Margaret enrolled in a private boarding school in the community where her family lives. Margaret is preforming exceptionally well in her studies.

Teresia

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 Nine year old Theresa is one of Margaret’s sisters. We were originally asked to assist the family by sponsoring  Theresa’s school fees. When we visited the family in their desperately poor conditions it was decided that we should take care of all three younger girls.

Grace

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Seven year old Grace is the youngest of the three girls. Originally we were not asked to care for Grace because the family thought she was HIV positive. It didn’t make sense to us to take care of the healthy girls and leave Grace at home with her desperately ill parents. As with all children that we sponsor, the first thing we did was take her to the clinic for a check up and HIV test. Much to everyone’s delight young Grace tested negative. Grace is also thriving at Rosepark boarding school with her two older sisters.
   
   

Moses

Moses
 

Eleven year old Moses had been living with his HIV positive mother and his very elderly grandmother. Moses was beginning to hang out with Molo’s growing number of street boys. Enticed by the freedom of life on the streets without “rules”, Moses was skipping school, begging, borrowing money and doing odd jobs such as carrying water for local restaurants in exchange for food. We were asked to sponsor Moses as his mother could not afford to send him to school and he was an exceptionally bright child.  Despite his time on the streets and the freedom it offers a young boy, Moses has settled into Rosepark Boarding School and is able to visit his family who live close by.
   
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