As you guys know we do have a Sponsorship programme for kids of vulnerable families and backgrounds who cannot afford to send their kids to school.
Lloyd just sent me the story of this brave young man. Take a few minutes and read it…very touching:
Obdu is the new boy in my class. He’s 13 years old, very withdrawn and with tight strung nerves. He is always near me, be it in class, at the playground or orchard and this made me wonder. After a week of being tightly marked I asked him who he was and where he stayed. His response shocked me to the bone.
The boy knew me and his father….his late father was one of the prominent guys in the village. He is passed away after a long illness. Family property was grabbed by relatives, leaving the family with nothing.
After years of struggling his mother went to Livingstone to find some work. She was a single mother with no education or any qualifications to enable her get a decent job. She had nowhere to start from but she had to live and find food for her kids.
She did what she did and for some time things went well for the family. But as it is always, reality caught up and her health plummeted.
This is when Obdu had to be a man and take care of his siblings. After weeks of surviving from wellwishers the donors vanished into thin air leaving the family to fend for themselves.
Things went from bad to worse as Obdu stopped school and borrowed a wheelbarrow. He used the wheelbarrow to ferry sand from the river and then sell it to neighbours. Each barrow load gave him K5 or 50cents. He used that money to buy food for his siblings and mother.
The boy is in school now, we got the family back to the village. His mother has a two months baby. The baby was weaned from breast feeding and is now fed on cows milk.
Once in a while we buy the baby lactogen infant formula but it is not enough. So as it is always with such situations I am asking my friends to pray for this young family. We can’t ignore such people since they carry the humanity which we, too, carry.
There are a lot of different fates in our community. If you are interested in helping out kids like Obdu, please contact us here! 🙂 What seems like only a few bucks to us will help a child in Chinkonono and surrounding areas to pay school fees for a year. Education is the key! Thank you so much! 🙂