|Mama Pendo (center) holding Zawadi, with their
grandmother (left), Pendo, and great uncle in front of
the grandmother’s house.
When we got back into the orphanage and got her washed, it became clear that Pendo has had a rough time of it. Her entire body is covered in small burns, and while it’s theoretically possible that they are accidental kerosene burns, their regularity and number suggests that they are the result of some type of abuse. She had some trouble adjusting to life at the orphanage – for her first few months she was often violent with the other children and had trouble bonding with the mamas. She spent days barely speaking to anyone.
|Pendo (left) with Farajah and David|
To start school next year, Pendo will need a sponsor – someone who can commit to being part of her life for the next ten years. An excellent education, room, board, clothes, extracurriculars, medical care, and care over vacations all cost just $1,100 per year through our partnership with TFFT. We are still looking for sponsors for all four of next year’s kids. We hope that someone reading this will end up being part of the family we’re creating for Pendo – whether through a full, half, or quarter sponsorship. She’s been through more in her five years than any child deserves – but we are determined to give her the happy, healthy childhood she, and all of our children, deserve.
UPDATE: Three sponsors have stepped forward for Pendo’s year to year tuition (one committing $550 and two to $225), and the wonderful Claire Wyatt has raised a significant portion of the money it will take for her two years’s tuition year up-front payment ($2,200 total). Thank you so much!
If you are interested in sponsoring Pendo or any of next year’s children, please get in touch with us!