In January of 2013, Abdulli, Andrea, David and Pendo will all be ready to go to boarding school and fulfill their incredible potential, the way their mothers would have wanted.
As of October 2012, all four of our kids are FULLY sponsored for their year-to-year tuition! We just have to find the last bit of up-front tuition money and we are all set!
Huge thanks to Emma Shaw, the Williams family, and the Biannuccis for sponsoring Abdulli! We are so grateful to you for helping us to give all our kids the opportunities they deserve!
Andrea– Andrea is a funny, imaginative, smart, and loving little boy who will always bring a smile to your face. He is like a little ball of energy, bursting with so much love for everyone. When Andrea gets really excited he runs up to you and so excited to speak, stumbles over his words so much that he can’t actually form a sentence. On many occasions I have stood there with Andrea as he tries to tell me something for a good few minutes, until he has finally had enough and SHOUTS the sentence at me ‘Nakupenda!’ (I love you) and I smile, lift him up and give him a massive hug whilst telling him that I love him too. He’s smart, sweet, and creative – anytime that anyone sits down he will immediately come running over, take their hair out of the bobble holding it back and start styling it in as many ways as he can think of. He is a very imaginative little boy, and he’s going to do some seriously impressive stuff when he gets to school.
Andrea is being sponsored by My African Child, a wonderful Danish organization! Thanks to everyone involved!
David Kubwa– David Kubwa, meaning ‘big’ David (as opposed to David the toddler), is a smart, cheeky, energetic and caring little boy whose cheeky smile can get him out of any situation. A few years ago there was a fire at the orphanage and David was very badly burnt on his legs – he was saved due to the truly heroic intervention of one of the orphanage mamas, who was seriously burned herself in the process (see Light Up the Night for more information). David recovered well, but since then, there have been a few repercussions with his mental development. David sometimes struggles to understand some certain social situations, which is why we feel that sending him to a boarding school that is able to support him and help him to progress at his own pace, will be just what he needs. He is such a loving little boy and I often found that, if I was having a bad day, David would somehow sense that I wasn’t feeling great and would come make me laugh in one way or another. His favourite way of doing this was to say ‘jina lako nani?’ which means ‘what is your name?’. Now don’t get me wrong, David knew my name, but he also knew that this would make me laugh as he was being loveably cheeky, so would often say this to me to cheer me up. David is a wonderful little boy and, with the right support, will become a brilliant young man.
David is all ready to start school – Kristina Alexander and her parents Wayne and Sandra Leland have taken on three quarters of his sponsorship! She and her wonderful workmates have also donated one year of David’s up front tuition at her Light Up the Night gala. The rest of his sponsorship is being covered by the wonderful Emma Shaw. Can’t wait to see what this smart boy will do next!
Pendo’s year-to-year sponsorship is now COVERED through the combined generosity of Millie Pike, Anna Black, and her parents!
Each of these children is special in their own way and they all deserve the chance to go to school so they can show us what they are really made of. Thank you for anything you can give!