Juma, an orphaned child, experiences the love of a new family
Meet Juma and his adoptive mother Mary Monda. Juma, from Tanzania, was a runaway orphan who lived on the streets. Mary’s daughter found Juma asking for food and took him in but she couldn’t continue looking after him so she sent him away. One afternoon on her way home from the market, Mary saw Juma sitting at the edge of the road dirty, very hungry, and in obvious bad shape. Mary could not walk away and leave him there. Today Mary and Juma have been a family for 4 years, however this has been a very insecure time financially. Mary heard of the loans program Captivating and ACDF had started and was offered a micro-loan so that she could earn additional monthly income. Today, both Juma and Mary are living in a more stable home and Juma is doing well in school. Mary grows very successful Maize crops and makes good profits which are used to cater for her family needs. She also grows vegetables to help feed her family and make extra money. Mary is diligent in saving money ready for the planting season the following year.
This is a letter from Juma in his own words.
“Hallo Sponsor, My name is Juma. I am Mary Monda’s adopted son. I am 12 years old and in class four in Nyamage primary. I wish to thank these God sent people who have helped my mother get some more money which she used to buy me another pair of uniform. These days I can come back home at lunch knowing mum already prepared my meal and stored in the shelf. Before I would go without lunch and come home only at 4p.m and wait for dinner. Thank very much.” Juma
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