Thanks to LPA (the Little People of America), and a matching donation from the Wiseman family, Zuhura is finished Form 6 AND has had the lifechanging experience of connecting to other LPs across the world. The Wiseman family now supports Zuhura and we are so grateful to them. She is in a college studying Human Resources.
Nasra has always lived in extreme poverty. Her mother is Huruka. When we met Huruka in 2006 she was a skeleton with Tb, HIV and a new baby. We admitted her to the TB hospital and got her nourished and TB free until she got on HIV meds. She improved dramatically. Nasra was a young girl then. They eventually moved to the country into a dirt house with only three walls. We built them a house in 2008. They could farm there so they had food. Huruka managed and miraculously her son Salum never got HIV despite nursing at Huruka’s emaciated breast. Recently she brought Nasra to us. I was so stunned that the girl passed her exams living in such hard conditions and with NO academic support that I knew I had to break my promise to myself (about not taking on anyone new) and sponsor her. Thank you again to Trinity Cathedral of Arizona for giving Nasra a chance to help herself, and her family.
Fatuma is Nasra’s cousin. Their moms are half sisters. We call Fatuma’s mother ‘mama bata’ because we helped her with an income generation project raising ducks years ago. She is HIV+ as well but in better health than her sister. She has 4 kids none of whom are positive and we have put them all through school including Fatuma’s older brother JAlala who just finished Form 4. It is also a small miracle that Fatuma passed her exams given her living conditions.
So now the girls live together with Mama Bata. We got Nasra permission to study at a day school where Fatuma was accepted. This reduced expenses.