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Imagine their Lives

7/3/16 11:53 am

Imagine what its like to be a 12 year old boy living with HIV.
Having your mom take your father to the police and demand that
the dad helps with school fees. Luckily in grade 3 you had a friend of your mom who
paid your fees but now the child of this friend got cancer so they can't afford
to help you any longer. Your mom got tired of raising you and your 14 year old brother
and she dumped you at your dads house where many distant relatives live .
 Up to 25 people in just a few rooms. You own just 3 pants and 2 shirts and
your older bro also shares clothing with you and with several other cousins.
If kids are lucky they get 1 new outfit per year . You wore the same uniform
or 3 years in a row though the uniform was from a former school so you don't
match the other kids. You eat beans and cornmeal at school daily. Rice is served once a day
for supper at night.  You family has so many people that
most of you kids eat from large plate with your hands. Not enough plates, cups or spoons to go around. Some eat first and the rest wait until plates can be washed so they can also be served.
This is the life many kids are living. So many can't afford the $10 for a uniform so they wear the same uniform several years in a row and wash it nightly .
If you happen to get sick your family also can't afford to take you to a hospital.
You just suffer at home.
But luckily you found a sponsor who will make your life brighter and you have your
new uniform to wear now.

Imagine being a boy age 14 living with a single mom. The 3 fathers of her 4 sons
never stayed around and she remains all alone making envelopes to sell for less than a $1 a day.
Rent in this are might be $10-$15 a month but there is no power at home and you
eat supper at 7 and the leftovers will be served at breakfast. You mom can only afford to cook one meal a day . Your meals are usually beans,
dried sardines, mashed plantains or maize. You also only have a 3-4 pairs of pants or shorts
and a few shirts.  Your mom has struggled all these years but can't give any of her kids a better life.
Thankfully you have a sponsor and you can go to school and eat meals there daily.
You can speak a decent amount of English so there is hope,

Imagine being a young girl age 8 having no mattress to sleep on except old foam that looks like this.
 You share this "bed" with your older sis . Neither of you have a found a sponsor and you mom spent all her earning on your school fees so the land lord evicted her from her home since
she only cooks porridge at a school to earn a living and can't pay rent. After 6 months of paying nothing for rent you are all forced to find shelter at the home of a friend. These 2 girls really need your help. They have so little and the mom is really having a hard time keeping them all
alive. If anyone can offer help or to  sponsor one of these sweet girls in grades 2 and 5 that
will be wonderful. They have 1 mattress and notebooks bought or the youngest girl. The oldest girl
is still in  need .

Lastly imagine living alone with your older sis age 14 and bro 13.. 
You 11 and your parents have moved away to ind work in another area 3 hrs from your home.
You and your siblings live on $3-$5 a week for food and 
your 2 older siblings don't have any sponsor.
Its a very tough life with dangers being all around and adults who might be drunk and want to prey
on kids who are all alone at night. A scary hard life but its how it is. You have a sponsor and go to school daily and though you are living alone you 3 are still some of the best scoring students in the whole school. This is something to be proud of. If anyone can assist one of the teen siblings it'd be very appreciated,


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