|L/R Baraka, Bibi, Lucia, Eva . . .|
Enter Lucia Alex, (DOB Oct. 20, 2002) granddaughter of Bibi Lucia, her namesake and sister to that pretty little girl Evelin (DOB Jul. 24, 2008). In January of 2011 Lucia and Evelin buried their mother just three years after their father’s death in 2008 and only weeks after Evelin’s birth. Knowing that Bibi had health issues and was fortunate enough to be allowed to reside with her son in-law, the family was loathe to burden her with the children of her dead daughter, which IS customary here. Eventually though, it became apparent that, even with her struggles Bibi was the best candidate to provide for the girls. Family discussions ensued, Esther’s husband, (my partner Oddo marvels at the compassion this man has for his in-laws as it is NOT traditional) acquiesced and the girls were brought to their Bibi.
Money, which was tight, became tighter still and the family had to give up those two rooms they were renting and move to their unfinished, unsecure home. They live and sleep, every day and night, without a door or a blockade of any kind preventing intruders, human or otherwise, from entering their home.
|Baby Belina, 7 mos. may be positive . . .|
|Completely open . . . to the elements human and otherwise . . .|
|So proud to go to school!|
|Baraka and cousin Lucia|
Nails SH. 96,000 or $ 61.00
Lumber (Esther’s husband said this could wait SH. 800,000 or $506.00
Ceiling Board (He said to wait for this also) SH. 578,000 or $366.00
Fundi (labor) (This too will wait) SH. 60,000 or $ 40.00
Doors SH. 794,000 or $503.00 (FYI-Profit? $20.00)
Grills required for security-Doors/windows SH. 705,500 or $443.00 (Profit? $70.00)
JUMLA/TOTAL SH. 7421,500 or $4,697.00
I just totalled that number! That is a lot of money . . . true . . . BUT, it corresponds to just $427.00 per family member and six of them are children! If we could just find eleven people each to give us $427.00, or, eleven groups of people to compile the $427.00, or, perhaps if one or another of you could choose from the list above what you may be able to help with, THAT, would be wonderful!
This is how we outreach at Tumaini . . . we meet, listen, visit and assess need and then we reach out for help. I’ve attached photos for inspection and will do on completion.
|A shy smile from Lucia . . .|