Atukuzwe Jackson Mollel
I am 9 years old. I live with my two brothers and sister. My father died in an accident with his motorcycle. It’s difficult for our mother to look after us since he died. She cannot afford food for us every day. Sometimes our grandparents help us with food. In school I like Maths and Handwriting the best. Football too! When I get home I fetch water, then I play with my friends if I have time.
Fatina Noah Shorde
Mambo! I am a 9 year old girl. I live with my mother, grandmother and sister in Baraa. My mother doesn’t have a job, and my father left to live in Kenya. Our grandmother does her best to support us with money for food. I only have a 20 minute walk to school. I love mathematics and science. I want to be a doctor when I grow up. Then I can save lives. In the weekend I clean the house and I do the dishes, then I like playing Rede, a local game, with my friends.
Lilian Daniel Israel
Jambo! My name is Lilian and I am a 14 years old girl. I live with my grandmother because my parents are separated and don`t live in Arusha. I have three siblings but they also do not live with me. In the morning, I get tea before I go to school. In school, I like Mathematics, Science, Kiswahili and English. In extra-curricular time, I like to sing in the choir. After school, I help my grandmother in the house, and I play with my friends. I do have an evening meal every day. When I am grown up, I would like to be a teacher because I want to teach children.
Michael Petro Mendeyan
I am 12 years old. I live together with my father in Baraa area twenty minutes walk away from school. My mother left us and my six siblings with our father. He is a farmer. Sometimes we don’t have enough money for breakfast or dinner every day. I like Mathematics a lot, but the best thing at in school is the garden. When I am older I would like to be a soldier. Then I can take care of my family.
Muhubiri Utoo Karaine
Mambo, my name is Muhubiri and I am 9 years old. I live with my mother and father around one hour away from school. I have two brothers and one sister. My other is a cleaner and my father is a labourer to build houses. In the morning I have tea and after school I like to play with my friends. The best things in school are Mathematics and playing football. One day, I want to be a lorry driver.
Peris Fredrick Otieno
I am a 12 year old girl. I live with my aunt because my parents could not support me anymore. I have six siblings but they live with my parents. My father has no job, and my mother sells vegetables at the market. My Aunt works as a cleaner in our church. Every morning, I wake up very early to clean the house, do the dishes and have breakfast. Then I walk to school for about 25 minutes. In school, my favourite subjects are Mathematics, English, Swahili and Science. I like going to school a lot so I hope I can become a teacher in the future. Then I can support m
Prisca Edward Karaine
Jambo, my name is Prisca and I am nine years old. I live with my mother and my two sisters around one hour walk away from school. My mum buys and sells clothes and my father left us. I don`t have a breakfast every morning. In school, I like Mathematics, Kiswahili and Science. After school, I help my mother at home and I also like to play Rede, a local game, with my friends. I do not get an evening meal every day. When I am grown up, I would like to be a doctor, so I can treat sick people.
Rigobert Prosper Mtenga
Hi, my name is Rigobert and I am nine years old. I live with my mother and my brother. My father left us and he is living now with another wife. My mother is buying and selling vegetables to earn money. I do not get a breakfast every morning. In school I like English, Mathematics, Geography and Science. I also have Drum and Dance lessons during extra-curricular time. After school, I help my mum at home and I also like to play football with my friends. On Sunday, I go to church. When I am grown up, I would like to be a soldier.
Victor Elibariki Ngoigara
Hi, my name is Victor and I am eleven years old. I live with my father, my step mother and my siblings. My parents are separated. My father is working as a day labour. In school I like Science. I also like to play football during extra-curricular time. After school, I help my parents to collect water, clean dishes, wash my school uniforms and sometimes cooking. On Sunday, I go to church. I do not know yet what I would like to do when I grown up.
How it works
Children are put forward for sponsorship by teachers, volunteers, iThemba staff or parents. We interview them to understand a little about their lives. Then our Outreach Worker visits each child that is interviewed at home to understand their home situation. This helps us to decide whether the student really needs sponsorship and if they are a high, medium or low priority for sponsorship. We create a sponsorship sheet for each child that needs sponsorship.
If you want to sponsor a child, all you need to do is send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Let us know if you have a preference for sponsoring a boy or girl and the age of the child. We will send a profile of a student over to you. You could also select a child yourself that you want to sponsor on our sponsorship page.
Payment can be made either yearly (€250) or monthly (€21) into our Leraren Zonder Grenzen account. For more details see our Donations section on our contribute page. However, when you mail us about sponsoring a child, we will provide you all the information.
Afterwards, we will send you an update on your sponsored child every 6 months so you can see how they are getting on. We also have our own Facebook page called If You Were in My Shoes (https://www.facebook.com/ifyouwereinmyshoes.ithemba/) about sponsoring students at Baraa Primary School.