Janes’ mother died in 2006 whilst she was attempting an abortion and the following year (January 2007) his father died of Cancer. His Grandmother called Thereza Mwita aged 61years old took Janes with his fellow three brothers. They lived in Tarime-Mara region with their grandmother. His grandmother had 10 cows but she sold them all when Janes’ father was ill for almost five years. When he died, she was left with nothing so she struggled to look after these four grandchildren. She has a daughter in Yitwimila village, married with nine children so she was not able to add four more to her family. It is where she introduced Bethany to her mother in the sense that they could come to Bethany; there might be a possibility of helping this old lady. With a letter from the village leader confirming these orphaned children, this grandmother came to Bethany to ask for any assistance with the two young boys Denis and Beckam. That was in 2007. In May 2010, this lady got very ill; she has problems of her sight and asthma. She struggles a lot and has been to hospital for four full months getting some treatment without any improvement. Her daughter who lives in Yitwimila village went to find out what was happening with Janes when his grandmother was in hospital for four months. She found that Janes has been wondering in people’s family using him as a cow boy so that he gets some food. He did not go to school any more as he did not have anybody to provide for him, he was left in the house on his own. Following that his grandmother need intensive care, she could no longer afford to look after him. Therefore, she requested Bethany to accept him and look after him. He is settling in ok and the good thing is that he is with his brothers; Beckam and Denis together at Bethany and they are all getting on well. He has started school again and is doing very well.
Report by Eliada Bujiku