Mashiba comes from a family of seven children and he is the last born. He has one sister and five brothers. His sister Rusia and his brother Maige also live at Bethany
His parents died of HIV AIDS. His father died on 14th 06. 2000 and his mother on 20th 02.2002. After that he was living with his grandmother (the mother of his father) who is very poor and old. His grandmother had to take care for all the seven children with the help of her daughter who lives in a nearby village and her job is to sell some food in a café which does not pay very much.
Mashiba’s brother has passed to go secondary school so his aunt has the responsibility of paying his school fees and buying all his school expenses as well as looking after the rest of the family. She felt it worth asking if Bethany could help her take care of three of the children and leave her with the other four with her and her mother to look after.
Mashiba’s aunt consulted the HUPMEFU Manager – Mr. Chemu who then consulted Bethany for the possibility. The Bethany family received a letter from a village officer called Clement Mayige for introduction of these three children being orphans and needing some help.