Mohamed has no clue when his father died but his mother died of HIV in 2003 died because as he grew up he found himself living with some people whom he did not know about. Later in 2002 when his mother was seriously ill; his grandmother who lives in Igombe Mwanza came to take him. Life was not that easy at his grandmother because the so called grandfather did not like staying with Mohamed and his brother Mussa.
By that time (2002) Mohammed was only four years so he did not take notice of many things which were happening. Some times he would stay without food while the rest of the family are eating and he was not allowed to eat. He was told unkind words like, you have no right to stay here, donít expect anything because we did not kill your parents. Your mother choose to wonder around and she was infected so you can do the Go away in the streets because that is were you will find people of your rank! His brother who was going to school sometimes he was stopped from going to school and they were told to go work in the farm. They survived anyway but later his grandmother told them to leave and go to find for other relatives claiming that she is not related to them and that she was just helping them. She instructed Mussa where they could find their real grandmother so Mussa went to a place called Bugarika in Mwanza where he found this new grandmother that was in May 2008.
Their grand mother is a widow and was left with six children to look after so she struggles and have asked several people to even help look after her own children. Therefore, this means it was not the right place for Mussa and Mohamed since even the family children had to be split into other relatives due to the fact that life was so hard.
It was Sumai Makoye one of our older girl at Bethany who felt pit on these two boys after she had been at Bethany so she spoke to Mr. Bujiku about the difficulties Mussa and Mohamed were going through and asked if possible that Mussa and Mohamed could be accepted at Bethany so that they can live happily and share the opportunities that some of our children have got. Sumai and Mohamed share the same mother but different fathers.
Mr. Bujiku visited the place and met the street leader who recommended that the two boys had no bright future and it would be helpful to have somewhere like Bethany so they can continue with their education and be well looked after otherwise they may end up living in the streets of Mwanza. That is how Mohamed joined the Bethany family
He is great boy. He has only been here since three weeks and seems ok and hard working.
Report By Eliada Bujiku ( Tanzanian team member)