Prior to arriving at Treasures of Africa, we visited Antoni in the local hospital, where he had been a patient for many days. His mother had brought Antoni to the hospital for treatment, but she was also seriously ill herself, and died within 24 hours. With his father already dead, and no other known family to take care of him, Antoni was left in the hospital all alone.
It was very obvious that he was malnourished and underweight for his age. His arms and legs were pencil thin and his abdomen was distended due to intestinal infections and liver enlargement. We soon found out that he was also ill with tuberculosis, and that he had had contracted HIV from his mother. We immediately fell in love with this little boy, who, despite being so ill, had a very energetic personality. The hospital arranged with the Regional Welfare Officer to have Antoni accepted into the Treasures of Africa Children’s Home. We received him with open arms.
After being able to receive adequate nutrition, medical care, and most of all, the love of God and a new family here at Treasures of Africa, Antoni has thrived. He requires daily medication for the treatment of HIV, but his immune system is now strong.
Antoni was happily reunited with his older brother Emmanueli and younger sister Tina, who also came to live at Treasures of Africa shortly after he did.
Antoni loves cars and dreams of the day when he will be old enough to drive. He loves to make others laugh and is very comical. We are grateful that the Lord has done so much in Antoni’s life and believe he will be used by God for great things!