My Journey to a Successful Life

By Irene Temba

Irene graduationMy name is Irene. I am a girl of 26 years who was raised in an orphanage known as Treasures of Africa Children's Home, located in Moshi, Kilimanjaro, Tanzania. It's my pleasure to ask you to pass through these few paragraphs describing my journey to a successful life. I hope in some way it may inspire you to never think about giving up on whatever you hope for in this life. Or it may give you courage and confidence to always help those who are in need.

In March 1994, I was born into a very poor family. We lived in a rural place called Njoro in the town of Moshi, Tanzania. I was raised by a poor single mother for about twelve years never knowing my biological father. I tried asking my mother about my father, but I couldn't get any pleasing answer. So, we continued living our life until my mother became sick and died in June 2006 leaving me with my poor, drunkard grandmother. By then, I thought my life would always remain the same. I would stay a poor uneducated girl, who begged on the street to survive for a single day. But a merciful God showed up for me in a very unexpected way.

I woke up in the morning and got ready to go back to the streets so I could find something to eat. Surprisingly, I received visitors. They introduced themselves as the Administrative Director of Treasures of Africa Children's Home and some of them they were Social Welfare Officers. They explained to me a lot of things. But among them was that I was one of God's chosen children and that they were willing to help me so I can reach my goals. Honestly, I didn't know what they really meant until March 2007, when they took me to this amazing place called Treasures of Africa Children's Home which I proudly call my sweet home.

Treasures of Africa changed my life in every possible way. They made me grow spiritually great, physically healthy and mentally fit. They gave me the best education I could ever have, starting from grade five. In November 2020, I became  the recipient of a Bachelor's Degree of Law from the best university in Tanzania, known as Mzumbe University. Only a few days ago I received the great news that I have been accepted to the Law School of Tanzania in Dar Es Salaam beginning this month of January 2021. Upon graduation the government of Tanzania will be able to include my name in the roll of Advocates of Tanzania and I will obtain a legal seal with my name on it after passing my Law School exams.

All the appreciation goes to my beautiful family at Treasures of Africa Children's Home, to the founder of TOA - Pastor Rita Langeland, to all the members of Hidden with Christ Ministries, to the leadership of TOA and to all the sponsors who gave it all so the children of Treasures of Africa could get a better life than they deserve. I can't thank you all enough. Only God Almighty knows deep down in my heart how grateful, thankful and proud I am to have you all in my life as my family. It's because of you that my dreams are coming true.  Thank you so much. May God bless you all abundantly and continue to do the work of God that you are called to do. Don't ever get tired and hesitate to help those who need your help.


Irene Temba

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