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.

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By Benny Kiwelu

Benny God's FaithfulnessIn November 2018, God opened a door for me to attend Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma. I moved to Tulsa in January 2019, not only with joy and gratitude, but with amazement at what God had done to make it possible for me to study at ORU. I had come a long way from my childhood days in a village on the slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.

I began classes in the Spring semester of 2019 with a major in Pre-Med. I experienced many challenges as a first semester student trying to adjust to a new culture and the unfamiliar American university education system. But I made it through by the grace of God. 

In the middle of my sophomore year, I felt strongly that I should change the focus of my studies. I made the switch to majoring in Finance with a minor in IT (Information Technology). Deep down I have always been interested in finance since I was a child. I can vividly remember asking questions like, “What would happen if the government printed as much money as possible so that everyone had enough money?”  You probably know the answer and where certain countries ended up after doing just that!

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More Stories About Our Treasures

  • A Baby Named HOPE

    By Rita Langeland A new baby joined the Treasures of Africa family. An abandoned two day old infant found in the bush went from unwanted to cherished in a single day. What a difference a day makes! One of the privileges we have at TOA is being able to choose a name for these precious treasures when they come to us without one. We take that responsibility quite seriously and we pray for God to reveal the identity He has for that child. We named this beautiful baby girl "HOPE" because we believe she will be a great encourager and "hope-giver" to other people during her lifetime. Please pray for Read More
  • From Sorrow to Blessing

    We can only imagine the anguish of a young mother in Africa who feels she cannot adequately care for her newborn son. Her desperation must have been overwhelming to do what she did on that day. Perhaps she was a single mother with no money and no extended family to help her. We don’t know for sure. All we do know, is that she bravely carried her bundled child to a local church in Moshi, Tanzania and stood in a prayer line. After waiting for a while, as a visiting Bishop prayed for those who patiently stood in line, she asked a nearby woman if she would hold her baby Read More
  • Lucy Created Her Own Video!

    Missionaries Vince and Vicki Welch work with our kids at Treasures of Africa doing tutoring each week. When 12 year old Lucy expressed a desire to learn how to make a video, Vince volunteered to teach her the ropes of working on the computer to put together a simple video. She made a video about her life at Treasures of Africa. We thought you would enjoy seeing TOA through Lucy's eyes!  
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