Birthday: May 7
Seven year old Brian was brought to Treasures of Africa Children’s Home by the local Welfare officials. His parents both died some years ago. He was taken in by a neighbor in his rural village. But when it came time to enroll him in the local Primary School, the fact that the people he was living with were not his parents or relatives, caused a problem. They had no paperwork or birth certificate to identify him so he was taken to the Welfare office.
When Brian was brought to Treasures of Africa, he seemed a bit scared, wide-eyed and quiet. We are sure he didn’t know what to think of being brought to a place where everyone was a stranger to him. But it didn’t take long for Brian to realize he was in a safe and loving environment. His sad expression disappeared and a big smile took its place. He embraced life at TOA with gusto. He loves every moment of opportunity to run and play and enjoy just being a child. He also responded quickly to the warm hugs and affection that are commonplace at TOA. Now he runs to get a hug and say hello.
Since he had never been to school, he didn’t know how to hold a pencil or sit still in a classroom. But we enrolled him in the same private school with our other primary students and arranged for tutoring. We are determined to help him catch up and he really seems to be enjoying school. We believe that Brian has a bright future ahead of him and we are blessed to be a part of that!