Birthdate: 12 years old
Tobias is Oshiwambo and is fortunate enough to still live with his mother, Ainii. Ainii has been living in Katutura since 1998 but has always been living illegally and very vulnerable up until 2014. Living illegally means that Ainii did not have a plot for her okambashu that is recognized by the City of Windhoek. She risked being kicked off the land where she settled and being forcefully moved at any minute.
Ainii struggles to make ends meet by preparing and selling oshikundu, a healthy drink made from mahangu (a pearl millet grown in northern Namibia). She earns N$2.50 ($0.17 USD; €0.15 per pitcher that she sells. There are five people in total living in Ainii’s okambashu, including herself, Tobias, and his three siblings. They have struggled for years and Ainii has usually managed to negotiate with the schools to let her slowly pay off the school fees for her children. This year it is impossible for her and she needs help with sponsorship for Tobias. To date, Tobias has successfully completed each year of school and is in Grade 6. He’s been treated in the past for Tuberculosis.
Ainii is known for having a heart of gold. She is a community leader and will often use her last pennies to help others in need. She gives oshikundu to elderly people who are sick, she washes the blankets of someone dying, using her own last washing powder, so they have comfort and dignity in their final days.
Your sponsorship will provide the following:
- Yearly education and basic support, school fees paid, a uniform, school books, a backpack with school supplies, and toiletries three times a year.
- Placement in the government school system and monitoring of Tobias’ educational progress by the Centre Administrator.
- Health care, hospitalization fees if necessary, taxi or transportation to health clinic for Tobias to receive treatment and collect medication should he become ill
- The support of the volunteer FHS Care Guardian who will monitor Tobias’ well-being within the community and through home visits.
- Counseling, mentorship and life skill activities such as indoor games, day youth camps to build resilience, confidence, self-worth, good character, and to instill values.
- Some children will require tutoring to reach a standard where they can enter into school. Many children start school for the first time when they are 10 years of age or older. See information on why children start school late or drop out.