Athuman

Athuman Intake

Athuman intake photo, 2009.

DOB April 18, 2004

Came under Tumaini care early 2009.

Athuman is the fifth of eight children and big brother to Harriri, who is also one of the children we are caring for.  In 2008 he lost his father to AIDS.  His mother, Asumani is HIV+.  Athuman, his mother and siblings share a three room mud hut in Usa River with his grandmother.  Tumaini Children’s Foundation (Tuchifo) has made a capital loan to Asumani in order for her to start a small business of selling used clothing, but she is not always healthy and so is unable to work every day.  She cannot support all of her children and everyone is suffering.  Athuman is a fun loving; somewhat serious young man who has a sense of humour but often remains aloof.  His medical inspection with Dr. Lyimo exposed hookworm, a urinary tract infection and malnutrition, otherwise, Athuman is in good health.

Athuman, like many of our children is at an age to begin school.  Children usually start attending school between the ages of five and seven.  At seven years of age Tanzanian law dictates that a child must attend school but the primary education system in Tanzania is very weak.  There are typically one hundred students per teacher, English is not taught, and the educational requirement of a teacher is only the completion of 10th grade.  Primary school is taught in Swahili, but secondary school, and the mandatory national test which a child must pass in order to proceed into secondary school is done in English.  Without a solid English background a child’s educational and employment opportunities are very limited.