Gerehad

Gerehad Intake

Gerehad intake photo, 2009.

DOB March 25, 2005

Came under Tumaini care early 2009.

Gerehad, Daniel, Anna and Martha all come from the region of Songea in southern Tanzania, a desperately poor part of the country where many people walk around without clothes.  It is the region where my Tanzania partner Oddo’s family is from and many relatives still live there and share heartbreaking stories about children in need.  Gerehad is one of those children.

Gerehad and Daniel come from a very isolated area and speak no English and no Kiswhaili and their situations are especially poignant to my partner Oddo.

Songea is desperately poor, as I have mentioned and is Oddo’s “home town”.  Oddo was born with polio and without the help of some German missionaries (despite the Tanzanian custom of naming the first born son after the paternal grandfather, Oddo was named, in gratitude, after the German missionary who got him medical care) he would have grown up to be what is referred to as a “crab walker”, a person who, lacking the strength in the legs to walk upright is forced to walk in a sort of reverse crawl on hands and feet.  Needless to say, Oddo is very sensitive to those people afflicted with polio and such is the case for Gerehad and Daniel’s fathers who both suffer with the disease.  They are, unfortunately, crab walkers and must resort to begging, which is extremely difficult in such a poor region as Songea.  Gerehad did not have a chance in his present situation, Oddo’s family shared the story of his plight and now he is here with us!

Gerehad is a very sweet little boy, who, at a young age, was seriously burned on his left forearm.  We monitor him to assess the function of that arm and so far notice little difficulty.  He was seen by Dr. Lyimo upon his arrival.  I will ask you to read Daniel’s bio to understand just how lucky this little boy was to join us when he did.