Junior Gabriel

Junior-007DOB – 2012?

Abandoned at Tumaini in February, 2014 – Junior is looking for sponsorship support

Oh this little guy . . . Initially abandoned at Tumaini with his big brother Aloise (4 yrs.), Oddo did his magic and located the father, found the mother who was arrested and punished and then abandoned the children again to their father who promised to care for them but, with another, young and very pregnant girlfriend . . .

Junior-008Shortly after being returned to their father we received a phone call from Junior’s “stepmom”,

A sick boy came to us in February

A sick boy came to us in February

explaining that he was sick . . . and was he.  We picked him up and immediately took Junior to Dr. Lyimo who diagnosed him not only with pneumonia, but with kwashiorkor, a severe protein deficiency causing him a distended belly, the loss of color in his hair (it looked red when we met him) and an inability to walk.  He was simply too weak to stand up.

Junior’s caloric intake was okay . . . he ate ugali daily, but there is no protein in maize and his liver had become damaged.  He was a sick little guy and thanks to Mama Korosho, who lived with him for his first three weeks at Tumaini, and then dada Mary’s loving care and attention, he is now a busy, walking, talking 2 1/2 year old!

Junior takes a bath-008We had never intended to take infants, or even babies (there are special “baby” homes for the very young) and our home (with stairs) is not ideal for a little guy, but he was so very sick and now that a new baby is in the house (and despite the support of a caring Tumaini volunteer), there simply is not enough work for Dad to find enough nutritious food for his family . . . Junior will suffer again, and so, it has been decided that he will stay, WHICH works out well now, considering that Angela and Glory’s little brother Elisha has joined us also.  I must admit though that between his “just walking” instability, and Elisha’s aggression, poor Junior is experiencing some lumps and bumps!Junior-005

Junior-002He is VERY much loved by the children, the mamas and the volunteers!!