Martha Intake

Martha intake photo, 2009.

DOB Unknown but we celebrate it on April 30th

Came under Tumaini care early 2009.

Martha is big sister to Anna but by how much we do not know yet because we have no date of birth for her.  Anna and Martha’s story is a sad one and her arrival at Tumaini House was delayed because, due to excessive rains the roads were washed out and she could not be picked up from the village she was staying in after losing her mother.

Martha and Anna’s mother has been convicted of murder and was imprisoned after, in her sleep, she accidentally rolled onto her infant child killing him.  As I explained in Anna’s bio, Songea, the region of Tanzania from where these sisters come is desperately poor and without a father or a mother to provide for them, these children didn’t stand a chance.  Friends of my partner Oddo’s family, who still live in that part of the country, pled with Oddo to assist and, as with all of our children, the need was great enough for us to welcome them to Tumaini House.  Martha’s mother was pardoned by President Kikwete in 2015 and the girls returned to their village to reunite in a visit with her but live with us at Tumaini in order to complete their studies.