Our Kids

Sonshine Village Children

These children are currently without full sponsorship

Joshua Samwell

Gender: Boy

Date of Birth: December 29, 2009

Location: King'ori Tanzania 

 

PERSONAL AND FAMILY BACKGROUND:

Joshua was abandoned by his mother who didn't know the father of the child. This happened in the year 2009. Joshua was left to die at the age of 1 month by his mother who fled about 5 years age and no one knows where she is to this day. No one knew the date of his birth so we have given him a birthday of Dec 29, 2009.

Joshua was innocently suffering and we were touched to rescue him, feed him, clothing him, giving him a good education and sheltering him too. His 82 year old grandmother who was all time in tears explaining all that had happened was overjoyed to see Joshua's life changed into our hands. The day after we received Joshua we took him to the clinic and he was found suffering from stomach tapeworms, rashes, malnutrition and other problems of UTI.
Children's Services Social Worker agreed to let us have him and all paper work was quickly completed.
Joshua is now happy at Sonshine home, finished with his medication and we now see him running to get fit physically

Angel

Gender: Girl 

Date of Birth: Dec 2, 2012

Location: King'ori Tanzania 

 

PERSONAL AND FAMILY BACKGROUND:

Our team was directed to Angel by some concerned pastors who knew of her plight. We learned she had been abandoned by her unwed mother and left with the 78 year old Grandmother who is a widow with no source of income. Our team we started our rescue mission to this hilly, rough, scattered, dry and cold village. We were shown the house where Angel lived with their grandmother. It was shocking; heartbreaking we were all moved to know more about this little girl.

We were told the story, Angel’s mother gave birth and fled due to shame she had brought not knowing who the father of the child was, it was a disgrace to the tribe and they haven't heard from her since she abandoned Angel. Her surroundings were dirty and smelly no bedding very little clothing.Angel was nearly staved; she was actually eating dirt and grasses to make it.  She weighed only 6 Kg (13 pounds) when we received her, she was weak and her organs were starting to fail. The doctor feared for her and our missionaries cared for her around the clock to nurse her back to health.  

We are so happy to save this little one who was innocently suffering and we were determined to put a smile on her face. In only a short time Angel is doing much better, God is so good to bring us together, we are so glad to have Angel as part of our home, we love her so much.

 

 

Andrew  

Gender: Boy

Date of Birth: Feb 2, 2006

Location: King'ori Tanzania 

 

PERSONAL AND FAMILY BACKGROUND:

Andrew lived in a local village named Kickatiti before he can to Sonshine in August of 2014. Although Andrew is free from HIV or AIDS, his father has passed for the illness in 2012 and his mother is now in the late stages. With no place to live, their local church built the family a small shack to live in without water, electricity or even a window in the home. Andrew has 2 older sisters who are able to work as live-in house girls in their village but no one was willing to receive Andrew, even in their local church.

During that time there were many days without food for Andrew, school was impossible and life was very hard for him. He is our newest boy for now, Andrew started school in September and so far he is doing well and they report he is good with math. Our Home teacher is working closely with him to help catch up.

Andrew has a ways to go, he is frightened of strangers and under weight due to the conditions he came out of but his progress is very good and he is loved by his new brothers and sisters. He likes to run and is good in soccer.

 

Joshua

Gender: Boy  
Date of Birth: Aug 20, 2007
Location: King'ori Tanzania    

 

PERSONAL AND FAMILY BACKGROUND:

Joshua is an only child. He comes from a distant Maasai Tribe, and had no contact with anything outside of tribal customs. When he was only 2 years old his father became sick and died suddenly from unknown causes.

 After his father passed away there was much fighting and the tribal council reclaimed the land of his father and forced his mother to leave to her own tribe. She was rejected by her own people and then she was unable to care for Joshua. With no income they had no food and no place to live. Joshua only knew his tribal language so he could not even communicate. He was sick and full of parasites; had different fungal infections and was in a bad condition.  A pastor told Joshua’s mother about Sonshine Village and they journeyed together to visit our home and to ask us for help. The day we received him, Joshua was sickly and malnourished. For some reason we do not know he is covered with many scars, we believe witchcraft was practiced in the tribe.   At first he was afraid to be in water, he did not understand the purpose of the toilet and had no understanding of spoons and forks, also he seemed fearful of everything.  

After some days and many trips to the medical clinic his health improved. He is now able to socialize with the other children, he is very joyful, we can see traits of kindness and honesty, he is a good leader to others.

 

 

Junior 

Gender: Boy
Date of Birth:
Feb 24, 2008
Location: King'ori Tanzania  

PERSONAL AND FAMILY BACKGROUND:

Junior was born when the mother was still very young. She was only in secondary school and she was 15 when Junior was born. Due to the shame, the practice of their tribe is to beat the mother after a baby is born in order to discourage single girls from having babies before marriage. Because she feared the beating, Junior’s mother abandoned him and fled from the village quickly after his birth.

 

Junior was then raised by his widowed grandfather who is now 74 years of age. Even with the difficulty of raising a baby, the old man continued and tried to take good care of Junior without the help of anyone, with no money, no land and no job it was very hard to feed and care for Junior properly.

 

The grandfather is a good man but he is fearful that he will soon pass so he came to Sonshine Village to ask for our help. We agreed to raise the boy and now his grandfather comes to see him often.

 

Junior has always been good to have even from the first day. He is happy and polite and is very responsible for his age. He loves the times we have of worshipping the Lord and often he lead praise and worship in our kid’s church.

Calvin & Oscar

Gender: Boys

Date of Birth: Feb 6, 2010

Location: King'ori Tanzania 

PERSONAL AND FAMILY BACKGROUND:


Calvin and Oscar were born in a very miserable environment and family as well. Their mother is not in her right mind and she didn't know who the father is. Due to her mental problem the boys spent their life in the street, sleeping outside, eating dirty food that their mother collected from the trash bins. They never took shower unless the time they bathed with dirty water on the roadside after it rained. They didn't know anything about clothing since all time they were dressed in rags that their mum collected on the street, or stole from the neighbors. There was no hope, no love and life was so difficult.
Then they came to the attention of Sonshine who God gave the heart for children in Africa. When our leadership was asked to consider these boys we saw the awful condition they were in. It was the first time for them to stay in a house and clean environment, take breakfast and two more meals, all in one day, eat in a clean plate and have other children embracing them with love. To the boys it was very different because in the street other children were always beating and abusing them.

Now both boys are adjusting very well to our home, they are so secure and they are feeling love for the very first time in their lives.

Maggie  

Gender: Girl 

Date of Birth: Dec 12, 2004

Location: King'ori Tanzania  

 

PERSONAL AND FAMILY BACKGROUND:

Maggie and her sister Jasmine are true orphans. Their mother died with AIDS in October 2008 and their father died in 2010 from a short illness. The children were found living in very hard conditions; they were living near the woods in a makeshift home of cardboard and wood. They would sometimes receive food from charity and they would try to sell charcoal and corn to have a small amount of money.

They were dirty and full of despair when they were brought to our home. After finding family members through the church we were able to confirm their history. Following a medical exam it was determined that both girls were AIDS free, however they both are receiving treatment for parasites, typhoid and urinary tract infections

At first Maggie was withdrawn and nervous of her surroundings. She has some fears and we are taking things slowly with her. Maggie has started in our preschool program and is moving along very well. She is smart and building her confidence. She likes everything to be neat and in its place. She enjoys role playing, hide and seek and skipping.

Jasmin  

Gender: Girl 

Date of Birth: Sept 20, 2005

Location: King'ori Tanzania 

 

PERSONAL AND FAMILY BACKGROUND:

Jasmine and her sister Maggie are true orphans. Their mother died with AIDS in October 2008 and their father died in 2010 from a short illness. The children were found living in very hard conditions; they were living near the woods in a makeshift home of cardboard and wood. They would sometimes receive food from charity and they would try to sell charcoal and corn to have a small amount of money.

They were dirty and full of despair when they were brought to our home. After finding family members through the church we were able to confirm their history. Following a medical exam it was determined that both girls were AIDS free, however they both are receiving treatment for parasites, typhoid and urinary tract infections

Jasmin has the best smile, she is physically fit, socializes with everybody without any problem.  She has some signs of abuse, with scars on her arms and legs.  She is a born leader and very tidy. She likes role playing and loves her dolls. She is now enrolled in our preschool program.

Neema  

Gender: Girl 

Date of Birth: May 6, 2007

Location: King'ori Tanzania 

 

PERSONAL AND FAMILY BACKGROUND:

Neema and Pendo can to our home through a local pastor who had concerns for their safety. The girls are from the Maasai tribe and only speak their tribal language, not even Swahili. They were raised in a violent home with fear and brutality every day. After their father died, the tribe decided to take his land by force, so the mother fled to her family home and abandoned the girls with a local pastor.  The pastor contacted Sonshine for help. Both girls have traditional tribal marks on their stomachs.

Neema likes to be alone and separates herself in most cases due to the language barrier. She arrived at our home with some health issue; parasites and fungal infections. Neema likes playing football (soccer), coloring books and singing Gods songs. Both girls are now enrolled in our preschool program.

Pendo  

Gender: Girl 

Date of Birth: Feb 25, 2009

Location: King'ori Tanzania 

 

PERSONAL AND FAMILY BACKGROUND:

Pendo and Neema can to our home through a local pastor who had concerns for their safety. The girls are from the Masai tribe and only speak their tribal language, not even Swahili. They were raised in a violent home with fear and brutality every day. After their father died, the tribe decided to take his land by force, so the mother fled to her family home and abandoned the girls with a local pastor.  The pastor contacted Sonshine for help. Both girls have traditional tribal marks on their stomachs.

Pendo likes to be alone and separates herself in most cases due to the language barrier. She arrived at our home with some health issue; parasites and fungal infections. Pendo needs to be shown love, she likes playing hide and seek and singing songs. Both girls are now enrolled in our preschool program.

Happy

Gender: Girl 

Date of Birth: December 28, 2007

Location: King'ori Tanzania 

 

PERSONAL AND FAMILY BACKGROUND:

Happy and her sister Antonia lost both their parents to AIDS. Their mother died in 2011 and the father died in 2009. They were taken in by an aunt and raised in very poor conditions. When we visited the home, there was no food or clean water, no electricity and no kerosene or candles for light. The place was terrible, their aunt had taught the girls to steal and beg on the streets to sustain themselves; she was not able to give them proper care and was grateful when she realized we could give her nieces proper care.

Happy is well named; she is one of the happiest girls we have. She is free from AIDS but has issues with fungus which we are now treating.  She enjoys playing and eating. She has no problem in socializing with others and she likes playing ball. We have started her in our preschool program and she is responding positively. She enjoys the other kids and plays well in a group setting.

Antonia  

Gender: Girl 

Date of Birth: December 28, 2007

Location: King'ori Tanzania 

 

PERSONAL AND FAMILY BACKGROUND:

Antonia and her sister Happy lost both their parents to AIDS. Their mother died in 2011 and the father died in 2009. They were taken in by an aunt and raised in very poor conditions. When we visited the home, there was no food or clean water, no electricity and no kerosene or candles for light. The place was terrible, their aunt had taught the girls to steal and beg on the streets to sustain themselves; she was not able to give them proper care and was grateful when she realized we could give her nieces proper care.

Antonia has emotional issues that we are working with. She has fear and she needs lots of comfort and assurance right now. We have started her in our preschool program and Antonia is beginning to respond positively. She enjoys the other kids and plays well in a group setting.