Theletha is a 69 years old guardian from Sizeze village in Zimbabwe who is looking after her three orphaned grandchildren: Ashillary is a 13 year old girl, Talent is a 16 year old boy and Amandolive is a 14 year old girl.
Theletha says she and her grandchildren were struggling to survive before the fortified porridge came. Since the rains did not do so well last year and their crops failed, there was nothing to give her grandchildren to eat. She says ‘it was very painful for me to send my grandchildren to school knowing they are going on empty stomachs. The porridge came just in time. I had given up and was in tears daily. Now my grandchildren have shining cheeks", she adds before bursting into laughter. She points out that she is amazed that someone can think about her from such a distance to send her this porridge. She prays that God bless them.
Granny Teletha’s grandchildren received three goats in 2012. She is celebrating since those goats have multiplied and now she has 6 goats and 3 kids. Teletha says,” I had no hope of buying livestock for my grandchildren. Now they walk with their heads held up high because they can be counted among the people with livestock. If I die, I know that they will not suffer. They will be able to survive with the milk and meat from the goats."
And now, thanks to the gift of porridge, the animals are not in danger of being butchered before their time, before the flock is big enough to sustain the family.
We at AFCA are thrilled for Taletha and the children - they are a fine example of how well this livestock project is going. Thanks for supporting it, friends!
If you'd ever like to know more about our work or how you can become more involved, please write me at tweaver@AFCAids.org. I am always happy to answer questions!
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