Akim with his Grandma
Akim is one of the youngsters we are supporting through Rwanda-one4one for education each year. He was born in 2013, but sadly his mother died during childbirth from complications. Postpartum hemorrhage, complications of prematurity and fetal distress are among the main causes of maternal mortality in Rwanda plus the inability to afford hospital care often resulting in at home births and after-care. Akim’s grandmother, at 65 years of age, became his legal guardian and caregiver on his day of birth.
Akim’s family contacted me in late 2013 as their family cow had died and they were dependent on cow’s milk for Akim and the other children as a protein source. They couldn’t afford milk formula let alone a new cow. Through swift and generous donations, we raised funds to buy a new cow, interim assistance to purchase milk locally for Akim and to provide improvements to the cow shed. Within a few months a new cow was at the home and milk was available again.
In 2016, the family noticed Akim’s legs were not lengthening and growing straight. We assisted in having the doctor fit him for leg braces to help correct the issue. In part, lack of mother’s colostrum was a factor. Although this was setback, Akim made up for it in spirit and enthusiasm!
Akim started school at 3 years of age. It is customary for Rwandan children to begin attending school at an early age. For half days, they go to school by foot, learn to carry a backpack and learn very simple school lessons. Now Akim is 6 years old and attends a local school in his village where his grade this year is a B+. He is bright, attentive and enjoys studying. Akim is pictured on his way to school this trimester, dressed neatly and standing straight! He is growing stronger both physically and emotionally. He still lives with his grandmother.
Rwanda-one4one takes a great interest in how well Akim and all the children are doing both in their daily lives and at school. This is the heart of our work and support to the families we are involved with. Thank you for your care and support. It is a blessing they are deeply thankful for.
Akim is always cheerful
Akim going to school