We first met Mukonda in August of 2010. He had been in our child sponsorship program with his brother, Fred.
Fred and Mukonda were living in a plastic tarp with their parents in a city market. There were issues with safety, disease, and lack of food. Fred and Mukonda needed more help than their parents could provide in the conditions they were in. Mukonda and Fred moved into the Arise Home in May of 2013. They came together and quickly adapted to the home and the other kids they live with. They attend private school with the other children in the home.
Mukonda is very driven in whatever he is doing. The Arise Home has a soccer field that needed grass planted. We weren't apparently doing it fast enough and Mukonda started to ask us to buy him the grass he and planted the field every day after school and on the weekends. Mukonda loves soccer.
Mukonda's and Fred's situation was unique in that they had caring parents. Unfortunately the boys were suffering while living with their parents. It was a hard decision for Arise Africa to make but we were certain we could make sure that the boy's parents are still a major part of their lives. To date, this has happened and it has been a major blessing to watch the boy's relationship with their parents. They visit often and the boys call them all the time.