Said intake photo January, 2012.

DOB October 29, 2003

Came under Tumaini Care January, 2012

Said is an exception at Tumaini.  He has both a father and mother who come from a small village called Majengo, near the Kilimanjaro airport.  Rashid and Neema K. come from the same village.

Said’s (pronounced Sayeed) father is the village chair and works tirelessly to help improve his village.  He is a good man and Said’s mother is kind and gentle and loving although both are desperately poor and lack the funds to send their children to a good school.  The school in the village has more than four hundred children and only three teachers who are regularly absent from their classrooms.  The children of the village do not have a chance at success and so we brought Said to Tumaini in thanks to the hard work his parents do.  It is Said’s parents who made us aware of the dire living conditions of Rashid and Neema K. and had we not brought them under our care when we did, I fear where we might find them today.

Said is a good boy, albeit a bit sluggish and we work to motivate him to apply himself more seriously than he has in the past.  He is the only member of his family to speak English and this will give him an enormous advantage over other children from his village with respect to him performing at school in the future

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