Josphat, or Jose, and he likes to be called by friends, was a little orphan boy when he came into the ABCD program many years ago. We learned that he had travelled from Kenya where he was living with a grandfather. This grandfather could not manage to care for him anymore so Josphat came to Kilimanjaro, Tanzania to live with Ewald, another grandfather. Ewald is disabled but still manages to take care of many younger family members.
We knew Josphat was special when we met him because even at a young age his English was very good and he had an open, warm spirit. Josphat did very well all the way through school and now he is enrolled at Stefano Moshi Memorial University College in Moshi, studying to be a secondary school teacher. We are so proud of him.
When we visit each year, Josphat makes a special effort to spend time with the volunteer team, helping them with painting classrooms and translating. The photos here belie the fact that Josphat always has a happy disposition and smile on his face.