About 2 days ago, Carol and I were discussing some of the children in the school. Carol told me about Butross Chagara and said he is an urgent case because he is severely abused by his step mother and he needs to be in the dorm. I decided to interview him and find out for myself. Lately, I have not been in tears as I hear the stories, but on this day I cried with him as he told his story and he cried.
He is the cutest little boy. He is 11 years old and in class 5 in Martin’s class. He is always in the top 5, and often number 2. On the last exams, he was number 2 in his class even though he lives in extremely difficult circumstances. I find it incredible. He told me that his health is good, though he had had some chest problems but now is ok.
He lives in Soweto with his stepmother, Violet, another brother named Benson Lomosi who is in class 4 at Heritage (who will also need a school and dorm sponsorship, but Butross’s case is the most critical) and a young step-sibling who is not in Heritage. There is a father who lives in Nairobi, but Butross said he rarely comes home. Butross does not know what his father does in Nairobi and he doesn’t know where his mother is—she left the family.
Butross came to Heritage when he was in the fourth grade. He was living with his grandmother near KIST when his father called from Nairobi and said he had to go live with his stepmother. Butross didn’t want to go, but they made him move. When I asked him about his life at home, he said, “My step-mother tortures me.” I thought that was a very strong word. He says that she makes him work without rest when he is home. She beats him and does not feed him what the other children eat. Sometimes he sleeps in the forest because she chases him away from the home. I asked him if he is frightened and I think this is when he started crying. He said, “Yes, I am frightened.” We cried together.
Butross is really an amazing child. We want to get him in a safe situation as soon as possible and thank you for considering a sponsorship that would provide for his education and dormitory stay.
UPDATE: Butross was quickly sponsored! We are so thankful!
Please contact Lauren at email@example.com if you are interested in sponsoring a child like Butross. Thank you!
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