We saved a young boy
We found a 10 year old boy living on the streets who’d been there since Christmas 2015. He was filthy, malnourished, and sick with fever. He had one t-shirt and shorts in rags. He begged for food and money from people who passed. His bed was an improvised pile of magazines, newspapers, and cartons with extra newspaper for a blanket. He bathed when it rained but had no clothes to change into. Rainbird intervened and while we worked to locate his family, we got him medical care, gave him a warm bed, nutritious food, new clothes, and tutoring. Because he never went to school, we began daily tutoring to catch him up to the other children his age. We found his family, learned his parents had died and that his brother had abused him, applied for government aid, found another family member to take him in, and began the process of getting him home. He is now well and has gained weight. He sleeps through the night, bathes daily, has new clothing, and is making friends in the neighborhood. His Aid should start in January, at which point we will take him to his sister and enroll him in school. He can now identify numbers, colors, shapes, vowels, and the alphabet. We have a long way to go, but he has made exceptional progress and we’re confident that he’ll be able to finally go to school.