Mwajuma

Mwajuma, pictured with Michael, is 35 years old and has walked on her knees dragging her legs since she had polio at age 12.  A few weeks ago she came to Neema Village looking for help.
It is shocking that people still have to deal with Polio in this day and age!  Mwajuma has a 12 year old son named Juma.  The father has abandoned the family.  They rent a small room in Arusha, Tanzania. 
Mwajuma knows how to make the beautiful shoes with handcut leather and colorful beads that are so popular in Tanzania. Neema Village will help her start her own  shoe business.  It is sad and a bit ironic that Mwajuma will spend her life working on shoes, something she will never wear herself.  Her business will cost 490,000 TSH or about $250 USD

Orphans are easier to ignore before you know their names. They are easier to ignore before you see their faces. It is easier to pretend they’re not real before you hold them in your arms. But once you do, everything changes.
David Platt