Sunday, 11 August 2013

SPONSORSHIP SUNDAY: Meet Joshua Niyonziza!

Welcome to the sixth post in my “Sponsorship Sunday” series! Each Sunday, I profile one of our Shelter Them children looking for a sponsor. We currently have 22 children, boys and girls, ranging in age from 1 to 19, available for sponsorship. Most of our children are either orphans or have been abandoned or given up by their parents, so we provide a home atmosphere for them. Each of our children lives in a house with up to five other children and one caretaker, so the children have as normal a life as possible instead of living in an orphanage environment. Because we provide everything for our kids, each child will need four sponsors. Sponsorship costs just $40 CDN per month, and we also welcome sponsors from the United States!

Now, I know we’re not supposed to play favorites, but I have to admit that this little guy has captured just about everybody’s hearts. This is four-year-old Joshua Niyonziza, whose birthday is May 16. He is the youngest in a family of six, with two brothers and three sisters.

Joshua’s parents lived in poverty with their five children. When their mother found out that she was expecting her sixth child, their father abandoned the family. Joshua’s mother tried her best to keep her children together, even though there was no food and nothing to survive on. When the time came for her to deliver the baby, a neighbor accompanied her to the hospital. Perhaps feeling that something wasn’t right, this brave mother asked her neighbor to care for her children, should something ever happen. Unfortunately, something did happen. Joshua’s mother died as she was birthing little Joshua.

Joshua’s big brother, Elie, tried to be the man of the house and keep the family together, even though he was barely thirteen. The children were facing certain starvation, until the same neighbor intervened and contacted Shelter Them, explaining the children’s desperate need. Thankfully, people from all across Canada responded with open hearts and gave generously to provide for this broken little family. Joshua, his big brother Elie, and siblings Sandrine, Josianne, Josette, and Daniel now have a home with a wonderful lady named Clarisse, who has bonded with them like her own children. Clarisse says that having the children “has given her satisfaction and joy.”

Baby Joshua, when he first came to live at Shelter Them. Joshua and his siblings and their mama Clarisse make up what is known as the Kanombe Home.

Here’s our boy, Mr. Cool Joshua! The hat and glasses were “borrowed” from a member of the missions team that visited Rwanda last November.

That’s our Joshie! (after his face painting adventure!)

Joshua busts a few moves out in the yard. Check out the video below and watch to the end; this kid can groove! Future pop dancer right there! The lady with him is Jocelyne and Josephine’s mother, Mama Jo, who heads up the Shelter Them office in Rwanda. He really gets into it at the end.

What about it? Would you consider sponsoring our Joshua for just $40 a month? (approximately $38 U.S.) Your sponsorship will provide Joshua with a place to live, medical help, food, and education. As a sponsor, you will receive regular letters and photos, and you can even visit him in Rwanda! Will this little man be yours?

Joshua gives his future sponsors a big “thumbs up!”

If you’d like to sponsor Joshua Niyonziza, or if you would like to view the rest of our children available for sponsorship, you can visit us here: Shelter Them Child Sponsorship.

Feel free to share this page with your family and friends so we can find him a sponsor!

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1 comment:

  1. What a cutie!! I hope he's sponsored soon!!!