Elijah is a destitute child. During a tribal war in 1993, twenty-three of his family members were brutally killed. Elijah’s father now has to take care of three widows whose husbands died during the conflict, along with eighteen family members by peasant farming. Daily life is a struggle. They live in a primitive, rural village without running water or electricity. Elijah's father can not support him in his education. They are very grateful for the support they have received through A Better Life for Kids during the annual drought. Elijah's favorite subject is math and he enjoys sports and books. His father told us, "Elijah follows directions well and helps out on his family farm without being asked. Even though he is small, he knows how to farm independently and follows up on his crops without reminders."
It is always difficult to visit Elijah and his family, because they live in extreme poverty. They have no source of clean water and therefore are forced to drink dirty, murky, bad-tasting water that often makes them vomit. A powerful storm blew the roof completely off of their home in the Spring of 2013. Through the Fred Hollenberg Family Assistance Program, A Better Life for Kids was able to send them the money to rebuild their roof. Elijah's father could hardly believe that people in America, who never met him, would care enough about his family to donate this money.
Elijah is so excited that he has been chosen by a very special family for child sponsorship! Thank you very much!
View videos of Elijah and watch a tour he gives of his home. The orphanage manager translates Elijah's tribal village language Basari to English.