Our Resident Children

Kids August 2016

 Our resident children have partly been taken in off the streets, partly moved in with a parent, and were partly taken in as orphans. Most of them haven lived through horrendous circumstances, and have been loved back to life in our home.


 


Adama89AdamaDiakiteAdama Dembélé - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Age: 24
Birthday: (31 October) 1992
Nationality: Mali (Minyanka)
Moved in: Nov 2010
School: 8th grade (evening)
Sponsor: Elisabet & Ryan

Adama does not know when he was born, only that it was in Sikasso, in the south of Mali. As long as he can remember, he lived with his mother's brother who was married to one wife and had two children of his own. Over the years, Adama saw his mother a few times, but never his father. His mother died when he was in 12 years old, and he was told that his father has died as well.

Adama was first sent to a Quranic school for a few years, though he does not know how many. At the age of 10 he starts first grade in a regular school since his uncle saw that that was more beneficial. In the fourth grade he starts skipping school, walking around on the streets, and staying away from home. For a whole year, again and again his uncle would look for him and take him home. However, Adama did not want to go to school, and did not want to be beaten by his uncle any more. So at the age of 14, he finally left Sikasso and went to Bamako to get away from his uncle.

In Bamako he is on the street for about 3 months before he first comes to our center around Dec 2007. When we started opening our doors for the street children to spend the night in a safe place, Adama is among them, and one of the most frequent visitors. He comes to know Jesus and starts a new life with him. In November 2010 Adama becomes our day guard, and is baptized in water. We send him to driving school to get a license so he can eventually become our driver, and at night he continues his education at school.

Adama has one younger brother who still lives with his uncle as far as he knows. He hasn't seen him since leaving his uncle's household.

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86MohamedOuedrago JosephJoseph Ouédrago - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Age: 24
Birthday: (11 December) 1992
Nationality: Mali (half-Burkinabe)
Moved in: March 2009
School: 7th grade (evening)
Sponsor: Hansi & Doris

Joseph was born as Mohamed near Segou, to a Burkinabe father and Malian mother. His mother died in childbirth when Joseph was 9 years old. His father and the three children then moved o the capital Bamako where they lived with a friend of his father's. His father then lost his eyesight and died when Joseph is 11 years old. He's the middle child of the 3 kids. His father's friend wanted him to go to a Koranic school, but he refused. So his uncle was called to come up from Burkina Faso, and he took the three kids with him to his country, where they lived with him. Joseph's task there was to take care of the cows.

Two years later, his uncle threw out Joseph's older sister, and in shock about that, he left as well. He was 13 years old and on the street. He decided to go to Bouaké (Ivory Coast), and then on to Bamako, where he spent two years on the street. On November 1st, 2008, Joseph first came to sleep on our property, and a few weeks later, he was baptized. On March 15 we took him in. He's doing evening school - it's his first time going to school - and in 2014 he did a 6-month YWAM discipleship school in Dakar, Senegal. Joseph is called to be pastor and has become Paul's - our Malian director - right hand man.

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Daouda Bagayoko - E This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Age: 17
Birthday: (23 August) 1999
Nationality: Mali (Malinké)
Moved in: July 2010, out July 2011, back in Sep 2015
School: 2nd grade
Sponsor: CCARA

Daouda was born in Bamako (Sirakoro) as his parents' youngest child, and both his parents died while he was still very little. He stayed with his aunt at first, until completing first grade. However, she had nothing but contempt for him and took him to live with his uncle. Daouda thought he was his Dad. Daouda stuttered and so he suffered a lot at the hands of other people, including his uncle and teacher who both beat him up because of it. During his second year at school he stopped going because of that. He stayed with his uncle another month before running away from home.

Daouda ended up at the bus station in Bamako where many street kids hope to find money, but find drugs and sex. However, Daouda claims to never have taken drugs or stolen from people. After over a yer at the bus station, he finally came to our base to sleep in a safe place at Christmas 2009, and came back pretty much every night after that. Now he's given his life to Jesus, and in fall 2010 he went back to school. He left several times and came back several times until he left us for good in the summer of 2011. Over the next few years he'd occasionally spend the night on our base with the street children, severely regretting he had left us. In 2015 Daouda was given another chance when we took him back in in September, and now he's happy to be back in our family and go to school again.

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375IbrahimSoumareIbrahim Soumaré - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Age: 17
Birthday: (24 September) 1999
Nationality: Mali (Soninké)
Moved in: Sep 2015
School: 5th grade
Sponsor: Ben & Vera

Ibrahim was born in Badenko, in the Kita region, probably in 1999. He grew up with his parents and was going to school until he was about 11 years old. He had one older sister and two younger sisters and one younger brother. At 11 his Mom takes him to his uncle's house in the Kayes region, where he starts 6th grade. When he's not in school, he has to work very hard on his uncle's field who also beats him up several times a week. After 7 months he can't stand it any more and runs away. He finds his way to Bamako where he's told about us after about a month on the street. He first comes to spend the night on our base in January of 2011, and spends many more nights with us in the years to come. He gets saved and baptized, and in September 2015 finally moves in with us and starts school.

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07AmadouGuindoAmadou Guindo - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Age: 17
Birthday: (29 September) 1999
Nationality: Mali (Dogon)
Moved in: Sep 2008
School: 9th grade
Sponsor: Sepp & Beate

Amadou was born in Nyemakoro. His Mom dies early, and so he grows up with his Dad. In 2007, 8 years old, a year before he comes to us, his Dad kicks him out of the house, during his second year in school. So he lives on the streets, trying to find plastic he can then sell. In September 2008 we took in Amadou, who is a good student, loves Jesus, and has grown up to be an amazing young man.

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Youssouf247YoussoufCoulibalyYoussouf Coulibaly - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Age: 16
Birthday: (26 August 2000)
Nationality: Mali (Bambara)
Moved in: Aug 2011
School: 7th grade
Sponsor: Edit

The first place Youssouf remembers is the village of Sanderegé, just across the Malian border in Ivory Coast (near Sikasso/Kadiolo). His Mom is his father's second wife, and he is the middle child of five, with two older brothers and a younger brother and sister. While he is still young, first his father dies, and then his mother shortly afterwards. The first wife's oldest son becomes the head of the family, and he takes Youssouf to a marabout (Muslim teacher) in Sikasso. Amazingly, he stays there for two years, learning the Quran and taking the beatings before he's had enough and returns home. However, his older half-brother beats him up for having run away and takes him back to the marabout. This time Youssouf doesn't even stay 2 days before he runs away again - to live on the streets of Sikasso.

For about 9 months he sells water on the street, bevor another street kid suggests they'd go to the capital Bamako. Once in Bamako, he is on the street for 2 to 3 months before he first comes to our center in July of 2010. However, he only spends 14 nights with us over the course of the following 12 months. He sleeps at one of the big markets of Bamako, watches TV, and gets scraps from vendors. He claims that he never stole or tried drugs.

In the summer of 2011, he starts sleeping on our base regularly and is quickly noticed for his interest in Jesus and great behavior, and given a chance to get off the street once and for all. Youssouf is such a good student that he skipped a grade and is consistently one of the best students in class.

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 Florentin06BoubacarKoneHamidou Dicko - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Age: 16
Birthday: 16 December 2000
Nationality: Mali (Fulani)
Moved in: December 2016
School: 2nd grade
Sponsor: NEEDED

Hamidou was born in Douentza, in the north of Mali, in December 2000. He starts school like any kid, but in third grade, he has enough of school and skips without telling his parents, so that he never completes the school year. The parents decide to send him to a Marabout (Muslim teacher) in the same town instead. After a while his parents leave town to move to Abidjan; one of his aunts stays in town. Hamidou spends the mornings at a day care center for street children that a Canadian missionary is running, and learns the Coran in the afternoon. After the military coup and the advance of the rebels in 2012, the missionary leaves town. He spends some time with his aunt, while he is still with the Marabout. At first he begs for money for the Marabout, but then a family member gives him money that he gives directly to the Marabout. In the spring of 2016 he has enough of the beatings and decides to leave. His aunt gives her blessing, and so he joins his parents in Abidjan. However, he wants to make money, and so decides to go to Bamako after only two months. The Canadian missionary gives him our contact information, and so in July 2016 he starts sleeping on our base while trying to find a job in Bamako. He’s unsuccessful. Instead he finds Jesus, and his hunger for God gets him noticed. In December he moves into our center on the day he is baptized


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449AmadouDialloAdou Diallo - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Age: 15
Birthday: (13 June) 2001
Nationality: Mali (Fulani)
Moved in: August 2013
School: 4th grade
Sponsor: Celina

Amadou was born near Niono, the fourth child of his mother who was his father's second wife. When he was about 5 years old, he was sent away to a Marabout (Muslim teacher) in Niono. For the next 7 years is being beaten by the teacher nearly daily, has to find his own food and clothes, and make sure he brings the amount needed home to the teacher every night. At 9 years old he runs away with a few other children, but after a few days they're found and returned to the Marabout. About 12 years old, he runs away again. He wants to be a street child, but with street life in Segou "no good", he wants to go to Bamako. He stays in Segou for 3 days to beg for money so he can take a bus to the capital city, where he ends up at the market hall "Les Halles". He spends 10 days there, working for a shop owner, before another street child tells him about "this Christian center" and he comes to spend the night with us for the first time. For nearly two months he spent most nights with us, learning about Jesus and giving his life to Him, before he became a member of our family early August of 2013. He now enjoys going to school.

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Hama Ongoïba - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Age: 15
Birthday: (14) June 2001
Nationality: Mali (Dogon)
Resident: Sep 05-Aug 08, since June 09
Sponsor: Thomas & Ulrike

Having been born crippled on his left side, Hama has from the beginning been doomed to a miserable life. Rejected by his parents and by society, he had to live without love or attention, being beaten and his parents leaving him alone frequently.

Today Hama knows how to laugh. Today Hama DEMANDS his daily hugs, squeezing so tightly you can't imagine his age. Hama is a cheerful dancer during worship, loving to praise God, and "Hallelujah" has become one of his favorite words. Hama is very dear to my heart, and he has also become the older boys' little brother, spending the whole day with us.

That was until he moved out with his family at the end of August 2008, just two weeks after starting the international school that he attended for a year. In May 2009, his father abandoned the family, and in June 2009, the children moved back in with us. Unfortunately there is no educational facilities for handicapped children or any other that will take him, but he loves Jesus and is a joyful young man who mentally stays 3-4 years old.

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 67OusmaneSangareJonathanBoubacar Sangaré - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Age: 14
Birthday: (7 April 2002)
Nationality: Mali (Fulani)
Moved in: April 2009
School: 8th grade
Sponsor: Johann & Ellen

At first Boubacar was growing up with his parents in Sokorani (he doesn't know where ein Mali that is). He's the oldest son, and has younger sister, and a little brother. When he was around 5 years old, his parents gave him away to a Muslim teacher in Manankoro. He stayed with that Marabout for less than a year. Since the Marabout is beating up the kids, Boubacar and a few other kids decided to leave and go to Bamako together. So ended up at the bus station where he spent his days begging for money. It was the summer of 2008 when he arrived in Bamako, and in November he first came to our base and started sleeping in our dining hall. Half a year later, we adopted him into our family. He has since become a top student in school and has shown amazing promise as a young leader and child of God.

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Bakary483ArounaKoneArouna Koné - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Age: 13
Birthday: 3 January 2003
Nationality: Mali (Bobo)
Moved in: July 2016
School: 5th grade in our school
Sponsor: Miracleland

Arouna was born somewhere in Côte d'Ivoire, he doesn't know where. When he is six years old, his parents send him and his younger brother to an uncle in Bamako where they both start going to school. In sixth grade - around April or May 2015 - they get kicked out of school because of missing payments. Instead, his uncle signs him up as a apprentice to a motorbike mechanic. However, his aunt sends him out every morning to sell her merchandise, so that he can't go to the mechanic's. Every night when his uncle gets back home, he beats him up for not having shown up, not knowing that his wife was sending him out to do her business. After two weeks Arouna has enough and runs away. He ends up at the bus station, where he begs for money to survive. He hears about us, but decides to make his way north to Mopti where he ends up working for a fisherman. After a couple months, he wants to return to Bamako, and the fisherman pays his bus ticket to do so. Arriving in Bamako, he decides to find us as he had heard that we treat children well. All he knows is that we are near the hill and that we have a water tower. So he asks around until he shows up at our base on March 29 of 2016. His faithfulness and sweet spirit gets him noticed, and so two days before our primary school started he became part of our family, just in time to also be in our school.


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Age: 13
Birthday: (10 December) 2003
Nationality: Mali (Malinké)
Moved in: Dec 2008
School: 5th grade in our school
Sponsor: Krunoslav

Bakary's parents are dead, and he's handed over to his grandparents who cannot take care of him. Therefore, at the age of 3, Bakary has to walk around on the streets to find food to survive. When we are asked to take him, we immediately agree. Today Bakary is part of our family and goes to school, even though school has always been a great struggle for him.

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Moussa Sidibé - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Age: 12
Birthday: (7 November 2004)
Nationality: Mali (Fulani)
Moved in:
August 2016
School: 1st grade
Sponsor: Sandra

Moussa was born in Diarradougou in Burkina Faso in 2004.  At 3 years old he is sent to a Marabout in Bobo Dioulasso where he spends the next five years. He then decides to run away because of the beatings and goes to Sikasso where he spends the next five months making bricks and earning money. However, the Marabout has a relative there who recognizes Moussa and tells him about his whereabouts. The Marabout then informs Moussa’s father who comes to Sikasso to get his son and take him back to the Marabout. He then stays another two years with the Marabout who does not beat him during that time. Then one day the Marabout’s wife sends him out to go get water. When he doesn’t do it, the Marabout beats him up for it, and so he runs away again, with one other kid. They decide to go to Bamako. On the way there they meet another street kid (Tidiane) in Bougouni who tells them about us. Together the three of them make their way to Bamako and straight to our center. Moussa stays, while his friend continues on his journey to another town. In November 2015, he first comes to our center and starts cleaning in a pharmacy during the day while spending the nights with us. In the summer of 2016 he stars to spend every night at our center, gets noticed, and finally becomes a part of our family.


JonathanHabibatou Sissoko - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Age: 11 (?)
Birthday: 2005 (?)
Nationality: Mali (Bambara)
Moved in:
July 2016
School: 6th grade
Sponsor: Anita

Musokura's Mom Adame moved in with us together with her children when she needed a safe place to stay after fleeing her abusive husband who was beating her. Adame is now helping us with our children.


 Aaron392OumarSidibeAaron Sidibé - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Age: 11
Birthday: (22 March 2005)
Nationality: Mali (Fulani)
Moved in: Oct 2012
School: 5th grade in our school
Sponsor: Gerhard & Jeanette

Aaron was born as Oumar near Sikasso, in Niansangso. He has 2 older sisters, an older brother, two younger sisters and a younger brother. His father has two wives, and his Mom is his first wife. Because of his constant disobedience to his parents, at the age of 5 he was chosen to be sent to a Muslim teacher called Marabout to become a Muslim scholar himself one day. He stayed with him for over a year, begging for money, copying and memorizing the Quran and being mistreated and beaten, especially by the Marabout's own children. After over a year, him and two older children run away, but they get rid of him after only one night. So then-Oumar makes his way to Bamako in somebody's car. Upon his arrival, he is right away told about our center and comes to spend the night; that was in March 2012. Since then he's spent nearly every night on our base, begging for money during the day, and  has shown much interest in God, having received Jesus as his Lord and Savior. On October 25, 2012, he moved in with us, discarded his Muslim name and took the Christian name of Aaron, and is now part of our family. He loves school and is one of the best students in his class, as well as loving Jesus and showing a lot of promise.

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SarataSarata Ongoïba - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Age: 11
Birthday: (14) May 2005
Nationality: Mali (Dogon)
Resident: Sep 05-Aug 08, since June 09
School: 5th grade in our school
Sponsor: Thierry & Silvia

As a girl, Sarata's chances in life in Mali were very bad; female genital mutilation, married by 12, raising kids and working hard the only thing in life.

When Sarata came to live with us in Sep 2005, she was severely malnourished. She developped wonderfully, becoming a smart little girl with a keen mind. In August 2008 she started attending an international school, and moved out of our home two weeks later.

In May 2009, her father abandoned the family, and in June 2009, the children moved back in with us. Sarata is growing up to be a fine woman, loving Jesus and being a good student at school.

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 JonathanJonathan Ongoïba - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Age: 8
Birthday: 8 June 2008
Nationality: Mali (Dogon)
Resident:
until Aug 08, since June 09
School: 3rd grade
Sponsor: Doris

Fanta's third child - after Hama and Sarata - he was born in a clinic in Bamako on a Sunday morning. He's the first child who's born into our household.

In May 2009, his father abandoned the family, and in June 2009, the children moved back in with us. Jonathan now attends school and is growing up to be a fine young man.

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  JonathanMusokura Sissoko - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Age: 4 (?)
Birthday: 2012 (?)
Nationality: Mali (Bambara)
Moved in:
July 2016
School: kindergarten
Sponsor: Elisabeth

Musokura's Mom Adame moved in with us together with her children when she needed a safe place to stay after fleeing her abusive husband who was beating her. Adame is now helping us with our children.

 

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