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.

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Amadou 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: 1st year trade school
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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 HamaHama Ongoïba - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Age: 16
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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Adama89AdamaDiakiteYacouba Maïga - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Age: 15
Birthday: (28 May 2002)
Nationality: Mali (Songhray)
Moved in: July 2017
School: 1st grade
Sponsor: NEEDED

Yacouba was born in Sévaré. He has the same Dad as Hama, but their Moms are each of the wives. Yacouba completes first grade before his Dad sends him to a Marabout in Mopti, who is not the same one as his brother’s. He spends five years with the Marabout where he begs, memorizes the Coran and is beaten. After 5 years he finally runs away and returns home. He ends up staying 3 years at home, not going to school, not working, not doing anything. After three years his Dad finally takes him back to the Marabout. Yacouba runs away the very next day and soon runs into his brother who had already run away from his Marabout. They decide to go to Bamako together, taking the bus. Arriving in Bamako they beg at the main mosque and other places downtown. After 4-5 months they meet Bouba on the street who tells them about our center. On May 28, 2017, they both show up for the first time and start sleeping in our center, while begging at the nearby market during the day. On July 6th we both took them into our home, and they are ready to start first grade.


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483ArounaKoneBouba Traoré - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Age: 14
Birthday: (21 June) 2003
Nationality: Mali (Bambara)
Moved in: June 2017
School: 1st grade
Sponsor: NEEDED

Bouba was born in the region of Mopti, in the village of M¥k¡r¥, in maybe 2003. He has 2 older brothers, one little sister and three little brothers. His father has only one wife. He does not remember ever living with his parents, as he was sent to a Marabout (Muslim cleric) in Mopti at a very early age. That Marabout happened to be his Father’s younger brother. After a few years he runs away from the Marabout. He tries to take a boat on the river, when an uncle who visited his brother regularly sees and recognizes him. That uncle takes him to his parents that he now sees for the first time. They don’t recognize him either. He stays 3 months with his parents when his father decides it’s time to return to the Marabout. After less than a month, Bouba runs away again, together with Dramane. They meet Moussa on the street, who had already been to our center in Bamako, and so he tells them about it. Together the three make their way to Bamako. Two days after their arrival, Moussa and Bouba make their way to us, for Bouba it’s the first time. It’s July 24, 2016. For the next 11 months Bouba spends his days begging for money, and about half the nights at our center. He claims to never have taken drugs or stolen. At our Easter party in April he gives his life to the Lord, and on June 21, 2017, he moves in, ready to finally start first grade in fall.


Bakary08BakaryBakary Doumbia - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Age: 13
Birthday: (10 December) 2003
Nationality: Mali (Malinké)
Moved in: Dec 2008
School: carpenter's apprentice
Sponsor: Eva

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

Age: 13
Birthday: (21 June 2004)
Nationality: Mali (Bambara)
Moved in:
June 2017

School: 1st grade
Sponsor: NEEDED

Dramane was born in the region of Mopti, in the village of M¥k¡r¥, in maybe 2004. Until the age of 10 he works with his Dad on the fields, but then he sends him away to a Marabout in Mopti, the same Boubacar is at. His older half-sister (same Dad) is the Marabout’s wife. Dramane spends two years with the Marabout before he runs away. He is on the street with Boubacar for a few days, until Moussa suggests they go to Bamako to go to our center. Dramane is on the street in Bamako, until Boubacar finally tells him to come to our center as well, which is around October 2016. While he spends many nights at our center, he begs during the day. He claims to never have taken drugs, and only stolen once. He gives his life to the Lord at our anniversary conference early December 2016 and moves in on June 21, 2017, ready to start first grade in fall.


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Age: 12
Birthday: (7 November 2004)
Nationality: Mali (Fulani)
Moved in:
August 2016

School: 2nd 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.

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

Age: 12
Birthday: (14) May 2005
Nationality: Mali (Dogon)
Resident: Sep 05-Aug 08, since June 09
School: 6th grade
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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 Aaron392OumarSidibeAdama Tall - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Age: 11
Birthday: (13 August 2006)
Nationality: Mali (Peul)
Moved in: July 2017
School: 1st grade
Sponsor: Elisabet & Ryan

Adama was born in Houndé which is in Burkina Faso, near Bobo Dioulasso. He lived with his Mom and finished first grade, when his Dad returned from Ivory Coast with his second wife and put him into a Coranic school. The Marabout was his Dad’s younger brother and lived in Mopti. Adama spent about two years with the Marabout, who continually increases their work load and amount of money they need to bring back at night, so finally Adama has enough of it as well as of the beatings and runs. On the street he meets Bouba, Dramane and Moussa and joins them in their plan to go to Bamako. When the bus stops in Fana, 120 km before Bamako, he gets off to find some mangoes as he is hungry. When he returns, he finds that the bus has left without him. He’s all alone in an unknown town, 9 years old, and starts crying. A man has pity on him and takes him to Bamako on the back of his motorbike. Once in Bamako, he’s all alone in a big city, but it doesn’t take long before he runs into Bouba again. Bouba tells him to come to our center, and so he comes for the first time on August 13, 2016. During the following he spends about 1 night in 3 on our base and begs for money during the day. He claims to never have stolen. On July 4th, 2017, we took him into our home, and he’s eager to start school in fall.


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

Age: 10
Birthday: 20 October 2006
Nationality: Mali (Bambara)
Moved in:
July 2016

School: 4th 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. Habibatou has integrated well with our children and is going to school.

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

Age: 9
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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 Aaron392OumarSidibeHama Maïga - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Age: 8
Birthday: (28 May 2009)
Nationality: Mali (Peul)
Moved in: July 2017
School: 1st grade
Sponsor: NEEDED

 Hama was born in Douentza, northern Mali but grows up in Sévaré, in central Mali. He does one year in kindergarten, but at the age of 6 his Dad sends him to a Marabout (Muslim cleric) in Mopti – the same one Adama was at. He spends one year there until one day, he finds 15000 ($30) on the street and brings it to his Marabout. The Marabout gets angry, accusing him of stealing. Hama gets so scared that he runs away. He spends two months on the street of Mopti begging for money. One day his older half-brother Yacouba sees him on the street and they stay together. They decide to go to Bamako together, taking the bus. Arriving in Bamako they beg at the main mosque and other places downtown. After 4-5 months they meet Bouba on the street who tells them about our center. On May 28, 2017, they both show up for the first time and start sleeping in our center, while begging at the nearby market during the day. On July 6th we both took them into our home, and they are ready to start first grade.


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Age: 5 (?)
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. Musokura has integrated well with our children and has started going to kindergarten.

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