In 2010, I met the Laizer family and was immediately drawn to their heart and care for their children. This same year, I decided to sponsor their middle child, Bahati, to get her education, and I have stayed close with the family since then. Although the family has struggled immensely over the past 8 years that I have known them, I have watched both Ezekieli (the father) and Joyce (the mother) show great optimism and do all that they can to provide a better life for their children. When Joyce’s sister passed away, the family did not hesitate to take in her son, so they have now been raising four children. However, in 2014, Ezekieli had a horrible motorcycle accident injuring his legs and left his unable to work at all in his previous construction work. Since then, Joyce has been the only provider for their family of six. She is a full time caretaker of an elderly woman and is currently living off a salary of $13 USD per month. Their monthly rent for their home is $17.50 USD and they are now 3 months behind on their payments. This house also only has 2 small rooms where the 3 children are all in one space. On Joyce’s salary alone, this family is struggling to eat and meet basic human needs for themselves and for their children. This holiday season, I want to give this family a chance to get back on their feet, to save money and assist them in reinvesting their savings in a business that will be sustainable for the family (Ezekieli wants to start a sand business to sell to construction sites/workers). I also want to make sure the children, Bahati (13) have the opportunity to attend boarding and Paulo (11) the opportunity to attend a day school and get an education that will allow for them to follow their own dreams, to become independent and support themselves and their family when they become adults.
Here is the breakdown of costs for this family to live for one year:
New apartment with three rooms and an electricity source: $783 USD ($65.25 USD per month)
Fresh produce and cooking needs for the year: $783 USD ($65.25 USD per month)
Mattresses, linens and household items: $652 USD
A business fund for Laizer and Joyce to start sustainable business: $435 USD
Educational fees and funds for Bahati and Paulo: $1289 USD (boarding 783 USD and 506 day school)
If you are able to contribute, anything helps. I currently live in Tanzania alongside the family (and currently house their eldest daughter Flora until they can get more room) and am able to make sure the donations get directly to this family. I will also be posting progress updates throughout the year of their schooling, their business and their new home, to anyone that is able to help us put this family back onto their feet. Thank you for your time and consideration, please share with anyone you know that may be able to join us in this important effort.