DOB: January 9, 2006
Nokuphila and her twin brother have living parents, but both of them are mentally ill alcoholics. The twins were neglected and abused for years, often begging for food in the village of Sipete.
Because her brother is hearing impaired, Nokuphila became his protector. They have a very close bond.
Both were severely malnourished when they came to Shepherd's Care. People had taunted them for years, saying they were stupid and would never amount to anything--even saying her brother was demon-possessed, causing his deafness.
Neighbors were tired of feeding them; food was scarce for everyone.
Since social welfare brought them to Shepherd's Care, she has blossomed with good nutrition. Learning is a challenge; she was #43 of 45 students in 4th grade. A specialist told us she probably can't learn, but she should stay in school through 7th grade and then learn a trade. A tutor worked with her for a few months and we saw some improvements. But school is definitely a challenge even in elementary.
So we'll prayerfully consider her skills and what fuels her joy, and we'll help her find a career path that will provide for her needs in adulthood.
Nokuphila is an absolutely delightful young lady, always smiling, and ever grateful for the loving care she's receiving.
Total annual need:
Still needed: $50/mo
Copyright Becky Spencer Ministries 2012