Delisani is 12 years old and in the 3rd grade. He is a double orphan who lives with his elderly grandmother in a mud brick and thatched roof hut. Delisani first started school when he was six years old, but had to drop out several times because he was too sick to attend. We started taking him to get needed medical care including ARVs. In addition, he has had severe issues with his ears and requires on-going medical attention from the only ENT specialist in Swaziland. This Doctor is on the other side of the country which is about a 3-4 hour bus ride each way from where he ives. We provide supplemental food consisting of powdered milk and nutritious porridge to provide him with at least a minimal amount of nutrition each day. As a result, he is now healthy enough to be back in school.
His grandmother was so discouraged because she couldn’t help him and was looking for someone to take him. She is so grateful for our help and works tirelessly to take care of Delisani.