Despite his fortuitous sounding given name Goodluck Noah, at 23, has faced more than his share of challenges in life. But true to form he has weathered them all and attacks a sometimes seemingly bleak looking future with boundless optimism, energy and a smile on his face.
The bright early morning African sun streams through the empty window of Evelyn's tiny one –room hut, illuminating in relief on her face a rare moment of reflection.
Proud, dignified, determined and, by her own account, happy, there is no trace in either her gaze or demeanour of the struggle daily life presents her just to keep going – and not just herself but all the many who have long depended upon and been nurtured and cared for by her. No sense of the wicked misfortune others dealt the same hand might see. No notion of the sacrifices. No self pity.
Imagine a trip that combines the largest mountain in Africa, Maasai culture, football and changing lives. This was our Australian volunteer Sponsorship Manager's experience when she recently visited our academy in Tanzania.
Danielle Davidson is an adventure seeker and importantly someone who wants to make a difference. She volunteers her time at Lengo Football Academy to help us build relationships with businesses in Australia and Tanzania.
Willfred* is fifteen years old and is in form two, which is the second year of High School. He’s the first born in his family and has a younger brother who is ten and is also part of Lengo Football Academy. He is in the forth year of primary school. Both brothers are fully dependent on their Mama.
Their Mama is 32 and is widowed. She raises her two children in a very tough environment and this has been the case since her husband passed in 2009. She and her boys live in a very small 1 room mud hut and she is also raising another boy who she is related to, so there are four of them in total.