Boy, 9 years

Lemy lives with his grandmother and his sister in Masheheni village, where he attends Masheheni Primary. Lemy enjoys playing soccer and jumping rope with other children in the village. He is sponsored by Jeanie Ogden.

Boy, 13 years

Lucas lives with his grandmother and three other children in Mnazi-mmoja village. He attends Masheheni Primary School, where he says Kiswahili is his favorite subject. He says he enjoys studying, as well as riding his bicycle. Lucas is sponsored by Judith Moyer.

Boy, 10 years

Lucky is an only child whose mother and father both died of AIDS. He lives with his uncle in the village of Komboboma. Lucky is sponsored by Earline Anderson.

Girl, 11 years

Mapenzi lives in the village of Marikibuni with her grandmother. She is in Standard 2 class at Marikibuni Primary School. She enjoys reading, writing and playing games. For fun, Mapenzi said she likes “singing and clapping to praise God”. The right side of Mapenzi’s face is paralyzed from a brain tumor at 18 months of age. Mapenzi is sponsored by Patricia Mccreary.

Girl, 8 years

Mapenzi lives in Kipangajeni village with her mother, 2 sisters and 2 brothers. She attends Kipangajeni Primary School in grade 3. She is good at painting and likes to help by fetching water. Mapenzi is sponsored by Earline Anderson.

Girl, 11 years

Mapenzi lives in Misufini village with her mother and 4 sisters; they all attend Masheheni Primary School. Mapenzi lost her father to cancer this year. She enjoys singing, playing legball, and helping on her family's small farm. Mapenzi is sponsored by Janet Paul.

Girl, 13 years

Margaret lives in Masheheni village with her mother and 2 siblings, where they attend Masheheni Primary School. Margaret likes reading and soccer. She is sponsored by Patti Guptill for Ebony.

Girl, 7 years

Mariamu lives in Gis village with her father. Miriam attends the Gilis Catholic Nursery School. Both Mariamu and her father are HIV+. Mariamu is sponsored by Erin Owens.

Girl, 15 years

Martha lives in Mjanaheri village with her mother. She attends school at Mkondoni where her favorite subjects are math, English and reading. Martha says she also enjoys playing soccer. She is sponsored by Maureen Sullivan for Jim and Kathy Sullivan.

Boy, 12 years

Martin Bagala is a 12 year old boy who lives in Mpirani Village. He is in class 3 at Mpirani Primary School. Martin’s parents are both deceased, and he lives with two siblings and an elderly guardian. The family is very poor, and the children suffer from diarrheal disease and malnutrition. They are often out of school due to health problems. Martin is sponsored by Nancy Catlin.

Girl, 18 years

Mercy Samuel lives with her grandmother, Eunice, and four sisters in the village of Mnazi-mmoja. She is in her first year of high school. Mercy says she enjoys reading and playing soccer. She is sponsored by Janice Garceau.

Girl, 16 years

Miriam Charo is from the village of Misufini. Her mother is deceased, and she lives with her father, a mechanic who repairs flour mills, and brother and sister. Miriam loves school, and is a good student. She says she wants to be a Kiswahili teacher when she grows up. She also likes to play soccer. Miriam is sponsored by Maureen Sullivan for Nancy Canino.

Girl, 12 years

Miriam lives in Kabiboni village with her father, 2 brothers and 2 sisters. Miriam is in Standard 4 class at Kabiboni Primary School where she like reading. Miriam likes to sing in the church choir. Miriam is sponsored by Bob Bradley and Torrie Gordon.

Girl, 14 years

Moki lives in Misufini village with her grandmother, 2 brothers and 5 sisters. Moki attends Marikebuni Primary school in Standard 6 class. When at home, she enjoys helping fetch water and studying. Moki is sponsored by Bob Bradley and Torrie Gordon.

Boy, 18 years

Morris Charo is from the village of Kibokoni. He attends school at Majahazini and enjoys playing soccer. Morris lives with his mother, Kadzo, and is sponsored by Terry Cushman and Marc Shiff at the Shawnee Mission UU Church in Lenexa, Kansas.

Boy, 10 years

Mwaro and his 5 siblings lives in Pumwani with his mother and older brother's family. He is in Standard 4 grade at Kadzifitseni Primary School. Mwaro is a good cook, and he helps his family graze the goats. He is sponsored by Phil and Diane Garding.

Girl, 22 years

Neema Kahindi lives in Mkao-moto village with her aunt. Neema suffered hydro encephalitis as a baby, and later from debilitating headaches, and has learning disabilities. She helps with the household chores, and she enjoys jumping rope. Neema is sponsored by Rebecca Nelson.

Boy, 9 years

Nickson is a shy and quiet boy. He lives with his Aunt Phenny, an Imani Project volunteer,. in Misufini village. Nickson attends Marikebuni Primary School and he says he likes playing soccer. He is sponsored by Bob Bradley and Torrie Gordon.

Girl, 18 years

Rehema Kenga lives in Masheheni village with her grandmother and her sibling, Kasiwa. She attends Masheheni Primary School, and she says she enjoys playing sports, especially soccer. Rehema is sponsored by Sharron Hines.

Girl, 14 years

Salama lives with her stepmother in Kaguguta villate. Salama attends Standard 5 class at Ng'andu school. Her favorite thing to do with her family is cooking. She enjoys singing at church. Salama is sponsored by Phil and Diane Garding.