Denbe is now 17 years old.
She has lived with her father and five siblings since her mother abandoned them soon after the birth of the youngest twins. Her mother suffers from an undiagnosed mental illness, but there is no help for her and society tends to reject and fear those with mental instabilities.
Denbe’s father works the little land they have to scratch a living together for his family. This left Denbe, as the eldest child, with the responsibility of being a mother to her five brothers and sisters from the age of just 10 years!
What were the risks facing Denbe?
With no money for school fees and heavy family duties, Denbe couldn’t attend school regularly and struggled to concentrate when she did.
She was placed under great strain to care for the whole family, living in severe poverty, and was effectively denied a normal childhood with her peers.
How did we respond to Denbe’s situation?
We found Denbe a sponsor, allowing her to attend school, and took an active role in visiting and supporting the family to ensure their wellbeing.
She was then enrolled into our skills centre and graduated with the tailoring skills to add to her family’s income.
The story of Dembe is featured in this video:
Children's names are changed and their photographs obscured for reasons of protection.