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Sambulo’s Story

Sambulo’s Story

   Halle Erwin
   6 July 2018

Due to the sensitive information regarding an HIV positive minor, we are unable to disclose the child’s name. For the purpose of sharing his story, we’re calling him Sambulo.

In the Kingdom of eSwatini, in a valley below beautiful mountains, is an area of villages called Mvutjini. There, a child lives whose plight was not so different from many others’ around the country. This young man, though, has found hope where there seemed to be no hope. His name is Sambulo.

Sambulo’s parents separated when he was four years old. When his father remarried, he and his siblings were forced to live with his grandmother who already cares for eight other grandchildren. The house they share is made of stick and is plastered with mud. They are very poor and never have enough food for everyone.

About this same time, Sambulo began going to the Children’s Cup CarePoint in Mvutjini, where he attended preschool. When he was five, he started to have seizures, and his health began to deteriorate. He was taken to a clinic where he tested positive for HIV. He was prescribed ART (Anti-Retroviral Therapy) medication, but the family could not afford the transport fees for the monthly visits. Children’s Cup stepped in to help Sambulo via the ‘Cup Care Program which has provided his necessary transport to the hospital for medication, follow-up tests, and counseling. ‘Cup provides Sambulo extra nutritional support with Feed My Starving Children MannaPacks to cook at home, as well.

Sambulo is now twelve years old. He is a quiet and well-composed young man. He says he has learned much about Jesus’ love at the CarePoint and is no longer hungry anymore. He wants to be a soldier when he grows up. He loves to play soccer with his friends, and he likes riding on his friend’s bicycle.  

With a shy smile, he said, “If it wasn’t for the CarePoint, I would probably have stopped taking medications because my family couldn’t afford fees and food. More so, I would not be having friends from overseas.”

Thank you for impacting Sambulo’s life and so many others with Hope.