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The Manhiça brothers - Mozambique
Habitat for Humanity found Daniel Manhiça and his brothers homeless in Mozambique’s Gaza province last year. Both their parents had died from AIDS and their grandmother from malaria. Eldest brother Daniel was only 12.
For four years the young boys lived alone in a leaky reed hut with a worn thatched roof and a dirt floor that harboured disease-carrying insects.
They had no protection from illnesses or the elements, no security, nowhere to study for school and nowhere to play. Their prospects looked grim.
One day their hut burnt down and the brothers lost their only shelter and everything they owned: clothes, shoes, plates, pots, containers, and sleeping mats.
Ester Uamusse, the boys’ great aunt says,
“They would just stare into the distance.”
The boys themselves say when their reed house was destroyed they felt completely lost and had no idea what would become of them.
Habitat for Humanity responded by building a sturdy, safe home for them. It has a concrete floor, plastered walls, wooden doors, windows, and a metal roof to keep out the rain. It will provide the family of brothers with the foundation and security they need for the future.
“With the new house you see a difference and a change in their minds.
“On their faces you can see how the house has opened their minds. I see them now and they are happy.”
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