We first met Aroni on May 1, 2004. He was going from gate to gate begging for money for a prosthetic leg. He was tired and hungry and had traveled far from home in hopes of receiving enough money so that he could go home with a new leg. After exhausting efforts, he knocked on the gate of our office and found the end of his journey was near.
His story begins with cancer of the toes, they were removed but the cancer continued to spread, so another amputation above the ankle. A prosthetic foot was not available, so even though the cancer was gone, his leg was again amputated mid calf, then once again to below the knee. Aroni was begging for money so that he would not have to once again have part of his leg removed in order to fit into the standard Government Issue prosthetic. All he needed was 40,000/= which is close to $40.00.
We did not see or hear from him until about three months later in the streets of Singida. He saw Mungwe and threw his crutch down in the middle of the road and said, “Take a picture of the new me.”
Aroni and his family are now sponsored by a single American woman who is sending a stipend each month. He recently received about $60.00 to reinforce his mud brick home that had cracked. See the Donate Page to learn of ways you can help Aroni and his family further.
How can you help?
• There are many more individuals and families that need sponsorship.
• Donate funds to PEN for emergency medical needs.