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Riziki

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Riziki is a determined young mother, with 2 very young children.  When her first son, Daniel, was born 2 months early he weighed only 2 pounds.  Riziki stayed by his side praying that he would survive.  And miraculously, he did! 

 

Then, when Daniel was only a few months old, and just beginning to gain his strenth, the war in Congo escalated and Riziki had to flee with Daniel to the refugee camps in Burundi.  Riziki fled with crutches under her arms (she is disabled from polio) and a baby on her back, and somehow managed to carry a sewing machine as well.  At times life in the refugee camps seemed almost impossible to Riziki, but she kept Daniel by her side, and kept sewing. That sewing provides the food and medicine to keep Daniel healthy and he has grown into a strong and chubby little boy. 

 

Still, when Riziki learned that she was pregnant again, while still in the refugee camp and with Daniel only a year old, she thought she could not possibly do it again.   But a few months ago she gave birth to a healthy little girl. And even in the midst of very real challenges, Riziki is deeply thankful, for 2 healthy children and for the strength and ability to provide for them.  If you ever meet Riziki, you will see that she is a soft-spoken and unassuming young woman.  But underneath that surface she has a fierce love for her children, and an unshakable determination to build a better world for them. 

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