Lwitiko’s Story Told by Barry Childs

12 years ago, I and 10 Africa Bridge donors first met Lwitiko Kadenge in village of Igembe, Tanzania. We sat on makeshift benches together with the villagers under a beautiful shade tree. After the formal introductory protocol, the village Chairman introduced us to one of the many orphans. It was Lwitiko. The Chairman then did something most unusual. He asked Lwitiko to present the formal village profile. Typically, this would be done by a village leader or an elder, not a child.

Lwitico at the time was a small, very thin 15-year-old boy, with a Primary School education.  Calmly he stood up and with great authority made the presentation. It was brilliant. It was so well, thought out, covering the essentials, yet short enough to maintain our attention.

Lwitiko, being an orphan was fortunate to have completed his Primary school education. However, his prospects of going to a good high school and perhaps gaining a college diploma were nonexistent. Despite the fact that Lwitiko excelled in school and the villagers considered him a genius, he could not conceive of ever leaving the village. Given the circumstances there was no way to further his education.

Through the generosity of donors like you, the lives of vulnerable children and their families in the 8 villages of Masoko were transformed. Lwitiko began to dream of a brighter future.

In the spring of 2014, he graduated from a high school for gifted children with distinctions in every subject. In October 2014 he started Medical School. This July 2019 I received an e-mail from Lwitiko describing what he had learned during a 3 month placement at Durham University Medical School….. in Great Britain. 

In November 2019 Lwitiko graduated as a doctor. His dream is to return to Igembe to practice.  Then in time start a community health initiative using the principles he has learned from Africa Bridge.

Lwitiko’s journey started as a most vulnerable orphan with no hope of escaping his fate…  to now he is living his dream.

At his inaugural address in 1992, Nelson Mandela said that we are all brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous. We are all born to manifest the glory of God that is in each one of us. As we shine our light on others, we liberate them to share their talents and gifts.

I feel very fortunate that Africa Bridge has given me and many others the opportunity to shine our light on children like Lwitiko and to liberate them to be Brilliant, Gorgeous, Talented and Fabulous.

Lwitiko will be joining us on Friday, October 23, 2020 for our annual Toast to Tanzania Event! Visit our Africa Bridge Website for event details.