Mary Azortarike is a beautiful 18 year old young woman. She is enrolled in Bongo High School near her village of Sherigu. Becauset is quite a distance to walk, Mary boards at school.
Last year, when I met Mary, I was so impressed with her. She has a precious, joyful personality, and was so grateful to Women InSpirit for the opportunity to go to school. She is studying catering, and last year told me she hoped to work at a hotel some day. But recently she has changed her focus. It seems Mary would really like to become a midwife/nurse. I have encouraged her to make good grades so that it may become a possibility for her. Mary has one more year and plans to graduate "by God's grace" she says, in 2021.
Taleta, Mary, Azina Sr. (dad), Azina Jr., little Sabastian, Asokere, Ayine (mom) Atambire, and Augustine
Mary is the oldest of 7 children (I thought there were only 5!). Her siblings (2 sisters, 4 brothers) are: Talata (15), Azina (13), Augustine (10), Asokere (8), Atambire (6), and Sabastian (3).
Her father, Azina Sr., is 72 years old, and not well. He is a subsistence farmer. So Mary will most likely be the breadwinner of her family soon.
Her mother, Ayine, is 37 years old and takes care of the children.
Mary proudly showing off the new family home. Early last year, the Azartarike home "melted" during the rainy season, and the family was living without ceilings and walls, all 9 sleeping on one filthy mattress. Thanks to a generous donor, Samantha Flock, the house has been renovated to the delight of the family. They have several rooms, including a cooking room. They even have doors for the first time ever! The house is dedicated to Samantha's Aunt Margie (see below). We will always be so grateful to Samantha for this gift to the Azortarike family.
The family stands proudly in front of the door where a dedication to Samantha's Aunt Margie is
Azortarike Azina Sr., Mary's father, is 72 years old and not in good health. He plants a subsistence garden each year to feed his family. The family makes no income because he cannot afford to plant his acreage to grow surplus. (approx $500US)
Azina (72) and Ayine (37) say that they are blessed to have a wonderful family, and that life is great. Their only issue has the "melting" of the clay during the rainy season, but now that it is repaired, they are very grateful. Life is good!