Tekla is 19 years old.  She was married to a very old man.  According to the Massai, her bride price was paid but she was treated like a slave, beaten and bruised and not in a good or safe situation.  Anna visited her in the Massai village, and she was not doing well.  Tekla wanted to see her mom, so Anna connected with the community leader in order to help get in contact with her mom.  The old man wanted the cows back he paid for Tekla’s bride price.  She is at Neema now and her mom felt that she would be safe here.  The man is currently looking for her.  Tekla is scared to go back into that situation.  Tekla is learning Swahili and some English and when the time is right we will talk about a business for her.  She is spending a lot of time with other mommas in the MAP (Mothers Against Poverty) program and is being filled with love and encouragement.  You can help support Tekla and other MAP moms by donating to the MAP program at Neema Village.

Orphans are easier to ignore before you know their names. They are easier to ignore before you see their faces. It is easier to pretend they’re not real before you hold them in your arms. But once you do, everything changes.
David Platt