Today there are 12 children in Jabulani, Kuda, Grace, Hope, Blessing, Daniel, Joseph, Faith, Joshua, Esther, Sarah, Hannah and Abigail who have been given a second chance at life and are part of our family.
Grace continues to be a huge blessing to everyone she meets. Born on 3/07/08 and a very sickly child, she has blossomed into a bright, smart and very sociable little girl. Everyone likes Grace, she is always helping her teacher and fellow students. She has performed very well this year at school and has made the school hockey team. She is looking forward to swimming season again and is determined to win some races. Grace loves pizza and movies and staying at friends’ houses for sleepovers and is always well-behaved. Wherever she goes, Grace is a great ambassador for Jabulani.
Blessing was born on the 18/01/09 in Kwekwe, a townin the midlands of Zimbabweand came to jabulani at around three months old. Blessing is a very quiet and sweet young lady and is blossoming at school. She is not as shy as she once was. At the annual sports day she won some swimming races and athletics medals. Blessing is very competitive and likes to win. In class, Blessing is very dedicated and does not like making mistakes. She continues to take wonderful care of her younger brothers and sisters and is a true ‘Blessing’ to us all at Jabulani.
Hope is a bundle of energy and fun and is always in the middle of anything that is happening at Jabulani .Hope was born on 15/02/09 and came to us a few months later. She has a beautiful smile and a sweet nature and loves to run and skip and jump. Hope has lots of friends and has had a very good year in all her subjects. She loves maths and sports and has won medals at the school swimming and athletics finals. Hope wants everyone to have as much fun as she does and is generally the noisiest one getting into trouble. She is a very obedient child who does not like disappointing anyone.
Sarah is a very happy and mischievous little girl, she loves to smile and laugh and loves to be told she is beautiful or is very smart. She loves words of affirmation and is always praising the other kids. Born on 28/03/12 she came to us at one day old. She has developed into a clever and articulate young lady that loves to sing and dance. Sarah is very quick to learn new things and has a tremendous memory for stories and loves to watch movies and then retell everything that happened. She’s a very smart child.
Daniel was born on 16/07/09 and arrived at Jabulani on the day of his birth. He is very sporty and won his races at the school sports day and has represented his school in swimming. Daniel has done well in class this year and is a very fluent reader and is good at maths and social studies. He loves riding his bike and driving the Jabulani go-kart with all the children on board. Sometimes Daniel is a little headstrong and gets into trouble and we ask you to pray for him specifically in that area. Daniel is genuinely a very sweet boy who gets on well with his siblings and classmates.
Hannah has made great progress this year and has gone from a frustrated and moody toddler to being a ray of sunshine. She was born on 19 /05/12 in Harare and had a difficult first few months but she has come through to be a clever and smiley girl. Hannah enjoys watching movies and likes to sing and eat popcorn. She has had a great year at Playschool and has really enjoyed learning and has mastered most of the core subjects and is very good at colouring and painting. She cant wait to ride a bike with just two wheels. She also enjoys going out for ice cream as often as possible.
Abigail is our youngest child and is a happy giggly fun loving and intelligent little girl. She was born on the 28/07/12 and has developed into a beautiful, well spoken child. She can sing and dance and gets on well with everyone. She knows all the numbers, letters and is starting to count and spell. Her teacher speaks very highly of her. Abi loves to watch movies and eat chicken and pizza and chips. Abigail has a wonderful smile and brings joy to all who meet her.
Joesph is the performer in Jabulani, singing loudly playing drums and wanting to play guitar. He has the dance moves and a big smile. This little boy was born on 20/08/09 and has been a blessing to everyone. His school work has improved considerably this year and he has caught up with his siblings in most areas. His concentration span is still a bit sketchy at times but he is doing much better and is coping well. Joe likes soccer and bouncing on the trampoline while singing at the top of his voice. We pray Joseph will continue to work hard and fulfil his potential.
KUDA & JOSHUA
Kuda and Joshua are two special children who have Cerebral Paulsy. They continue to grow and get bigger day by day. Kuda (10.11.07) and Joshua (16.12.11) have very real disabilities although otherwise are generally in good health. They love to laugh and smile and make a lot of noise despite their challenges. Jabulani is totally committed to their welfare and care. They have received two new special-needs chairs this year which has made a wonderful positive change to their day to day lives. We thank God for these two precious children who are the heart of jabulani.
Faith was born on 26/09/11 and had a difficult early childhood which caused her to be a little bit behind her sisters. She has started school with her 4 younger sisters that has helped her leaps and bounds. Faith is talking much betterand she is enjoying colouring and painting but still has problems remembering some things. We thank God that Faith is developing well and trust God she will continue to make great progress.
Esther has had a great year. She has mastered maths, words and is spelling and counting well above her age group. Esther was born on 14/2/12 and is always talking. She is very inquisitive and has a great appetite. She loves chips and pizza and cake and loves to be given tasks to do. Esther is very competitive and willing to help everyone. She is also very mischievous and likes to play tricks on everyone. Esther is very sociable and has a great big heart.