Given is 12 years old and has been at Chisomo for about 2 months. Given’s father was a fisherman and he died in a swamp, his mother is still alive but she no longer wanted to care for Given or for his older brother Gift so she would yell insults at them if they tried to come home. Given has 2 younger brothers and one sister who still live with his mother but he doesn’t get to see them anymore. Before coming to Chisomo he lived in the Soweto market and earned his money by emptying out garbage bins from restaurants. He would get paid 500 kwacha or about 12 cents for each bin that he emptied. Given explains that life in the streets was very hard and he heard about Chisomo from a friend. Given enjoys the schooling, food and shelter that he receives at Chisomo and he loves to do mathematics. When asked what he would like to do when he grows up, he responded that he had never thought of growing up until now.

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