Sibling Set of Five



Born April 13th, 2015  Thabani (Happy) Siyabonga (Thanks Giving) is growing fast. The youngest of 5 siblings, pictured here at 15 months old.

Thabani is now 3 years old and growing fast.


Zeni 2015

My name is Nomqhele. (This is an Ndebele name that is used for the crown of thorns that was placed on the head of Jesus.) I live in Pumula East. I like to read and am in Grade 2. My favourite food is chicken, I am a girl and am 7 years old. I have ten toes and fingers. I have two hands and legs.

Pictured here with her little brother, Thabani

Nomqhele is now 9 years old.



My name is Mercy. I am a girl aged 9 and I am in Grade 4. I live in a very well known Western Suburb in Pumula East. I like to play P.E. I like to plant pears and onions at home and at school. My favourite lesson is English. My favourite fruit is Banana and Apple. I like to eat Russian sausages and fresh chips (fries).

Mercy is now 11 years old.



Je m’appelle Sandra. Je habite Pumula East. J ai treize ans. M’a favorite fois est beef stew and herb dumplings. I like to cook. I like wearing clothes that are on fashion. My responsibility is to sure that the house is clean everytime. My traditional name is Ntandoyenkosi (God’s doing).

Pictured here Christmas 2015 with her three younger siblings, Thabani, Mercy and Nomqhele

Sandra is now 15 years old and working hard at high school.  She is missing learning French as it is not offered at the school she now attends and would like to take courses through Alliance Française.



My name is Bryne. I am a boy aged 16. I live in a very well known Western Suburb called Pumula. I like to play cricket and my position is Batsman. I also like to make jokes and it suits me. My favourite food is sadza ( and meat. Apple is my favourite fruit. My responsibility is doing the garden and I like to plant beans. My traditional name is Mthabisi (Happiness).

Bryne is now 18 and graduated from school.  He continues to live and home and works to help support his family.

Zeni 4

Together with their parents, they occupy two rooms in the building behind them. One room is the bedroom, the other, quite literally, the living room (kitchen/dining/sitting). The bathroom is shared with multiple other families living in the building. — in Pumula East, Matabeleland North, Zimbabwe.


Zenifit and four of her five children when I visited in 2015. (She was pregnant with Thabani at the time.) An outstanding young mother, raising her children despite extreme hardship.