The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Who will take care of them?

In Tanzania, the church and AIDS orphans give each other hope

Newstar Sebastian is a 10-year-old with more courage and perseverance than most of us will ever know.

She has AIDS — and knows she faces the same fate as her parents: They died in 1995 and 1996. Her grandmother, Clezencia, now cares for her.

When her grandmother was ill last year, Newstar walked several miles to where she knew she could get food: the Northwestern Diocese offices of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania.

Newstar is one of more than 40,000 orphans in the church's Huduma ya Watoto (HUYAWA) "service for children" program. Begun in 1989, it receives support from the ELCA World Hunger Appeal.

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