Gasta Hamza

    2024

    Hamza’s Story

    Both of Hamza’s parents passed away when he was just a baby. He was taken in by his maternal grandmother (Monica) and he grew up believing she was his mother until he was five years old. Monica cared for Hamza plus three of her other grandchildren. Monica is a hard-working woman and although she has no formal education and was unable to obtain employment, she was resourceful and would dig in people’s gardens in exchange for a part of the harvest to feed her family. Unfortunately this small return for her hard work was not enough to keep the children fed or have any of their other basic needs met.

    When Hamza was 5 years old, he started going to the streets in town to beg for food and money to help his family survive. After a year of daily visits to the street, Hamza found it difficult to make the long journey back to his home and started sleeping on the streets at night. Hamza began traveling to different cities to beg for food and money and at the tender age of 6 years old, he got lost and could not find his way home. Both he and his family searched for each other for four years, but were unable to find each other. Eventually he gave up looking and Hamza was fully integrated into street life between the ages of 6-10. Hamza experienced countless hardships during that chapter of his life. He lived every day just simply trying to survive, which was very difficult.

    In May of 2021, Hamza was one of six young children who volunteered to play a role in the PFP video filming project. As it soon became clear that Hamza not only had a desire to return to school, but to also return to his family, PFP made that happen. 

    At the time of rescue, though Hamza had almost zero English vocabulary, he would frequently point to the staff’s phones and say “family—home.” He was asking for the PFP staff to help him find his family. Hamza was able to remember landmarks and some street names and with the help of our social worker he was reunited with his beloved grandmother and his many cousins.

    Hamza now attends a top boarding school and all of his needs are being met by PFP. He looks towards his future with hope and excitement. During school holidays, Hamza stays at PFP’s Hope Home but is able to visit his family under the careful supervision of a PFP social worker. In his free time Hamza enjoys playing football (soccer), listening to music and playing ludo games (board games).

    Date of Birth: June 20, 2010

    Q&A

    What do you want to be when you grow up? I want to become a pilot

    Why? I want to travel to other nations and make enough money to live.

    What is your favorite color? Grey 

    What is your favorite food? Rice and meat

    What is your favorite thing to do? I love playing football (soccer), listening to music and playing ludo games (board games).

    What is your favorite subject in school? Math

    Why? Because I love calculating

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