Naumbe always smiles. She must be at least 30. Born with Down syndrome, she brings a youthful, energetic vibe to our group. She is also an essential member, without whom, our group would likely not function. She is the legs and arms and muscle for everyone whose physical strength has been diminished by polio, war, or birth defect. Without complaint, Naumbe daily collects water from a spring about a mile’s walk away. She sweeps the compound, sweeps the classrooms, washes Simon’s clothes and bed sheets, helps with the cooking and serving, and excitedly participates in the English class of our Adult Learning Center. She is one of our most faithful members and she has truly found a second home among the people of Hands of Mercy. Among them, she is accepted and appreciated as an integral part of the family we all have together.

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