Meet Norbert!

In country, YCI volunteers are supported by a number of local youth. With today’s blog, we would like to introduce you to a Tanzanian youth volunteer in Morogoro. Here is Norbert (courtesy of  Kaitlynn Tidwell): 

Norbert Shayo, 20 years old, at the office.

Norbert Shayo is one of YCI’s local volunteers, but before working with us he was a beneficiary of our partner organization Faraja Trust Fund. His mother died in 1999 and his father died in 2000 from AIDS infections, and sadly Norbert got HIV from them. He has an older brother as well as a younger sister, but at the time of his father’s death there wasn’t a way for them to stay in their home. They moved in with Norbert‘s aunt and uncle She was very discriminatory towards Norbert because of his status. His older brother didn’t have education at the time, after not scoring high enough to go on after 4th level. They were stuck in that living arrangement  for 2 years and a half.

Norbert started going to Faraja after his Aunt introduced him to their programs to get resources for school. His older brother was able to be sent to school through Faraja and eventually went on to attend teacher’s college. He is now finishing his first degree in Arusha and comes down to Morogoro to visit. Norbert was a part of Faraja’s programs with other youth attending their workshops and education sessions before being introduced to YCI.

Norbert joined us to start giving back to the community. The work the Faraja staff do was inspiring and made him want to work in NGOs, prompting him to become one of our local volunteers. He is an excellent translator and asset to our team. Norbert has been a fantastic help, I don’t know what we would have done without him and I can’t wait to see what else he will accomplish in the future.

Norbert Shayo and Frank Kilongola at our programming in Mgulasi.

– Kaitlynn Tidwell, Youth Ambassador, Tanzania 2012.


2 thoughts on “Meet Norbert!

  1. What an inspiring story. I had the chance to meet Norbert when I was in Morogoro last October and I am amazed at how he has come through his experiences and is such a strong and caring young man.

    Visiting the Faraja Trust sites was one of the highlights of our visit to Tanzania. Thanks for posting this Kaitlynn.

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