At One Horizon we are always talking about amazing people we meet and Tabitha is no exception. Her journey through life and what she has overcome, is an inspiration to us all.
When we first met Tabitha a decade ago, we didn’t really think she would survive another day. She weighed only 40 kilos and was so chronically ill from illnesses that life had thrown at her, that we were prepared for the worst. She was bedridden and very sick.
But with her determination and the dedication of those closest to her, she slowly fought back. It was a hard battle with multi occurrences of TB, malaria and pneumonia. And when you pile the rejection of her family on top of it all, life doesn’t get much tougher.
And with 3 young children to look after, one of her sons decided that life was better on the street. His reasoning was he had to learn how to look after his siblings because without a mother and family support (he believed she was going to die) it would fall to him look after his younger siblings when his mother passed.
So, he had decided to go to the street as lessons for the future. But Tabitha never gave up and this was also partly due to her great friend and mentor Mary. Sure, One Horizon was there, but it was Mary’s dedication to staying the course that helped Tabitha survive. And today, with her new job, new marriage and with her children performing well at school, you wouldn’t recognize Tabitha today. Now Tabitha would be the first to admit she’s a little more than 40 kilos now.
And you know what, we love every kilo of her.