The thought of one being sent to a children’s home is obviously every child’s worst nightmare.
It is a life that everyone dreads but it looks like it is not as dreary as one would have thought going by tales of those who have lived the experience.
At the age of five after the death of his parents Romeo Masawi found himself at a new home with new parents, brothers and sisters.
He became part of the Bindura SOS Children’s Village.
According to him it was not all rosy growing up at a home for, apart from his little heart yearning for its biological mother’s touch society was also cruel to him with his classmates calling him all sorts of names.
“Growing up in a set up were you don’t have parents, kids would call you names calling us orphans and all sort of names,” said Masawi.
Regardless of his circumstances or the many denigrating names he had to live with, Masawi was determined to pursue his dream that of becoming a sports teacher and today at the age of 27 he is known at Admiral Tait Primary School as Sir Masawi, a qualified sports teacher with 7 years experience who is passionate about his job.
“Growing up I have always wanted to be a sports teacher, that has always been my dream,” he said.
The lesson of growing up in a foster home taught Masawi to understand the notion of giving and today he encourages other people to do the same.
“To those guys who have the means please help those kids, have a heart for surely God will bless you,” he said.
Nelson Mandela once said, “It is not where you start but how high you aim that matters for success”.
Masawi is an example of a fighter, a boy who survived, who graduated to be what he had always dreamt about and now he has become a man whose family at SOS is proud of …a man all the other young girls and children in different children’s foster care home can look up to.