This is Mandla’s story, a true representation of transformation through God’s love.
Mandla, formerly known as France Khumalo, is beyond recognizable since coming to Challenge Ministries, children’s homes in 2009 after experiencing some of the most harsh life conditions. Mandla was unable to walk or communicate, this was a result of his step-mother losing hope for him and leaving him outside with the dogs, competing for food.
His step-mother remained comfortably in the house looking after her own toddler, while Mandla pushed to survive some of the worst weather conditions on his own. Being born with cerebral palsy and due to his lack of care, Mandla’s physical condition deteriorated until he was barely able to move.
His body was left with his torso clinched to his legs, and his feet being the only way to sit him up to eat.
In August 2009, Mandla’s cruel treatment was exposed in Swaziland’s leading newspaper, leaving the nation shocked. It was an absolute miracle that Mandla had survived. Shortly after his story was uncovered, Mandla was brought to Hawane Children’s Home where he was placed in a mothered home, given immediate care and by God’s grace in just 4 short months of being surrounded by love, Mandla learned to walk and he developed his gross motor skills. He no longer has to fight for food and is now feeding himself at a proper table.
Authorities had explained that due to his conditions it would be virtually impossible for him to walk or to develop properly. And although, Mandla can’t speak yet he surely knows how to dance and jump. Society’s view of a broken life was rendered void by God’s impenetrable Will. Today it is nearly impossible to find Mandla without a smile. He attends pre-school though it’s pass his age but he enjoys playing and being with other kids.
God is amazing and we are just grateful to him for transforming Mandla’s life.