Isaac – 12 years old
Na za orphelin ya papa pe maman. Après liwa ya baboti na bandaki kolala libanada lokola chegué. Nazalaki kobamba mapapa po na vivre. Na sima na bandi kokomba na ba wenze. Pe nasali epayi ya papa moko mpo na kobongisa ndaku ; bazalaki kofuta ngai 4500 Frs pe kopesa ngai biloko ya kolia. Nazalaki kokoka te yango wana nazongaki na balabala. Sima maman Louise azui ngai pe amemi ngai epayi ya maman Thérèse. Ye nde azosunga ngai. Naza na mposa ya mosala mpo na misunga.
I’m orphan from father and mother. After my parents’ death, I found refuge in the street, like any other “chégué” (street children). I started to fix sandales to live. After, I swept the marketplaces. I also worked as a domestic worker for a papa. He paid 4500 Francs (around 5$ – per month) and gave me food. But I couldn’t do all the work. This is the reason why I went back to the street. That is when mama Louise welcomed me to entrust me to mama Thérèse. She is helping me a lot. But I would like to work to be self-sufficient.