In January 2016, an emaciated little boy was found roaming the streets of southern Nigeria. The orphan – naked, riddled with worms and close to death – had been abandoned by his family, who believed he was a witch and had been living on food scraps for eight months.
Danish aid worker Anja Ringgren Loven was working in Nigeria when she found this abandoned boy, who the locals labeled as being a witch. Within two days, Loven’s organization, African Children’s Aid Education and Development Foundation, received more than $150,000 in donations for his care.
She named him Hope because he proves that you should believe even in the impossible, try hard and hope for the best.She posted a selfie of her and Hope on her Facebook profile and it received more than 7800 likes.
As you can see on the pictures, Hope is really enjoying his life now having 35 new brothers and sisters who ALL take such good care of him, play with him, study with him, and make sure he is safe and is getting a lot of love.
Indeed, in just three short months, Hope has made a miraculous recovery and is now a happy, healthy toddler. His favorite activities include playing soccer and spending time with Loven’s 2-year-old son.
“I was so sick to my bones to see a 2-year-old boy in such a horrible condition,” Loven told Mail Online about the day she first spotted Hope. “When we first entered the village, I looked over my shoulders and slowly turned around to see Hope sitting on the side of the road. I thought he was going to be a bigger boy but when I saw he was the size of a little baby, my whole body froze.”