Mobility for Africa Team Member – Joram Dambana
We are very pleased that Joram Dambana will provide support to the local assembly of the tricycles.
Jorum and I first met in 2004 when he was 16 years old. At the time he lived at Nebuha Nehanda Children’s Home on the outskirts of Harare. Most of children at the home where orphaned and had ended up on the streets. The police and local city authorities would round them up and drop them at this remote location about 40 km away from the city centre, where the hope was they would be less visible and disruptive.
Joram was my tour guide on my first visit to the Home and our friendship grew from there. He was a born leader, who all the children clearly looked up. Life had not been easy for Joram, who had lost his mother when he was 6 years old, and then his aunt two years later. With no other options, he ended up on the streets, where he survived for four years before he was taken to the home and had the opportunity to start to go to school.
He found his talent at school, where he become a champion in athletics, breaking the national 400 metre record. Lack of a birth certificate denied Joram the opportunity to compete in international games, a chapter which left him hear broken and despondent. But Joram is not someone who gives up. When he finished school, he undertook to study mechanics. With some the extra support I provided, he graduated and spent a year in Mozambique working in mechanics.
While I kept in touch with Joram over the years, he has always managed to support himself and now his family. In 2008, he got married and had a beautiful girl called Shelly. He now runs a company that supplies timber and gum poles for mining and has a joint venture stake in a 30-ton truck company. In his spare time, he coaches school athletics.