Elijah was born in May 2011. His mother was a 16-year-old prostitute who had lost her mother and appealed to the Tuni Home for help when she was pregnant.
She stayed there until she gave birth. Neither she nor her relatives wished to take care of the boy. Moreover, she was HIV positive.
Elijah tested HIV positive when born but has since tested negative which is a huge relief. When three months old he contracted cerebral encephalitis and required 45 days in hospital.
He is now thriving, cared for by several older children, and is affectionately known as Dumpa (Telegu for potato).