Boys from Same African Orphanage Adopted to Same Small Town
Are you in the mood for a feel good story? Two boys were friends in Mozambique because their mothers were friends. Both moms died of AIDS and the boy went their separate ways but ended up in the same orphanage. They were then adopted by two families that lived within 2 miles of each other in a small Arizona town. The families did not know each other and adopted without knowing that the other family was adopting. They did not realize that the boys were good friends. It’s heart-warming to hear about how important it was to these boys to have each other growing up.
“They organized a surprise reunion when they found out Kelvin and Afonso had been best friends in Mozambique. The two boys happily reunited.
‘I was so happy to have him around. I was grateful, of course, but being put in this new family of people that looked different than me… It was hard to acclimate,’ Kelvin told People. ‘I felt like if we were together, everything would be okay.’
‘To have someone from home I could share this new life with was incredible,’ Afonso added. ‘To have him living only two minutes away was something like fate.’
They both went to Gilbert High School together and joined the soccer team. Now, Kelvin and Afonso have both been accepted to Brigham Young University and will be roommates when they head there in the fall. Kelvin told People he wants to become a doctor in Mozambique and Afonso wants to get a degree in international studies to improve adoption between different countries.
‘We talk about growing old, like sitting on our porches in a rocking chair, and living next door to each other, having our kids be best friends,’ Kelvin told People. ‘We’re definitely more than friends, we’re brothers.'”