How Children Come to the Home
1. Traditional Admissions:
The vast majority of the children and young people we support came to the Home by being selected from a waiting list of orphans whom had been highlighted as being in greatest need of support, and often were neglected and at risk.
Staff from the Home would visit the 'family' and make a judgement about whether the child / young person should be admitted to the Home. On joining the Home, they would be provided with a bed, clothes and medical care and, in time, introduced to education in a local school.
For a few years we have been unable to admit many new children due to the rising costs of supporting those we already have. However, some new additions have occurred, usually through Court Orders.
2. Court Order Admissions:
Sometimes the local Children's Department will come to the Home with a child or young person and insist that they are admitted - regardless of the fact that there may not be sufficient funds to support a new child!
There have been several others, including a girl we'll call ‘Martha’, who joined very recently. This is Martha’s story:
The District Children's Officer brought Martha to the Home. She is 16 years old but had been out of school for a year doing child labour to help raise funds for her hospitalised mother (a single mum).
Martha had just been rescued from abductors who were transporting her to Nairobi - and possibly on to Saudi Arabia - in connection with the child trafficking and slave trade that has been reported in Kenya.
The priority for us is that the children are healthy, happy and safe, but they also appreciate the opportunity of a good education, and we want them to do their best.
Notable recent exam successes have included Lilian Olgoli ('A') and Wendy George (B+). A few of the children have struggled and, of these, 3 have moved to new schools - which we hope will be helpful for them.