Jersken Little Angels home is the realisation of my dream to care for orphaned, less privileged children.
My desire to care for the less fortunate children started from when I was a young girl being brought up in one of the most poverty stricken areas in Nairobi by a single parent. I witnessed how children were suffering after being abandoned by their parents due to excess drinking or poverty and orphans who were left destitute after the death of their parents.
This made me think we were very lucky, although we slept most nights without food or a cup of tea in the morning, at least we had a mother who cared for us. I promised myself that one day if God blessed me and I had a good job with money I would never ever want to see any child suffer and that I would be able to accommodate and look after them. Having lost my Mum, my first husband, two sisters and having to look after those sisters’ children to the extent of adopting two of my nephews, it motivated me even more to start an orphanage.
Jersken has been operating for over one year and we have a total of 15 children who are all in school. One is Sarah, she is 3 years old, she lost her mum when she was only 1 year old through HIV. On her third birthday she lost her dad through HIV. Children services were made aware of Sarah by the only remaining relative, her 15 years old brother. We later received a phone call from children services’ asking if we would be able to look after Sarah in our home.
As a trustee of Jersken I constantly hear such heart wrenching stories from the children. While every story is unique many have a common theme in poverty, abuse, neglect and loss. It costs a lot to run the home and particularly an independent, free-standing one at that. While running a tight ship, revenue from fundraising provides only the narrowest of margins above what is needed to cover operating expenses. This leaves little to fund improvement of the facilities, school fees and health care for the children in the home.
Here is a story of one of our children who we are calling Daisy in order to protect her identity
Daisy is the youngest in a family of four children who was five months old when her mother died from HIV. Her father died one year earlier. The family was in the care of her 13-year-old sister, who is now married to a young unemployed man and cannot provide their basic needs.
After a home visit we saw the need of helping Daisy. Her elder sister and the local chief allowed us to take the three young children. Daisy says that she would like to be a teacher, since she has a passion of children and the ability to support other needy children like herself. Daisy likes playing with other children without quarrelling. She is a girl who likes walking and going on adventures. She does not like to see anyone being oppressed in anyway or seeing children abusing others. Generally, she is a quiet girl who is slightly shy, but still very social to her friends. She is also very emotional, but above all she is an honest, competent and joyful child. Daisy says that she is always happy to be associated with Jersken Little Angels, where children are provided with all basic needs.
Here is a story of one of our children who we are calling Benedict in order to protect his identity.
After Benedict’s parents died of HIV, he, together with his two younger sisters were left under the care of his 20-year-old sister, who’s husband was also unemployed.
Finding it difficult to take care of her siblings, Benedict’s elder sister agreed to let them travel to Jersken Little Angels’ Home, where they were provided with accommodation and an education. Benedict wants to be a policeman as he has a passion for it and wants to capture all those who do not adhere to the laws. He would also like to have a big money generating project to support other kids like him. Benedict likes assisting other children in their activities, he is a wise boy and he thinks critically like an adult and is very supportive. Benedict is an honest boy, he is kind to everybody and before doing anything he first analyses it. He is just a normal boy with no complications and very social and associates well with people. Benedict states that at Jersken there is love and all kids are treated the same. He also says that here he eats well, sleeps well and goes to school every day and is never sent home because of lack of school fees.
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