Helping Orphans When Others Can't
At the beginning of June, Kenya's president announced the official loosening of regulations which gave people a bit more freedom to be out and about. Immediately we contacted a friend, who is well connected with those serving the poor here in Nairobi, and asked how we might help the people who are suffering terribly because of the current state of affairs. "Oh, there are many suffering. Where do we begin?" he said. After discussing several options we agreed to start with a nearby orphanage where a small group of nuns care for 81 kids who were born HIV+. Currently there are kids ranging in age from three months to 22 years.
When we visited the orphanage the nuns explained how the current pandemic has affected their support system. Government aid is now albeit non-existent because of the reallocation of funds to address the public health crisis; the missionary organizations which have helped in the past have since returned to their countries of origin; and several of the overseas non-profit groups that have sustained them have apologetically discontinued support.
Following are photos of the orphanage compound so you can see what it looks like:
|Here is a picture of one of the dormitories.|
I love that there is a grotto out front for our Blessed Mother!
|There is a large garden in the compound which provides them with fresh veggies |
(when things are ripe and ready of course): carrots, corn, beets, tomatoes, potatoes, maize, etc.
To make sure that we got the biggest bang for our buck, we bought the food which we donated to the orphanage from a nearby open market. Following are some photos from our outing:
|Our pseudo-son, Isaac Dario, has always loved doing ministry with us.|
He was super thankful to be able to accompany us to the market to
buy the food and other supplies for the kids.
|Even though Michael felt tired from a "hard day's work" he was|
excited to help the man pack all the food onto the top of our truck.
|I'm SOOOO thankful that my kids have learned NOT to complain about being|
uncomfortable! Their eagerness to selflessly serve others is truly a gift from God!
|What we couldn't buy at the open market we got at |
the local shopping center:
diapers, balls, breakfast cereal, juice and other little treats.
or call Family Missions Company at (337) 893 - 6111.
Thank you and may God bless you and your family!