This afternoon, a family turned up with their young baby girl named Faraja. She is just 2 days old and so adorable! Sadly, her mother bled so much during childbirth and died. She was HIV+. Faraja was born via Caesarean section at Mt Meru hospital. She has two older siblings aged 9 and 12 years and will return to her father and extended family once she is weaned. All snuggly on arrival… Time for a bath Cuddles with nanny Agnes
Felista volunteered for 1 month assisting with caring for the children before she was offered a permanent position in the laundry, where she has now worked for 4 years. Felista has two adult children and spends her spare time in her garden. She grows many vegetables, supplying mchicha and salad to cradle at a small price each week. We choose to purchase these items from her as it is an additional income for her. When required, we also take any sewing needs to her as she is a talented seamstress. She makes all our cot sheets, pillow cases, sews names [ Read More ]
Leah has been Cradle’s main cook for the past 4 years. She not only cooks for the children and staff 5 days a week, she also does the shopping every week. Leah works very hard, often arriving to work early and leaving late. Her response to almost anything asked of her is ‘no problem’! She is always smiling and giggling. When I asked her what her hobbies were she replied, driving! …. and computers. She would also like to study computing if the chance arose. Here is Leah with a big pot of porridge filled with a variety of grains [ Read More ]
Mary is a dedicated and hard working mother of two girls, aged 11 and 7 years. Mary has been working at Cradle of Love Baby Home for 11 years! Thats from the VERY BEGINNING! She initially started in the laundry and moved into cleaning, which is her current role. She keeps the entire place very clean and no task is too big for her. Mary’s dream is to study computing for 6 months, however she is unable to afford it. Mary speaks very good english and has the most beautiful smile!
Harriet, our social worker is trying to look busy haha. 29 children are enough to keep her busy! Harriet has worked for us for almost 3 years now! Something about Harriet: She loves to TALK! Whether your a visitor, a volunteer, a child, an elderly person, a staff member, or someone from the street, she ALWAYS has time to chat to you. She is so full of energy and fun and always laughing. She is a joy to be around. In her spare time (when she isn’t talking), Harriet likes to sing, read her bible and spend time with her [ Read More ]
Today we got a phone call from social welfare asking us to take care of a set of twins. Two little boys of 7 months who were abandoned by their mother early Sunday morning, 1 week ago. Their father left for work early that day while his wife and sons were still sleeping, only to be called back at 2pm. After listening to the desperate cries of the boys for hours from behind locked doors, a neighbour decided to breakdown the door and investigate. She found 3 boys with weak, hoarse cry’s just lying helplessly on the floor of their [ Read More ]
Elizabeth joined us this week and will replace Sarah as Cradle’s staff supervisor/office manager. Elizabeth is 34 years old and a single mum to three children. An 8 year old son and twins (boy & girl) who are 4 1/2 years old. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with children, reading and travelling. Elizabeth worked as a secretary in Kenya at a herbal clinic, teaching the clients about nutrition. We love this as ‘nutrition’ is one of the biggest things Cradle aims towards. Healthy children and healthy living! Prior to coming to Cradle, She worked in Tanzania with [ Read More ]
I write this with tears in my eyes and an ache in my heart for this dear little boy with his tear streaked face and search for comfort by sucking furiously on his fingers. He was found late in the evening, in a village called ‘Pata yombe’ in Kikatiti, abandoned by his mother in the middle of the thick bush with no blanket and crying hysterically. He is lucky to be alive as Hyena’s are common in this area. Mary, the police woman pictured below, along with Edward, the man that found him (centre) and the village leader brought him [ Read More ]