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Takaungu

On our last day in Kenya we took the four sponsored boys Charo, Safari, Kaingu and Emmanuel to visit their family in their rural hometown of Takaungu.This is a coastal town, but it is very sprawling and much more spread out than many of the more urban areas closer towards Mombasa. Poverty is extremely prevalent here and there are many fundamental issues and challenges faced in normal daily life for all the families living here. For our part, the determination and cheerful optimism of everyone you meet inspires and deserves the utmost respect and admiration.

This was also our opportunity to say hello to the family, for Rich and Fai to become more familiar with the background and tribal culture of our boys and for us to let the family know all the details of their sponsorship.

The whole family together
The whole family together

They were very pleased to see us all and very proud of the boys when we told them how well they were all doing in class and how hard they are working. Charo settled into his role of photographer yet again and lots of funny photos with fingers over the lens ensued, just as at Riziki!

Kaingu and his cousin with the other boys playing with the camera
Kaingu and his cousin with the other boys playing with the camera

The boys rural home is still dilapidated, although the walls of the house have been partially repaired. There is still no furniture to speak of but there appears to be slightly more food with less mouths to feed and the boys’ older sisters, Mariam, Mpenzi and Kadzo, all seem healthy and strong. They are also all attending school, which is some improvement, although we got the impression their attendance is not very consistent and that the school is far from ideal.

The boys really enjoyed meeting with their Aunts, Uncles and sisters again and we encouraged the family to be visiting them in New Light Childrens’ Home as regularly as they possibly can. It was a wonderful way to spend our last day and gave us some true perspective on the trip before we returned to England. I really hope some of the brilliant atmosphere and the pure honesty of Takaungu itself has been translated in these photos.

Some of the cousins to the boys
Some of the cousins to the boys
Emmanuel is enjoying his trip home!
Emmanuel is enjoying his trip home!

We gave Charo and Kaingu bags of boys and clothes to distribute among their sisters and cousins. They clearly adored this responsibility and we hope you enjoy the photos of it as much as we have!

Thanks again, congratulations to those of you who can spot the toys and clothes you have donated personally among the chaos! Im sure you can tell how well used they will be!

More about the Boys!

 

A Recent photo of the four boys; Charo (back left), Kaingu (Left), Emmanuel (Front) and Safari (Right)
A Recent photo of the four boys; Charo (back left), Kaingu (Left), Emmanuel (Front) and Safari (Right)

We thought you might be chomping at the bit for more information about the first four sponsored boys on the programme, so we thought we would give you a bit of background to them and why they are sponsored now.

 

When we first met Charo, Safari, Kaingu and Emmanuel they were four brothers in a family of 11 children, all staying in a dilapidated mud hut in a rural village called Takaungu; about 40 minutes north along the coastline from Mtwapa. The family consisted of 7 girls and 4 boys, their (estimated) ages ranging between the eldest at 15 years and the youngest at 2 years.  The ages are all estimates since the children don’t know their dates of birth and because they were not born in hospitals but in the village they do not have formal birth notification cards! 

The boy’s father had recently passed away, and his three wives, the mothers of the children, had all abandoned them. They had one uncle who was attempting to help them with food and clothing, but who was also struggling to feed his own family. Consequently, they were living alone. The boys were working in a local quarry making bricks to earn a small amount of money for food, but the family were struggling to make ends meet. The house they were sleeping in was impossibly small, with almost no furniture and all four walls were in a state of severe disrepair; it was clear they could not remain in this situation any longer.

 

The whole 'Kadowe' family at Takaungu recieving balloons, toys and some food
The whole 'Kadowe' family at Takaungu recieving balloons, toys and some food

We began to look for alternative accomodation for all the children, hoping to find them stable places to live where they would recieve food, water and access to education. The chief of the village and the district childrens officer along with some relatives of the children we traced in Takaungu all suggested children’s homes to be the best option and the search began!

 

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The boys with all their sisters preparing to leave for the childrens homes, at the front in their sunday best are Agnes, Karembo, Amina and Dama ready to head off to Riziki..

After finding many homes full to the rafters we came across Riziki Children’s Home, and New Light Boys Home. The guardians at these homes were happy to accept the 8 youngest children and so four of the girls are now staying in Riziki and attending school there. The eldest 3 girls are now living in the village with their uncle, but without the babies to look after, are able to go to school and feed themselves more easily.

 

The boys on their first day at New Light, from Left to Right; the boys' uncle, Mr Samwel the guardian of the home with his small son John (front), Charo, Safari, Emmanuel and Kaingu.    .
The boys on their first day at New Light, from Left to Right; the boys' uncle, Mr Samwel the guardian of the home with his small son John (front), Charo, Safari, Emmanuel and Kaingu. .

1 year on, Charo, Safari, Kaingu and Emmanuel are now fully settled into the New Light Children’s Home in Mtwapa and are firm friends with many of the other boys living there. They are also now attending Mtwapa Academy, one of the best schools in the area, and are newly sponsored as part of Milele.

 

We are intending to help New Light and Riziki Childrens Homes in their respective endeavours to begin a regular connection and link the boys and girls together again. We also hope to instigate visits between the boys hometown of Takaungu where the eldest sisters are staying and the two homes so the connection between them does not weaken.

Over the next few days we are hoping to post some individual profiles of the boys so you will get to know them with us!

New Light Childrens Home

Hello All! 

News from Friday 4th September!

The sign outside the New Light Children's Home
The sign outside the New Light Children's Home

 

 

Yesterday we spent some time in the boys childrens home in Mtomondoni where the four sponsored boys live. Rich really amazed them all with his camera and photo printer, and we all had fun taking photos and looking at ourselves. Many of the children in this area have never seen photos of anyone, let alone themselves and many more don’t know what they look like, since there are very few mirrors in mtwapa!! All the boys at the home were extremely excited to be able to have a photo to keep and we all had a wonderful time with such simple things!

Children from New Light enjoying playing with a camera!
Children from New Light enjoying playing with a camera!

 

 

We spoke to Mr Samwel; the guardian and manager of New Light Children’s Home and his wife Beth; father and mother to all the boys there. They were very pleased to hear that Milele were able to sponsor the four boys Charo, Safari, Kaingu and Emmanuel and we planned with the boys and Mr Samwell to take them to get their uniforms after school on monday! Busy busy busy!

The four new sponsored boys; Charo (back left), Kaingu (Left), Emmanuel (Front) and Safari (Right)
The four new sponsored boys; Charo (back left), Kaingu (Left), Emmanuel (Front) and Safari (Right)

 

 

We have posted some photos here of the boys at New Light enjoying the camera and of the four sponsored boys, and there will be more detail about each of them individually soon too.

Thanks again everyone for your interest and support! We could never have sponsored these boys without you.

Here we are!

Hello everybody!

We have arrived into Mombasa, Kenya after a short 9 hour flight and have settled in wonderfully! We have been spending most of our time so far in a shanty town called ‘Mtwapa’ which is just north of Mombasa on the coastline.

The schools are doing tuition as it is the holidays at the minute and only a few of the children are in class, but we have been welcomed by the director and headmistress of Mtwapa Academy and by some other friends here.

Our friend Fai has also accompanied us on this trip and she is settling really well, already she is nearly a resident!! Fai will also be updating the website during the trip so keep your eyes peeled for the latest!

Thanks to all your kind donations and support we have been able to identify four brothers who will be taken onto the sponsorship programme, which is very exciting news!! The four boys are living at the New Light Children’s Home in Mtomondoni, a neighbouring residential area near Mtwapa.

Keep watching out for photos of the new sponsored children and more news soon!! 

Thank-you again for all your support! It really is making a big difference here. 

Amy and Rich