St. Andrews Baby Unit provides shelter and care for up to 15 babies from newborn to 3 years who have been orphaned, abandoned or neglected. The year 2015 began well at the Baby Unit with all children making significant progress on growth and development. We have dedicated house mothers led by Matron Lucy who are doing commendable work to ensure that the children at the Baby Unit are happy, comfortable and healthy. It is always a pleasure to share a good news about Baby Unit and we thought to share Grace's story with you.
Grace was 19 weeks when she was brought in to the St.Andrews Baby Unit, The little baby was abandoned close to a church and was handed in to a pastor’s wife who took her to the authorities that led her to be placed at the Baby Unit. The pastor and his wife had shown interest in taking care of little Grace and making her part of their family but they had to let go of her so that they could follow relevant process to foster her. The pastor and his wife understood the importance of raising a child in a family setting and after following the legal process, they had to wait patiently for months before the children's court gave its final verdict and allowed them to take her home. In the meantime, Grace was making tremendous progress as she was now walking on her own and learning to speak. Matron Lucy says “I am very happy to see that one of my babies has found new parents and a home where she will be brought up like any other child who has been born in that family.” We hope for the best as Grace settles in with her new family and wish her many year of happiness. As Grace left the Baby Unit, we received four new arrivals. Two siblings, Fidelis and Lewis age 3 and 2 respectively. These two together with their other two siblings who are in the main home(Kandara Children's Home) have been neglected and mistreated after their parents separated and the children were left with their father who is a drunkard. Fidelis has joined the nursery school that was started by Vision Africa in the grounds of the children’s home. The other two babies who also arrived two three two weeks ago are Blessing who is 2 years and baby John who is five weeks old. Both babies were brought in after being abandoned. All the other children are doing well. James who is one of the oldest children at the baby unit has been integrated to the main home where he has two older brothers while Angel who was the youngest is now using small plastic stools to stand and make some first steps. Natasha who is the most jovial and ever smiling baby is able to hold small talks with house mothers and other children at the Baby Unit.
We would like to thank you for supporting all the children under the care of the St Andrews Baby Unit. We would like to inform you that Global Giving has its first Bonus Day of the year on the 18th March and they are going to match every donation made through the Global Giving US website with 30%.Please consider informing your family, circle of friends and business associates to make a donation as part of these bonus day! Your giving really does go a long way.
Thank you all for your ongoing support of our work!
Seasons Greetings from Vision Africa and the team at the St Andrews Baby Unit!
Following on from our last update, we are delighted to tell you that little John has now been placed with his adoptive family. It always amazes me how quickly the children from the unit have taken to their new parents in these situations. On the first day that John Bosco met his adoptive parents he refused to be fed by the housemothers and insisted that his new mother should be the one to feed him. He spent time playing and giggling with his new family, a reassuring sight for Matron Lucy and her team who have cared for him since he was very young. When I spoke to Lucy yesterday she told me “It is sad to see them go but we are so happy as it is the best for them.”
Visiting the St Andrews Baby Unit you can’t help but be happy. Last weekend I got to see three little girls practising their walking. They don’t have baby walkers but use small plastic chairs instead. They scoot around the place and it’s almost a race as they go from one end to the other! Anne, Natasha and Grace all looked very proud of their accomplishment. I’m sure it will be no time at all before they don’t need the chairs!
There is one new arrival at the unit, a little boy called Raymond whose mother is an offender. While she serves her time he has been placed at the St Andrews Baby Unit and has settled in well with the other children.
As Christmas is approaching it seems appropriate to mention our Angel and Emmanuel. Angel is the youngest infant at the unit at the moment and is sitting up on her own. Emmanuel is one of the oldest children. He will be turning four years old on Christmas Eve and has had a great year along with his friends Anne and James that he goes to nursery school with. They have really come on this year and have been teaching the younger children some of the songs they have learned in school.
It is thanks to your support through GlobalGiving that Anne, Natasha, Grace, Raymond, Angel, Emmanuel and all the other children at the St Andrews Baby Unit have a safe place to call home and a team of caring mothers to look after them.
Thank you for your support in 2014 and we wish you and your family all the very best this Festive Season.
It's always good to share good news so we thought we would share this with you!!
Over the past few weeks, two little boys from the St Andrews Baby Unit have been placed with local adoptive families.
Peter is almost three years old and was found abandoned in a rented room when he was five months. His family was never traced. Moses was abandoned when he was just one day old and was brought to the St Andrews Baby Unit two days later. He is about to turn two in the next few weeks.
Both boys have benefited from the shelter of the unit and the care of Matron Lucy and her dedicated team. As happy as they have been during their time at the unit, ultimately a family setting is the best outcome that we could hope for and we wish them many years of happiness with their new parents.
Our thanks to everyone who has supported Peter, Moses and all of the other children by contributing through GlobalGiving. Your generosity has a real impact on young children and babies in Kenya which is why we wanted to share this story of happy endings with you.
Thursdays have become famous for the #TBT hashtag - Throw Back Thursday so we thought we'd look through our old photos and provide updates on a couple of little ones.
First up is Ann. Ann was 4 months old and just 3.5kgs when she was brought in to the St Andrews Baby Unit. Her mother passed away from a heart defect shortly after Ann was born and her grandparents were elderly and unable to care for her. They had no source of income to buy formula, resulting in Ann being malnourished. As you will see from her transformation picture, Ann is definitely not malnourished these days! In fact she's a healthy, happy little girl who now attends nursery school and is doing well.
Our other update is from Emmanuel. Born on Christmas Eve, Emmanuel was brought to the unit at just two weeks old. His mother was a school girl and an orphan whose grandmother wanted her to complete her secondary education. Emmanuel had problems with reflux and began losing weight instead of gaining it. Thanks to one of our supporters, the unit was able to buy extra formula and double Emmanuel's intake so that he received some nutrition. As soon as he started being weaned on to foods his health problems disappeared completely. Emmanuel has been in nursery school for one term now and has impressed the teachers with his work.
Thanks to everyone who has supported Ann, Emmanuel and many others during their time at the St Andrews Baby Unit. Without your support, none of this would be possible.
The baby unit is currently at capacity with fifteen children under its care. There haven’t been any new arrivals since our last update but progress has definitely been made.
Little ones Grace and Ann are now crawling and Natasha whose smiling face appeared in the last update is now sitting up and trying to crawl. Natasha also enjoys visits and cuddles from her older sister who grew up in the baby unit and is now living in Kandara Children’s Home main home.
Anne and James are two of the oldest children and have been attending the nursery school that was started by Vision Africa in the grounds of the children’s home. They have now been joined by Emmanuel who started school this term. One of the lovely things about the partnership between the baby unit and the nursery school is watching the children from the baby unit going back after school and teaching the younger children the songs that they have learned.
Another great piece of news is that three little boys are in the process of having their adoptions finalised. While they have received wonderful care at the St Andrews Baby Unit, they will all benefit from being placed with loving families of their own. The hope is that Grace will soon follow them. Grace was abandoned and handed in to a pastor’s wife who took her to the authorities and she was placed at the baby unit. The pastor and his wife have now started to go through the relevant process to foster Grace and we hope this will be successful.
They say it takes a village to raise a child. Our village is international and involves many people with big hearts. We would like to thank you for being part of this and supporting all the children under the care of the St Andrews Baby Unit.
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