When rescued infants come to a New Life home, they frequently arrive malnourished or in need of serious medical attention. Oftentimes, a rescued infant is abandoned in a harsh environment that will affect whether or not that child survives and thrives in our care. Although we regularly receive infants that were abandoned in a stable environment, such as a hospitable room or on someone’s front doorstep, we have heard numerous narratives of babies being rescued from pit latrines, along riverbanks, from the bush, or out of a garbage dump. If left at night, infants can also suffer from hypothermia.
Because New Life Kilimani is a registered Medical Centre, we are able to provide on-going, quality treatment that literally brings new life to these rescued infants. But to offer this service we must have an unfettered supply of clean water. It affects the clothes and clean diapers that child will wear, the food he or she will eat, the treatment received, and his or her long-term, overall health. Indeed, many of the preventable and life-threatening illnesses that children receive in developing nations such as Kenya are a direct result of an infected water supply.
The little girl pictured above, Sadie, was born prematurely in a nearby hospital, but her mother absconded from the hospital room shortly after delivery. She was caught by police and put on probation, but repeatedly abandoned Sadie, eventually deciding to give her up for adoption.
By the time Baby Sadie arrived at New Life Kilimani, she was severely malnourished and still very underweight and unhealthy, with several other serious health issues. Within just one month, Sadie has made slow but steady progress and transformed before our eyes! Baby Sadie recently recovered from pneumonia, she has become a plump, healthy weight, and has begun respond to caregivers, giving her first smile just two days ago.
It’s babies like Sadie that remind us why we work so hard to raise money and to ask for people to cover the costs of our essential needs, like steady access to a clean water supply. Because without your help, we cannot provide the lifesaving, quality care that these rescued infants need. You make the difference; whether you give a lot or a bit, whether you tell the whole world or just one friend. We are able to witness the transformation of new life in babies like Sadie because you care and because you give.
Through a series of committed efforts, Daniel and Miss Yvonne arrived in the US in mid-May to prepare for Daniel’s life-changing, pro-bono surgery. Daniel, our delightful two year old, is still in the USA with his caregiver, Yvonne, and the pair have been graciously hosted by a family stateside during the lead up to surgery and over the past three months of recovery.
In July, the team at The Surgery Center of Carmel worked to give Daniel a Cochlear Implant. Though they volunteered their labor, only half the cost of the implant has been covered. After a month of recovering from surgery, Daniel’s implant was activated and it went incredibly well! Since then Daniel and Miss Yvonne have spent 2 to 3 days per week at a hearing center to teach Daniel to listen, to respond to audible stimuli, and to speak. The audiologist and speech therapist at the center are amazed at Daniel’s progress and keep telling us that it is going better than they had hoped!
Daniel will be returning to Kenya at the end of September and is being prepared for his return journey and for the transition back to his family at New Life Home Trust. The pathway to hearing and speaking is gradual and incremental, but we are so grateful for the hopeful progress Daniel has already made. Upon returning to Kenya, Daniel will continue therapy with an audiologist and speech therapist in Nairobi near New Life.
Our deepest thanks to everyone who has contributed, without which hearing for Daniel would not be a reality. We are deeply humbled by the outpouring of love and generosity.
Have you ever thought of the affect that one small decision in your life makes? What if that decision impacts the life of another – immediately, positively, and in the long run? That’s the value of investing in the rescue and restoration of abandoned infants: every rescued child has the opportunity to make an impact on the world that would have been lost without them. That is the impact that you can have by supporting New Life Home Trust in our effort to keep each of these rescued infants healthy and thriving in our Nairobi home.
Baby Raxton, pictured above, was discovered abandoned under a bush by a group of drunken men who had the sense to bring him to a local hospital. After receiving an initial checkup, Raxton was transferred to a New Life home where our staff was able to administer further care; he arrived with small water blisters covering his body and needing follow-up treatment. Because New Life is a registered Medical Care Centre, we are able to offer these little ones quality care with clean water, warmth, and the safety of home the moment they arrive. In our 22+ years of work in Kenya, we’ve had the privilege of rescuing nearly 2,000 infants and watching life flourish. With your support, we are able to have immediate, local, and long-term impact in these communities and in adoptive families around the world. By investing in our current water project, you help supply a steady and safe water supply for the 50+ infants currently in our care and for the next generation of rescued infants. Despite the effects of extreme poverty, HIV, and political tensions occurring worldwide, the world is also constantly giving birth to new life. We have the opportunity to rescue goodness, to rescue that life, and to be a light shining in the darkness. As Helen Keller said: “Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it.” Will you join us in overcoming adversity by giving to our clean water project?