Our beloved Baby Daniel together with his caregiver, Miss Yvonne, has returned to Kenya from the United States. After his surgery, Daniel spent 2 to 3 days per week at a hearing center in the States learning to listen and respond to audible stimuli. Thankfully, Daniel’s learning went smoothly and he progressed beyond what the audiologist and speech therapist had expected!
Bridgette, whose family hosted Daniel and Miss Yvonne and has been a huge help in the fundraising process, decided to make the return trip as an aid to Miss Yvonne. Bridgette, who has a niece with a Cochlear Implant, took time to sit with New Life staff and teach us how to take care of Daniel in this transition period. Words cannot express our gratitude toward Bridgette and her family – Daniel and the whole of New Life Home Trust will forever be grateful for their kindness.
Daniel has settled back into the New Life family and is still adjusting to the transition. He continues to visit an audiologist and speech therapist every week, and we’ve already seen great improvement in his speech and response patterns. He has settled in well and it is unbelievable just how well he gets along with the rest of the children. Things that used to frustrate him – like singing time or certain aspects of playtime – are now a delight for him to be a part of.
As Cochlear Implant surgery is not available in Kenya, we are still so delighted for the many people that have come together to help a young, orphaned boy from Kenya receive the gift of hearing. We can already see how it is changing his childhood and how it will shape his future. Thank you for being a part of that team of support.
Thanks to the generosity of all who have given, we are more than halfway to our fundraising goal! Over the last month, we received new donors who contributed on Bonus Day as well as a major contribution. Additionally, we had a UK volunteer that used her time preparing for her visit to raise funds via GlobalGiving. As a GG fundraiser, Amanda raised nearly $400 before arriving in Kenya!
We are so grateful for all of you who have contributed to our Clean Water Project and who are invested in our work. It’s currently winter in the Southern Hemisphere, which means we are getting plenty of warmth and sun. Our toddlers have loved time in the pool to cool off and our staff rests easy knowing that progress is being made on our new water tank thanks to you.
We use water everyday is so many ways. It serves not only as a tool for hydration and carrier of sustenance, but also as preventative medicine that keeps our babies clean, well-fed, and healthy. Babies like India (pictured below) who come in needing serious medical care are safe in our home – receiving the best care available, along with a clean water source, to prevent her vulnerable state from declining further.
We know that you are investing in this project because you care too – about the health and wellbeing of once abandoned Kenyan infants. We'd like to invite you to become a GlobalGiving fundraiser for New Life or consider becoming a monthly donor until we reach our goal – all new reoccurring donors in December that commit to giving for at least three months will be matched 2-to1! Invite family and friends to give to New Life this holiday season or ask your company to sponsor a portion of the remaining funds as part of their year-end giving.
However you plan to spend the holiday season, we wish you well and are incredibly grateful for the support and care you’ve shown New Life Home Trust this year. We could not complete the work of rescuing and offering new life to abandoned Kenyan infants if it weren’t for the big-hearted support of people like you worldwide. Thank you!
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.