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?
This past month our Nairobi home experienced the full force of a virulent and aggressive outbreak of Rotavirus. Despite the fact that our babies have received immunisations against the virus, the merciless effects of this ubiquitous ‘bug’ hit us hard.
A common and often life-threating form of diarrhoea and vomiting, Rotavirus is responsible for thousands of infant fatalities across the globe. The replacement of lost fluids is of vital importance, either in the form of oral rehydration salts or, in serious cases, through the administration of intravenous fluids.
The outbreak affected nearly 75% of our babies, spreading like wildfire through the home despite our best efforts to isolate the affected children. At its peak, we had ten children on intravenous fluids with the ICU room transformed into a medical ward. We had to seek out extra nurses, volunteers and a doctor in our time of crisis. We also had one previously healthy boy rushed to the ICU in the middle of the night, accompanied by our National Director and one of our nurses.
Having spent a few days in hospital, he is now backing with us in rude health. We are rejoicing because we’re so grateful that the sick children have all made complete and full recoveries! But all of this could not have been accomplished without uninterrupted access to a clean water supply.
This month reminded us of the dire need for clean water in our Nairobi home and precisely why we are raising funds to install a durable water system. While we couldn’t have predicted this outbreak, we can do everything in our power to keep our infants healthy when problems arise.
If we didn’t have access to clean water last month, we wouldn’t have been able to provide vital medical treatment, to offer clean diapers, clothes, and sheets to keep the babies healthy, or to be consistently nourishing our sick infants so that they didn’t become dehydrated. In short, we could not have provided the life-saving care that these infants needed to survive this simple illness.
Please consider helping us reach our fundraising goal – whether through giving to our project, sharing our story, becoming a fundraiser for our GlobalGiving project, or inviting family and friends to give to our initiative. Your efforts help us offer rescued infants’ new life and keep them well.
Baby Riah was born prematurely in a county hospital and her mother absconded from the hospital soon after delivery. Riah’s mother was caught by police and put on probation, but repeatedly abandoned Riah, making it clear that she was unable to care for her.
Baby Riah was subsequently admitted to New Life Home Trust from the county hospital. Upon admission, Riah was severely malnourished, still underweight, and very unhealthy. Once in our care, she was treated with intravenous fluids, bathed, fed, and given a safe space to get well without further exposure to preventable diseases.
Unfortunately, for a variety of reasons, infant abandonment in Kenya is still very common. Often when we receive new intakes they are in need of intense medical treatment. Part of caring for these babies includes daily bathing, feeding, and medical care, which necessarily require clean, safe water.
The Water Project estimates that “in developing countries, as much as 80% of illnesses are linked to poor water and sanitation conditions.” Additionally, “Nearly 1 out of every 5 deaths under the age of 5 worldwide is due to a water-related disease.” It would, therefore, be potentially devastating to administer medical care with untreated water.
As a registered Medical Care Centre, we are able to provide the life-saving treatments that abandoned infants often require. Using clean water means that our infants become healthy today and have fewer long-term medical costs from preventable diseases.
This means that we must have a reliable water source. This project ensures our ability to treat rescued infants with the quality care they deserve. In fact, according to the World Health Organization, “Every $1 invested in clean water can yield $4–$12 in economic returns.” Having a reliable source keeps our water supply flowing uninterrupted and prevents us from accruing further expenses because of dependence on an outside source.
By supporting our efforts to install these new water tanks in our Nairobi home, you are helping make this possible! With a capacity of 50 infants, our home is constantly in need of clean water. This project immediately impacts the children currently in our care, and the infants that we rescue in the future. That potentially impacts thousands of infants and the families they will one day become a part of; infants like Riah who would otherwise remain without a home, without the treatment they need, and without a future. Your support brings new life to once abandoned infants and allows them to thrive.