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?
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.