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.
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.