Oct 3, 2019

Introducing our wonderful team

Rose
Rose

Introducing our wonderful team

For the first update we would like to introduce you to two of the housemothers that are working at Diani Children’s Village (DCV). The first one in Rose, who’s already working at DCV for more than 20 years. So she’s very experienced. The second housemother we want to introduce is Marie. She’s now working for 6 years in the home, so also carries a lot of experience.

Rose is a very passionate woman who brings a lot of love, joy and positive energy with her every single day. She started working in Diani Children’s Village in 1998. By that time DCV was settled in Ukunda. In 2000 they moved to Diani Beach and she can still tell, with a big smile, every single detail about that moving day. With a lot of children and a dog in a small car, moving to the new home.
When she started working at DCV she started with helping the others with cleaning and after that she started helping in the kitchen and taking care of all the children. By that time there were 12 children in the home.
When she talks about the children and her work you can see how passionate she is about her job and how proud she’s of all the children. She has seen so many children growing up in Diani Children’s Village. A lot of these children, who are now grown up, still contact her once in a while to let her know how they’re doing.
When I asked her what she liked most about her job, she told me that she loves the fact that she can take care of all the children in the home. She sees every single child as one of her own and the home feels like one big family.
DCV already supported Rose in paying the school fees for her own children and she knows that if she’s struggling with something she can always ask for help at DCV. This project makes it possible to keep on supporting these hard working housemothers, so thank you for your help!

The second housemother we would like to introduce to you is Marie, also called Nyanya. Nyanya means grandmother in Swahili. She’s the grandmother of the home and she told me that she sees all the children as her grandchildren. She’s always singing with the little children and makes funny sounds and all the kids start laughing out loud.
Rose introduced Marie to DCV around 6 years ago. They knew each other from church. In the beginning some people had their doubts because she’s already older. Immediately when she started working all the doubts went away. She’s a really hard working woman, who’s always busy. She makes sure that all the children are doing good, that the house is clean and the food is cooked.
Same as Rose, she is very passionate about her job and loves to take care of the children. Being with the children and spending time with them makes her happy and you can definitely see that when she’s around the children. She told me that as soon as you come to DCV, you will be seen as family and I can agree that you feel that. 

We hope you now know our team a bit better and in the next update we will introduce the other housemothers.

On behalf of the children, staff and committee members we would like to thank you very much for your support!

Marie
Marie
Jun 24, 2019

Newsletter June 2019

Moses and Rita playing
Moses and Rita playing

Diani Children’s Village

June 2019

Warm Greetings from Diani!

Having reached the middle of June, the rain has subsided and the sun has appeared again. Diani is so beautiful, everything is green and colourful.

The children enjoyed their well earned holidays in the month of April. While the girls  played with the dolls, the boys organised a dart competition. It was positively busy at the playground. The young  ones were also present and very curious and impressed with everything happening around them. End of April it was time to report back to school, end of the holidays! The last few days were spend studying and completing home-work so that everyone was ready to start again.

The small children; Moses, Naila, Rita and Victor are developing very well! They have daily sessions at the playroom which they enjoy thoroughly . Its great to see how they progress. The sharing and teamplay is also getting better, their favourite is to play with the cars. Colouring is also a popular activity. Victor not yet so sure how it all works but he finds it interesting holding a pencil!

Rita has also made amazing progress, she is more social and more often has a smile on her face. She walks proudly and follows Moses and Naila when they are moving around with their toys..

Miriam has had a diffficult  time,  following many visit to the doctors and tests she was finally diagnosed with TB.  She was admitted at the hospital for 3 weeks.  Very tough for the Housemothers who worked in shifts so that she was never alone. We are glad to see her improving every day and happy to have her back home!

Unfortunately we also have very sad news, Sunday 9th June  we had to say goodbye to baby Sarah. Our youngest baby we talked about in our last newsletter. On Friday 7th June she was admitted at the hospital with fever and an infection, the doctors did their level best to help her but without result. She detoriated so quickly leaving everyone in shock. Our phsycologist was called in to assist both children and staffmembers to assist with the grieving process.

We would also like to keep you posted on the progress of the fundsraising for a  new vehicle. We now have Ksh 1million and hope to be able to raise the balance within the next few months.

On behalf of the children, staff and committee members we would like to thank you very much for your support!

Having fun in the playroom
Having fun in the playroom
Miriam
Miriam
Sarah
Sarah
Painting bicycles
Painting bicycles
Being creative
Being creative
Mar 14, 2019

Education and Creativity

Baby Mirriam
Baby Mirriam

Greetings from Diani, 2019 has started with several projects underway to address the educational needs of the Children. A review of the Children’s performance at school led the exploration of providing specialized teaching within the Home. The facilities were there so it was a question of adapting them to the specific needs of those Children in need of extra help. The old workshop showroom has now been turned into a classroom where remedial teachers can now come and have a purpose fitted room to be able to give those Children who need that extra help the lessons that should make a difference in their performance at school. Mwanaasha has struggled to cope with the teaching in the schools that she has attended, and it was recognized that to save her from falling out of the education system, she needed to be home schooled, one on one. With the help of a senior lecturer at one of the most respected teacher training colleges, a suitable tutor has been found and Mwanaasha is now receiving the help that she needs. We also have the good fortune to have back one of our previous volunteers who specialized in child education. She has come up with a project to create a room that is specifically designed to help stimulate the learning instincts in the toddlers. The room has all sorts of equipment, tools and toys that appeal to little children and invites them to explore and in doing so, stimulate the curiosity that all children have to learn about the world around them. Despite these exciting developments, there is always a more sobering side to running the Home. Joy, has been suffering from internal discomfort for sometime, and despite several visits to various doctors, she does not seem to get well. She has now seen a pediatric gastroenterologist who has proposed an endoscopy. It will cost KSh. 85.000,- ( £ 650,-) for the procedure, and we are hoping to raise some funds towards this treatment. Our new bus campaign has been going on well and we have managed to raise KSh.650.000,- (£5.000,-). We are still in full fundraising mode to see if we can meet the shortfall of KSh. 700.000,- (£5.450,-) before June when prices of cars generally go up! Finally, we have joy in reporting that all the little babies are well and progressing in line with the normal development bench marks. We are also expecting a new baby whose mother abandoned him outside the hospital that she gave birth to him. The Authorities have tried to find the mother but their efforts have not been successful until now and the child is in need of a stable environment for the first stage of his life. With our Warmest Greetings and Best Wishes for the Year ahead. Diani Children’s Village Team

Rita admiring new baby
Rita admiring new baby
New Creativity room
New Creativity room
Baby Victor at the creativity room
Baby Victor at the creativity room
Joy at the hospital
Joy at the hospital
Hamza to school
Hamza to school
 
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