Project #13249

Beginning Life with Hope

by Sally Test Paediatric Centre

What does metamorphosis mean?

Metamorphosis is what happens to a little boy after a concerned neighbor becomes aware that a demented ninety year old grandmother daily leaves her orphaned two year old grandson alone.

The neighbor brought Sheldon to Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital’s new Shoe4Africa Children’s Hospital last week, malnourished - weighing less than ten pounds - and developmentally delayed – unable to walk or talk.

After only a week of enriched food, lots of love, and attention, this sweet little boy’s eyes communicate his curiosity about this new world as he scoots around on our playroom floor, basks in the sunlight, cuddles up when the temperature drops and the rains fall, and watches his new “siblings” at play. 

Best of all Sheldon’s broad smiles communicate the HOPE he finds among his new Sally Test family.  This wee little one immediately won our hearts.    

We anticipate Sheldon will be walking and talking as his world opens up with new found freedom.

How grateful we are for your generous support as you share in the journey toward metamorphosis with many children who are a part of the Sally Test Pædiatric Centre. 

From everyone at the Sally Test Pædiatric Centre,


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Lydia and Sarah, whom we have featured before, continue to receive love and care as they continue to grow at the Sally Test Pædiatric Centre for their fifth year in the hospital.  We plan for them to go to special schools when school re-opens in early May, 2016. We took both Lydia and Sarah early March for evaluation in a Special School Assessment Center so as to determine suitable schools and their level. Sarah was recommended for a mentally challenged school while Lydia to school for the deaf so as she learns sign language. We are always grateful for the continued support. Thank you.


New Shoe4Africa Pediatric Hospital, Eldoret
New Shoe4Africa Pediatric Hospital, Eldoret

The Sally Test Pædiatric Centre sends you joyful holiday greetings from Eldoret, Kenya.   This has been an eventful year with the opening of the Shoe4Africa Pediatric Hospital on Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital campus as the first public pediatric hospital in Kenya in mid-August, 2015.







Provisions for abandoned children are currently limited so each morning these children are ferried back to the old Sally Test Centre by ambulance where they are fed, bathed, and have adequate room to play before returning to the S4A Hospital in the evening.

Our entire community enjoyed multiple Christmas parties where Santa Claus gave gifts to each hospitalized child while his elves sang carols and distributed cake and juice to everyone.

We want to thank each of you for your continuing generosity that allow our beautiful children to enjoy life.   

To one and all who share in the care of our children - a  big              ASANTE SANA!

Ernest Kirui, Administrator, & some abandoned kids
Ernest Kirui, Administrator, & some abandoned kids
Santa at bedside
Santa at bedside


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Sally Test Pædiatric Centre continues to provide loving care to abandoned children brought to Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital in Eldoret Kenya.

The completion of the new Shoe4Africa (S4A) Children’s Hospital at Moi Teaching and Referral is requiring creative solutions as we care for abandoned children. Without adjacent play area for these young ones, an ambulance brings the kids from the pediatric hospital to our wonderful Sally Test Centre. They are returned each evening to sleep.

Currently we have four children cared at the STPC; two long term children, Serah and Lydia, have begun their fifth year with us. Lydia, who is mute, uses her donated iPad and is able to understand most applications. She also has mastered many daily living skills.Serah is very social and her vocabulary is slowly growing as she beats rhythms on any potential drum.  

Dennis is a loving, energetic and joyful young man who was rescued from an abusive family. For the past four months, Dennis has brought smiles and hugs to the STPC family and all its visitors.

This year we did not have long rains that have swollen our number to 15-17 abandoned children in the recent past when it seems to “rain babies.”

Justus is our newest addition. He was rescued from a pit latrine by Good Samaritan and is growing rapidly in our care as he learns to know how to trust his strange new world..

Photo of Zilpah
Photo of Zilpah

The number of abandoned children has drastically risen to fourteen. These children were brought in after rescued under different circumstances. The most touching of these is the story of Zilpah who was rescued after being thrown into a pit latrine by her mother. Injuries sustained mosltly on her head are slowly healing. She has since found love and happiness with us. Other new children came with malnutrition and are currently on therapeutic nutrition

Lydia, our long term abandoned child has started lessons on sign language through the help of our occupational therapist. She can now identify colours and knows numbers 1 - 10.

Money we collect from Globalgiving buys formula, diapers, cereal and more.

Thank you for your continued support.


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Sally Test Paediatric Centre

Location: Indianapolis - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Ernest Kirui
Eldoret, Kenya

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