Aunt Mary and baby Victor
Greetings from Diani,
Like any Home, Diani Children’s Village continues to evolve with the changes in circumstances of each Child, and the addition of new needy Children. The socioeconomic situation in the Country and the Local County in many ways defines the direction that we move.
The proportion of children under 4 years is way above what is has been I the past and each Child has his or her unique set of challenges and needs, meaning an increase in the amount of work that each member of staff has to do just to keep things on track. Thankfully, the older children have now come to recognize that they are part and parcel of the fabric of the Home and are taking up some of the non-specialized jobs.
Baby Victor – he is now three months old a is doing incredibly well. As at now, efforts to trace any relatives have not been fruitful but we are hopeful that the social worker and her team will find someone.
Baby Miriam – is now one month old. She was found abandoned on a rubbish heap and was in a very bad state with cuts and scratches to her whole body. She has been diagnosed as HIV positive, which means that her care is done by a very limited number of staff. It is our hope, as has happened before with infants, that her status will reverse if she continues to receive the care, nutrition and medication that she now has access to.
Lydia – is one of the Children who has had a particularly difficult past. She has worked very hard to overcome the challenges that her early years presented her and having graduated from a college that taught beauty therapy, she has now successfully completed her work probation and has been given a three month contract at a five star Hotel and Spa here in Diani. She continues to show commitment to achieving her goal of becoming a fully fledged beautician and opening her own business.
Mwanaasha – as the youngsters grow and start to take charge of their own destiny, we often find that they have hidden talents. Mwanaasha has a beautiful voice and also has a talent for songwriting. She has joined a local gospel choir run by the manager of a local airline and she is going from strength to strength with her singing career. Her dream is still a long way off but she has made a fantastic start.
The Child Adoption program has also been running very successfully. It is the Law in Kenya that should a Charitable Children’s Institution (of which DCV is one) be unable to find any living relatives of the Children, then the next best option is to find them adoption parents. The process so far has been gone well, with the adoption parents keeping in contact with the Home and seeking advice and assistance from the Social Worker if things become a little difficult.
For the Home to run, transport is an essential element is keeping things going in an efficient manner. We have a 14 seater minibus that has been the work horse, taking the Children to school and activities, bringing the staff to work and dropping them back home and providing the essential link to the rest of the working world that is needed to operate. Our bus has done its’ time and it is becoming more of a burden than a help, as the frequent breakdowns and costs of repairs are becoming prohibitive.
After a great deal of discussion and deliberation, we have set as a new challenge, a campaign to raise funds to buy a replacement vehicle. It is a question of how we utilize the resources that we receive. ‘Do we repair the bus or do we buy the essential items for the well-being of the Children?’ We would like to invite you to be part of this campaign for the long term benefit of the Home.
With our best regards,
The Diani Children’s Village Support Team
Hamsa Esther and Moses