Help 60 Vulnerable Children Stay in Their Families

by Raising Futures Kenya
Help 60 Vulnerable Children Stay in Their Families
Help 60 Vulnerable Children Stay in Their Families
Help 60 Vulnerable Children Stay in Their Families
Help 60 Vulnerable Children Stay in Their Families
Help 60 Vulnerable Children Stay in Their Families
Help 60 Vulnerable Children Stay in Their Families
Help 60 Vulnerable Children Stay in Their Families
Help 60 Vulnerable Children Stay in Their Families
Help 60 Vulnerable Children Stay in Their Families
Help 60 Vulnerable Children Stay in Their Families

Project Report | Feb 14, 2017
Fidelis Finally Meets Her Mother After Two Years!

By Sherry Waweru | Impact Assesment Officer

Pretty Natasha in school uniform
Pretty Natasha in school uniform

The St. Andrews baby unit has been a safe haven for babies and young children rescured from deprerate situations. Each year the baby unit received a child or siblings who were vulnerable and in dire need of protection, shelter and utmost care. There are a number of children who were brought in due to parental negligence like in the cases of John and his brother Ian, Lewis and her older sister Fidelis, Derrick and the little Fidelis as well as Raymond. All these children have parents or extended families but due to poverty and domestic violence within the family, the children bear the brunt hence suffer due to parental negligence, abuse and trauma. Currently the number of children at the baby unit is 8 since there are no new cases that was reported in the year 2016.

Vision Africa through the vulnerable child support program  is working closely with house mothers at St. Andrews Baby Unit  to trace parents and relatives of the children to ensure that they too are involved in the re-integration program and they are being empowered to take parental responsibilities in the near future. Am glad to report that through collaboration of a team from Vision Africa,  the Area Advisory Council and Children Officers have managed to trace some of the parents and immediate relatives of these children. The team is now making home vistis to carry out needs assessment to ensure that by the time these children are taken to be with their parents  or relatives, all issues that will make them vulnerable again have been resolved.

The first parent to be traced was Fidelis mother. Fidelis who is a sister to Derrick is one pretty and happy girl. She and her brother were rescured by their neighbours and taken to the police after their mother who had the tendancy of locking them in the house and go away for a day or two never came back. The neighbours who were kind enough to feed and look after them while their mother was away got fed up with her unmotherly actions and decided to report her to the local authority who in turn inform the children’s officer who broght them to St. Andrews baby unit . According to matron Lucy, their mother was traced in a village far away and when the team payed her a visit, she said that her husband left them after Fidelis was born and in the process she got depressed and frustrated hence went back to her maternal home. She could not live with her parents due to poverty hence opt to move out again and look for casual work. Raising two little children was not easy task with a minimum wage of $2 per day. This prompt her to live the children behind with neighbours to go find greener pastures. She worked as house help for a while before starting a small business as a vegetable vendor in the market. It was during that period that she had another baby thus making her a mother of three. In Novemberof 2016, Fidelis mother met her children for the first time in two years. Although Derrick recognized her, little Fidelis had no idea who she was. The social worker encouraged her to make several visits so as to build the bond and eventually was allowed to take them home to spend Christmas Holiday.Our vulnerable child support officer made home visits to ensure that the children are taken care of  and after the festive season ended, they were returned back to the children’s home so that the process of reintegration can begin.  At the time the mother took the children home, their father came to visit and he wanted to take Fidelis away living Derrick behind but our staff intervened since both parents had unresolved issues which would cause massive harm to the children. The vulnerable child support who is in charge of the reintregration program is working with community elders and other local counsellor to ensure that both parents have resolved their differences so that the children can find a happy and safe environment when the right time comes.

Other news is that the all the children are healthy and making good progress. Natasha who was taken by her maternal uncle to celebrate Christmas holiday with his family has been brought back and started school .She joined Blessing, Lewis & John who joined baby class last year. All these children are allowed to go for their break time snacks and lunch at the baby unit to maintain their health as they are used to enjoy nutritious meals prepared by the house mothers. Raymond’s mother has also been traced and a meeting with Natasha relatives is ongoing since her mother is mentally retarted. I believe that all the children deserve to live in good and safe environment where they will be raised with love, affection and best care so that they can grow well and become responsible citizens in future.

I would like to sincerely thank you for your continuous support towards the St. Andrews Baby Unit. It is through your generous giving that we are able to raise the children in a safe and homely environment where they received love, affection and protection besides the basic needs. The reintrgration program will take a while before it if fully implemented since Vision Africa would like to empower parents of these children and the community they live in so that the children’s rights are well protected.

Thank you and may you have a blessed year ahead!

Natasha and classmates
Natasha and classmates
Fidelis with Bedan at the background
Fidelis with Bedan at the background
Its Time for Lunch at the Baby Unit
Its Time for Lunch at the Baby Unit
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Nov 17, 2016
Hope for Raymond and other Children to Reunite with their Families.

By Sherry Waweru | Impact Assesment Officer

Aug 11, 2016
The Future of Blessing and other Children At The St.Andrews Baby Unit!

By Sherry Waweru | Impact Assesment Officer

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Raising Futures Kenya

Location: Brighton, East Sussex - United Kingdom
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Project Leader:
Vic Hancock Fell
Nairobi , Kenya

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