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!