“As you grow older, you will discover you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others” – Audrey Hepburn
Last years August I had my first trip to Kenya. I was very excited and like anyone who’s traveling to Kenya for the first time, I went on a Safari in the National Park. It was amazing, but that’s actually a story for another time…
After I got back from my safari and city tour I was talking to Natfali, one of the employees of our hotel. This very friendly person told me about his life in Kenya, the high poverty in his country, and about the growing amount of orphans. Since I just saw a glimpe of the city I was very touched by his stories and couldn’t let it go.
As I got back in Dubai I told the story to my family and friends back home and they were so generous to send me lots of donations.
A few days later I flew back to Kenya, with a suitcase so heavy I could barely carry it. Together with Bec I’ve visited Nyumbani Home. This is Kenya’s first and largest special home that cares for HIV+ orphans in Nairobi. It’s a foundation that’s trying to create a place of hope and dreams for these HIV+ Orphans by providing those vulnerable children medical care, psychosocial and spiritual support and education.
Nyumbani Home has 119 children. They range in age from 11 months to 24 years, boys and girls. I felt so blessed that I had the opportunity to meet those little hearts that time, and to see them and a few other amazing kids again today.
When I walked in two days ago, this place gave me the same warm feeling as one year ago. The people from the foundation did a great job in creating a colourful, warm and friendly environment for the children. Around the big playground you’ll find little houses where 6 up to 8 children live together with a housemother.
Today I met Miguel. Miguel is two years old and in the outreach program of Nyumbani. His parents don’t have the possibilities to give him the food, care and medicines he needs. He is to small for his age, can’t walk and doesn’t talk yet. Looking in his big brown eyes, I still see happiness, I’m speechless.. Because of Nyumbani Miguel has a change again.
Knowing the facts that these kids have no parents, no families, have to share everything with each other, and above all of that they are HIV positive from birth, makes it really indescribable to meet the children.
They are really eager to learn and work on their future, for me it’s eyeopening and inspiring. I’m overwhelmed by the happiness and love these little hearts have to give and the stories they want to share.
Victor wants to become a professional football player when he grows up and the girl who’s sitting next to him wants to become a hairdresser, she tells me how much she loves my hair. I remembered her from last year, she is so passionated.
I realise how ungrateful we are most of the time for the simple things in life they will never have. For me it’s a lesson learned, hope is so much stronger than fear and like mother Theresa said: ‘we may never know all the good that a simple smile can do’.
A gift of any size supports the lifesaving mission of Nyumbani whether it’s providing food to a family in need, educating a child or building a home for the victims of the HIV/AIDS pandemic. You can help save a life by making a tax deductible donation to Nyumbani today. Check out the website how you can help supporting this project: http://www.nyumbani.org/how-you-can-help