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The children



The children of the children's home (or orphanage as often said) are boys and girls between 4 and 18 years old. They all
have their own story which tells us why they
have been placed in this home.


The stories of the children are very sad when you read what their circumstances were before they came to the children’s home - abuse, sexual harassment, poverty or whose parents have abandoned them.  Mostly the children are taken out of the slums after they have been observed for a period of time.  Before it is decided to place a child in an children’s home, it is discussed with the District Children's Office (DCO ) where the child is registered.  When a child is placed in a children’s home he or she will be given a safe environment in which to live with decent shelter and enough food, medical attention and education.  

The children all go to school when they reach the age of four.  They only have to walk for about five to ten minutes to get to their school.  Because Kenya was a colony of Great Britain, the children have retained the tradition of wearing school uniforms. 


  At that time most of them will attend a boarding school where, in cooperation with Kiota, they are prepared for a life of their own. 


A typical day in the life of a child in
Kiota will look something like this:


05.30am: a housemother will get up to make tea for the children
05.45am: children get up, take a shower and get dressed in their uniform
06.00am: children get their breakfast
06:30am: children tidy their room
07:00am: children go to school
07:30am: the house will be cleaned by the housemother
10:00am: the housemother will start to prepare dinner
12:00am: administration will be done by the housemother
02:00pm: the housemother will do the laundry
04:00pm: children come back from school
04.30pm: children change their clothes, take a shower and play
06:30pm: pray and have dinner
08:00pm: closing of the day
09:00pm: all children go to bed
10.00pm: everybody goes to bed

On Saturdays the older children go to school in the morning while the younger ones play around the house and have fun with the most basic of things like small animals, stones, branches, car tyres and things they have been given by volunteers or other families.  They also help out with the housework to learn something about what they can expect to encounter when they leave the children’s home. 

 



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Simon Mwangi - 12 y/o

Simon has an older brother and an older sister. His brother lives in Kiota as well (Bosco). Their parents are deceased so they were raised by their grandmother. Unfortunately she has recently passed away also, leaving these kids all alone. They have received free education by a church based elementary school but were not given any shelter or food. By walking from town to town, begging and searching for food they managed to survive. Later on, someone who cared for these children, brought them to a nearby homeless center for them to recuperate. This very tough way of life has had a very negative influence on them.

Simon likes to tell stories. He's doing well in school and is does his homework easily. Although sometimes you have to tell him that he is doing it too fast and is doing it too careless. 

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David Mbugua - 10 y/o

David was born in 2007 and is living with his grandmother. His mother passed away in 2009 and his father is an alcoholic and usually never home. They are living in very poor circumstances at the base of the Kilimambogo mountain in Thika, where they have a lot of sand fleas. David's and his brother Kennedy's feet were severely damaged by this and we had to take them to hospital to have the fleas removed and give them medicine to fully recover. Later on it turned out David had been in kindergarten nearby where his grandmother lives.

David is cheerful and sometimes dreaming a bit, but he's very kind to other children. 



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Irene Twili - 12 y/o

Irene is Josephine's twin sister, who also lives at Kiota Children's Home. She has another 6 younger brothers and a sister. They are living with their mother, because their father has died due to AIDS. Their mother is HIV positive and for that she receives medication from a nearby clinic. Their mother is working daily odd jobs like tiling and washing clothes. With the little money she makes she is trying to support her family.

Irene is a shy girl, but she knows what she wants. She's doing well in school and would like to become a doctor!
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James Litunya - 8 y/o

James is Ndunda's (Peter) younger brother (born out of incest) and came to Kiota in 2012. The mother of the brothers is addicted to alcohol and is mentally not very well. We found them walking near markets and shops for several hours a day to find food. This is why they are used to fight for themselves in order to survive. 

James has grown in a positive way the last years. He used to be very shy and a bit afraid, but now he's laughing a lot and is quite enthousiastic. He loves to go to school and gets great results. After school he loves to play with cars and dreams  to have his own car later!

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Josephine Mbatha - 12 y/o

Josephine comes from Thika District, Munyu Division, Ginyaga Location Maguguni village. She lived with her single mother and 5 siblings. Her father abandoned them when they were young and her mother who is infected with HIV was left to fend for them. The mother is un-employed and depends on any casual labor to provide for her family,

Josephine is the twin-sister of Irene who stays in Kiota as well. She is physically taller than her sister. She loves to jump the rope and likes to play with the hoola-hoop. She is a bit slow in understanding things which she learns at school. She takes things a bit for granted and she is taught to take more responsibility. 
At school she tries to catch up with the others and with some guidance she gets there. 


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Kennedy Ndambuki - 10 y/o

Kennedy comes from Machakos district, Mutungulu division, Kiboko location and Kamunyu village. His mother died some few years ago and his father is a drunk and is rarely at home. His elderly grandmother used to take care of them together with his siblings. He had very bad jiggers’ infestation on both his hands and feet. They were so bad that most of his fingers and toes had big wounds. He also had difficulties walking with shoes.

Kennedy is the brother of Mbugua (David) who lives in Kiota as well. Kennedy is a charming, noisy, entertaining boy who loves to be the clown and make people laugh.
In the evening he helps the little boys to go to bed.
At school he's doing well and like to become a doctor.

 
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Loise Alim - 16 y/o

Loise's roots are in Juja and she has 8 siblings. She lived with her mother and stepfather. Her mother works very hard, walking for hours to find useful things to sell at the market. Her stepfather is doing odd jobs every day to earn money to take care of the children. Loise used to take the ‘mother role ‘care of her younger siblings while her mother was away. 

Loise is very hardworking is confident and is very eager to learn. She is the first girl of Kiota who has been promoted to go to secondary school in Februari 2016.
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Milkah - 9 y/o

Milkah's roots are in Juja and she has 8 siblings. She lived with her mother and stepfather. Her mother works very hard, walking for hours to find useful things to sell at the market. Her stepfather is doing odd jobs every day to earn money to take care of the children. 

Milkah is too small for her age because of malnutrition. Milkah can complain when things are not going the way she wants it. She
 is very lively and likes to talk. Her big sister Loise stays in Kiota as well. 


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Peter Ndunda - 8 y/o

Ndunda (Peter) was born in 2007 and has never been to school. His mother has a a psychiatric disorder. Furthermore they were living in very poor circumstances which were quite traumatic. He was confronted with misabuse of his mother by his father. Before Peter came to Kiota, he was hanging around in the streets and in the corn fields. His older brother has run away from home and is now living somewhere in the streets of Thika.

He likes to play with others, but plays also often alone. Ndunda can be shy when he gets attention, but you can see him socially progressing. 

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Bosco Waweru - 14 y/o

Bosco lives with his younger brother Simon in Kiota. Their parents are deceased so they were raised by their grandmother. Unfortunately she has recently passed away also, leaving these kids all alone. They have received free education by a church based elementary school but were not given any shelter or food. By walking from town to town, begging and searching for food they managed to survive. Later on, someone who cared for these children, brought them to a nearby homeless center for them to recuperate. This very tough way of life has had a very negative influence on them.

Bosco seems an intelligent boy that appears to be the best one in class. He would like to be an aerongineer.
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John Mariba - 12 y/o

John has 3 brothers (Jimmy, Mathu, Charles) who are all living in Kiota. They were neglected by their parents and  they used to look for food in trashcans or wherever they could find something. They were always wearing the same clothes, no shoes, no bathing or shower. They were rescued and brought to Kiota by the District Childrens Officer.

John is a nice and sweet boy. He feels responsible and is very helpful for the other kids. He loves to make fun, but he is also quiet sometimes. 
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Jimmy Mbugua - 10 y/o

Jimmy has 3 brothers (John, Mathu, Charles) who are all living in Kiota. They were neglected by their parents and  they used to look for food in trashcans or wherever they could find something. They were always wearing the same clothes, no shoes, no bathing or shower. They were rescued and brought to Kiota by the District Childrens Officer. 

He is a lively, somewhat shy boy who likes to play. He laughs a lot. It’s hard for Jimmy to stand
up for himself when someone is making fun of him or when he is losing a game. He loves school and also does well in his education
 
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Eliud Mathu - 8 y/o

Mathu (Eliud) has 3 brothers (Jimmy, John, Charles) who are all living in Kiota. They were neglected by their parents and  they used to look for food in trashcans or wherever they could find something. They were always wearing the same clothes, no shoes, no bathing or shower. They were rescued and brought to Kiota by the District Childrens Officer. 

He's very lively and curious. He also loves to get attention and complains when things are not going the way he wants it.    

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Charles Muthoni - 5 y/o

Charles is the youngest brother of John, Jimmy and Eliud who are all living in Kiota. They were neglected by their parents and  they used to look for food in trashcans or wherever they could find something. They were always wearing the same clothes, no shoes, no bathing or shower. They were rescued and brought to Kiota by the District Childrens Officer. 

Most of the time he gets a lot of attention and otherwise he knows how to receive attention. He loves to play with the other children and enjoys himself.
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Edward Mwangi - 12 y/o

Edward has been deserted by his parents together with his 2 older sisters. He stayed for a while in another children's home were the cicumstances weren't benefitting his life and future. His older sister of 18-19 years old (born 1994 or 1995) has gotten on the wrong path again unfortunately.
He is now together with his other sister (Carol) in Kiota where we would like to offer him the best we can.

Edward is a very cheerful boy with an everlasting smile on his face. This can change all of a sudden if he doesn't feel heard. Then he would like to be alone and can be very sad. Fortunately it will all be allright after a while or when you just talk a bit to him he will feel fine.

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Carol Waruchu - 13 y/o

Carol has been deserted by his parents together with her older sister and younger brother. She stayed for a while in another children's home were the cicumstances weren't benefitting his life and future. His older sister of 18-19 years old (born 1994 or 1995) has gotten on the wrong path again unfortunately.
She is now together with her younger brother (Edward) in Kiota where we would like to offer him the best we can.

Carol is a timid girl who is physically behind her age for about 2 years. She stayed quite small. Mentally she's not that fast and that is why she's one class lower than she should be. She's really happy with this because she enjoys to join the other kids who are all on the same level.

Further on she's very lively and she likes to help in the house.
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Samuel Waweru - 12 y/o

Samuel is from Maragua Division, Nginda location. Both his parents are deceased. The father died some years back and the mom died last this year while giving birth to their last born child who is one month old now. He has 5 siblings the eldest being 16 years old who took the role of the parents. They used to hustle for food and other basic provisions.

Samuel is a friendly, nice boy. He likes to play football and he doesn’t ask for attention. He asks for help if he needs it, for example by doing homework. He enjoys drawing and doing art. 
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Sharon Wayua - 14 y/o

Sharon is 10 years old and comes from Mathare slums in Nairobi. She has 2 siblings (a 3 year old sister and brother who is 6 months old).Her single mother is addicted to cheap illegal alcohol sold in the slums and she is drunk most of the times. The mother used to send Sharon to the streets of Nairobi to beg for money. Sharon used to come from school, do some house chores and then go to Nairobi city center with other children from Mathare slums. They used to go around 4.00 o’clock in the evening and walk from one street to another to beg for money. She was constantly arrested by the city council policemen and would spend the night at the city jails. She was also being bullied by older street children and usually they would take all her money

She used to leave the city very late at night and then go back to Mathare slums and was in constant dangers of being raped or even injured by the criminals in the slums
she used to go to a nearby government school but she used to miss some days of school and go to the streets to beg

 Her mother would also beat her if she did not get any money in the streets. This means Sharon used to visit even the dangerous parts of the streets just to look for money .She started getting used to the life in the streets and could also spend some night in the cold and dangerous streets of Nairobi.

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Sharon Loko - 18 y/o

Sharon loko is from Thika district, Gatanga location mugumoini village. She was staying with her single mum who died in 2004. Sharon then went to stay with her aged grandmother who was suffering from HIV related illnesses. She was sick most of the times and this means Sharon was left to fend for herself.

Her uncle who is young and did not have a wife was also leaving within the same compound. This was also a concern to the grandmother as  Sharon was very vulnerable to abuse by the uncle.

Sharon is despite her advanced age some classes behind. She was attending a rural school and the quality of education was not very good. She is catching up well in school and is showing good improvement.

Sharon is a nice, friendly girl. She is a teenager and has the normal mood swings. She is very serious and precisely with her homework, but it takes time. On the other hand we see that she is very much into handicrafts and we believe she will be a professional in that. 
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Teresia Ndila - 15 y/o

Teresia is from Machakos District, Mutungulu Division kyeleni village. She is a total orphan her mother having died in 2012 from HIV & AIDS complications. She used to live with her 15 year old step-sister who had a small child. Faith has 6 siblings (3 girls and 3 boys) who are all living in different places

She was rescued by DISC Initiative which is a community based organization in the area through their outreach program and forwarded to Kiota. 

Teresia is very lively and involved and wants to participate in every activity. Sometimes it’s hard for her to share and be kind to the other children. She loves to do her homework and is very happy with any achievements in school. She gladly helps in house chores and would like to be a teacher when she grows up in order to help children who have been going through the same circumstances as she had. 

 

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