ucheshi wa mtoto ni anga la nyumba

In a world whe­re bad news are good news, it’s about time for some real­ly good news that show us some­thing else instead.

My sweet and beloved nie­ce is cele­bra­ting her 2nd bir­th­day today, and while she was busy unpacking all her many pres­ents, I could­n’t help but thin­king of tho­se many kids that have to share their toys with others. As soon as my nie­ce grows up, I will teach her the joy of sharing.

One of tho­se pla­ces domi­na­ted by kids and lots of love is The Nest Home in Limu­ru, Kenya. The Nest Home is “a Pro­ject for the Res­cue, Reha­bi­li­ta­ti­on and Inte­gra­ti­on of Child­ren in Con­flict with the Law & Child­ren of Impr­i­son­ed Mothers” and was foun­ded some years ago with the help of many dif­fe­rent peop­le who all con­tri­bu­t­ed to this worthy cause.
The child­ren’s orpha­na­ge is loca­ted about 20 km out­side of Nai­ro­bi and pro­vi­des a loving home for tho­se less for­tu­n­a­te, who’s par­ents are eit­her in pri­son or dead.

screen­shot of The Nest Home’s website

The fact that their web­site cur­r­ent­ly runs on my webs­pace actual­ly pre­ven­ted me from blog­ging on them for a long time, as I did­n’t want to be bia­sed on this. The­re are in fact many won­der­ful expe­ri­en­ces I could put here, lots of joy I encoun­te­red while visi­t­ing the Nest last year. This is such a won­der­ful place!

As MB, who dili­gent­ly main­tains the web­site, alrea­dy men­ti­ons on one of the pages: the­re are many ways YOU can actual­ly help the­se kids!

On a very per­so­nal note, and why I deci­ded to blog about this anyways:

  • fel­low blog­ger AfroM recent­ly infor­med me that she, Hash, Men­tal and others are having plans to visit The Nest soon — great! :-)
  • we’­ve built this web­site (run­ning on WP) not only to inform others on the pro­ject, but also to show the trans­pa­ren­cy of the pro­ject and that the per­sons in char­ge don’t “bene­fit” in any (finan­cial) way as some scep­ti­cal pun­dits might assu­me for wha­te­ver rea­son or so…
  • i real­ly appre­cia­te the “owners­hip” from the Ken­y­an side, and how locals in Limu­ru have star­ted to ack­now­ledge the home being insi­de their community.
  • i recent­ly read this note on the Cut­ting Edge @ the DN on fathers who want to do some DNA / pater­ni­ty test to see who’s the real father of their child­ren. now tha­t’s so stu­pid! tha­t’s exact­ly why some of the­se child­ren have never seen their fathers. Being a father, I belie­ve, isn’t about having a cohe­rent DNA with your kid, but about giving it the love it needs. I actual­ly chan­ged my mind on adop­ti­on after visi­t­ing The Nest Home.
  • main­tai­ning a web­site in at least two dif­fe­rent lan­guages isn’t easy, as some con­tri­bu­ti­ons come from coun­tries like Ger­ma­ny whe­re not ever­yo­ne (espe­cial­ly the older genera­ti­on) speaks Eng­lish. The chal­len­ge is to inclu­de all audi­en­ces and showing them how their con­tri­bu­ti­ons are being used for the bene­fit of the children.
    I know many cri­tics will mix up Cha­ri­ta­ble Trusts with over­fun­ded NGOs, but I can assu­re you that The Nest Home has a remar­kab­ly low expen­dit­u­re on over­head costs.

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