This is a stark contrast to the first orphanage we visited. It is well funded and run by more people. And technically not an orphanage. It is called the New Start Center and is just one portion of what Ripples International does. They serve over 8,000 families and children in several surrounding communities in many ways. New Start is a place for young children to come who need assistance. Some of the parents are just not able to care for their children right now, so they bring them for care. Some have been rescued from harsh situations. Some of the parents are too young to care for them. And there are other stories as well. It is younger children up to age 5 or so.
We all visited.
This is their playground, but because it is the rainy season they cannot use it right now.
And such exciting news. This sweet baby girl has a family waiting to adopt her. And it happens to be our driver--Godfrey...=) SOOO excited for her and her new family. They have to wait until early 2014 for all the paperwork to be completed.
another of the sweet babies
It shouldn't be surprising, but John was a total natural at this stuff.
for younger children
mashed beans, bananas, and maiz.
They feed the tiny babie's cow's milk from a cup with sugar and a little water.
"doin' the Waldo..oo oo oo" "Doin the Waldo...oo oo oo"
Lucas's tender heart for this baby...=)
and..this is Pastor Godfrey (and our driver in Meru) and his new sweet daughter that he will bring home in just a few short months. What a blessing that he and his wife can just stop in and spend time with her anytime. She is a COMPLETE doll...and so smiley.
Overall, this is as good as it gets. A very nice facility for the kids. It doesn't replace being in a family and living in a home, but really at many levels the care is excellent. Every child gets a medical exam once a month. That's more than my kids ever got. They still have needs, but they are doing very well. And they LOVED the attention and fun for the few hours we were there serving.
After that we headed a little way up the road to this orphanage and bead work initiative. They make hand made jewelry and sell it to help sustain their project with the kids. The beads are made of camel bone.
IPI also has an orphanage type facility with older kids, not babies. All the kids are in school also.
1 old salad oil bottle with 4 covers for wheels, pulled by a string.
Sir Pastor Godfrey, a gem of a man on so many levels...=)
2 centers for kids in one day can be a bit overwhelming and exhausting, but wow! Such a blessing to be able to bring just a tiny bit of joy to them. They all love visitors even though they often laugh at us...=)