Monday, August 1, 2011
Today we visited the village of Kabatini to deliver food and other items to the orphans represented by Pastor John Njuguna of Goshen High School. Here we delivered food, candy, toothbrushes, toothpaste to the 10 kids we are sponsoring. These kids live in the IDP (Internationally Displaced People) Refugee camp down the road. This camp is one acre in size and has been home to approximately 368 people for the past 3 years! These IDP’s have come from Sudan, Somalia as well as throughout Kenya when the last election riots drove them out of their homes 3 years ago.
Of these 10 kids, 8 are total orphans meaning they don’t have either parents. These kids have lost their families due to AIDS, riots and tribal clashes. They have water coming to their camp but desperately need a storage tank which costs approximately $400 USD.
We then met our representative from the Bahati area to discuss their needs and deliver goods to the kids. Just in the past year, 3 parents to the children we are sponsoring, have died of AIDS. This makes 8 total orphans we are sponsoring in this area.
One child had said his mother and father both died, then their neighbor saw him in town and took him in. Then when the neighbor died, an old blind lady had taken him in, but she was no longer able to keep him. He had no where to go.
We delivered food, shoes, clothing, candy, chocolate, medicine, toys, crayons and other items to these kids.