Children

Hello, we are the children of the Nice View Children's Village and would like to thank you with all our hearts for your interest and your support.

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In case you would like to get to know more about us, how and why we have come to Nice View, how we are today and what we are doing, please click on the respective name or photo.
Hope May 2016

On May 6th 2016, our team in Kenya received yet another call from the local youth welfare office. They said that a baby in Diani, around 2 weeks old, urgently needed help.

Natalie August 2015: in her bed in Nice View

After a young English physician (Dr. Natalie) was fighting for her life in the hospital for 10 days and nights, Gudrun could pick up Rahma Natalie (we call her Natalie) on 14. August 2015.

She was found on 29. July in Ukunda, was at that time approximately 5 days old and was lying in the bush for around 2 to 3 days before she was found. The days before it was raining and it was quite cold. A miracle that she survived and we call her for that reason also our ‚little fighter‘.

Baby Daniel finds refuge in Nice View Daniel Baraka

On Sunday morning, 2nd of June 2013, we received a phone call from the local police. A baby was abandoned near Ramisi River.

Gudrun and Denise went to meet the police immediately in the hospital in Msambweni.

A woman went notice of a crying baby by the wayside and alerted the authorities. In the hospital first examinations were made. The navel was inflamed and had to be treated. Thereafter Gudrun and Denise took the little one to Nice View where all children welcomed 'their' new brother.

Amaton Somali Bahati

Amaton is the oldest son of Mwanahalima. As a single mother it is not easy for her to take care of her in the meantime 3 sons.

Jamila Oktober 2014

On 09 October an approximately 2 1/2 years old girl was brought by the Youth Welfare Office and will stay at least for the time being with us. Due to burns she has bad scars, which were probably never treated right.  Because of a bulge on the chin, she cannot even close the mouth properly.

When she was approximately 5 months old, a kerosene lamp fell over and her mattress caught fire.  At that moment she was alone, her mother was not at home, and rescued by neighbours.

Mwanamisi Halfani Vunga

Mwanamisi, Yusuf and Omari are the three last born in a family of eleven children. Their father is a peasant fisherman while the mother is just a housewife. Sometimes with little or no catch, it becomes difficult to provide the family with the basic needs. With such a big family, it’s only through good education that the children will change their lives to better in future.

Abida Ali

Abida is the last born in a family of three. Her brothers and sisters live in Mwaembe with their mother. She works as a household help and this has made it difficult to fund the education of her daughter due to financial constraints. Abida was enrolled to our school in baby class in 2014.

Oliver

On 1st of July we received in the evening the message that a bus with children arrived in Nice View. A children’s home had to close and wanted Nice View to admit the children.

Luckily it was just a mini bus and only 11 children had to be accommodated. The children were spread over 3 children’s homes and Nice View has to take care of 3 additional children now. Three boys, aged 3 to 4 years, which arrived neglected, underfed and hungry.

Timo finds refuge in Nice-View Timo April 2012

On 19 March 2012 the Youth Welfare Office got in touch by phone. An approximately 10 months old child was in need of help. Subsequently we asked the Youth Welfare Office to come by with the child to discuss further actions, and the head of the Youth Welfare office visited us together with a woman and the little boy. Timo was healthwise not in a good condition and to weak for his age.

Mwanamisi Omari Somali

Mwanamisi is the niece of Mwanahalima and Fatuma.

Gabriel

On 1st of July we received in the evening the message that a bus with children arrived in Nice View. A children’s home had to close and wanted Nice View to admit the children.

Luckily it was just a mini bus and only 11 children had to be accommodated. The children were spread over 3 children’s homes and Nice View has to take care of 3 additional children now. Three boys, aged 3 to 4 years, which arrived neglected, underfed and hungry.

Mwalola Ali Vunga

Mwalola and Idd are 2nd last and last born children respectively. Both their parents are alive. Their Father is a Boda boda (motorbike driver) while the mother is a housewife. With his little income, their father can’t sustain the family’s basic needs and provide children with education. They he looked for an educational sponsor for the two children in Nice View Gratitude Academy.

 

Jay

On 1st of July we received in the evening the message that a bus with children arrived in Nice View. A children’s home had to close and wanted Nice View to admit the children.

Luckily it was just a mini bus and only 11 children had to be accommodated. The children were spread over 3 children’s homes and Nice View has to take care of 3 additional children now. Three boys, aged 3 to 4 years, which arrived neglected, underfed and hungry.

Faith Her 1st day in Nice View

On 02 June 2010, a woman took notice of a young mother and her approximately 2 months old baby on our beach.  The mother was sitting on the baby, and it looked like she was planning to asphyxiate it. The woman took the baby from the mother and brought both to the Youth Welfare Office.

Lisa - a newborn comes to Nice View Lisa after 2 days in Nice View

On 09 January, I, Gudrun Dürr, am called to the phone by our accountant Jimmy. It is urgent he says. On the line our social worker Cosmas. The Youth Welfare Office got in touch. A baby, approximately 5 days old, needs to be picked up at the police station in Diani. Immediately I pack some baby clothes, and we drive to Diani.

Once we arrive, no sign of a baby. The ones that have found it have gone for lunch, the policemen say. And indeed, after a short period of waiting, they show up. When we see the baby, a little girl, we realize this is really a newborn.

Moses II June 2011: the 1st meal in Nice View

On 29 June 2011, we received via email the information that in the slum ‚Bangladesh’, district Mikindani, 6 sibblings are in need. Immediately we drove to Mombasa to inform us on the spot. Firstly we spoke with the mayor, the 2nd District Officer (D.O.) as well as with the Volunteer Children Officer (V.C.O.). Thereafter we drove to the children’s place of residence. They were left behind at their aunt’s and uncle’s place approximately 4 months ago, and what we saw was quite shocking.

Waridi Hamadi Dzengo

Waridi is the last born in a family of five children. Since the death of her father in 2010, her mother has been fending for them although without any formal job. Waridi’s elder sister is in Secondary school and due financial constraint, she was forced to repeat Form one. Waridi’s brother (Dunga) is also under education sponsorship in Nice View Gratitude Academy. With five children, Waridi’s mother can’t fully provide the necessary basic needs.

Tim (a further baby for Nice-View .....) Tim after taking his first bath in the Nice-View-Children's-Village

Our Nice View family is growing… On 13 June 2009, we received once again a phone call from the Youth Welfare Office. A newborn cannot stay with his mother and needs to be picked up.
A social worker had been informed that a mother could not take care of her newborn. She lives on the street and it is feared for the safety of the baby. The social worker went to look for the mother and had to witness that the mother administers painkillers to her baby. It had become clear to her that the baby needs immedate help and she informed the Youth Welfare Office.
 

Michelle (a new baby for Nice View) Michelle in January 2009

Mr Gitau from the Youth Welfare Office was very hesitant to call us, since he knew at the time that we had no space. However, since he knows we take care of babies very well, he had decided to give it a try.

We received once again a phone call on 21 January 2009. A baby, a small girl, was born in the hospital on 11 January 2009. The mother, who provided a wrong name, left the hospital shortly after the birth. After waiting for the return of the mother for one week, the hospital informed the Youth Welfare Office.

Naomi, an underfed child finds refuge in Nice-View.... Naomi 21.11.2009 in Nice-View...

On 21 November 2009, we were called to come to the hospital in Msambweni. What we found at the hospital was a malnourished 14-month old girl named Naomi. A mother, entirely desperate or confused, sat at the sick bed with her three little children: Neema around 3 years old, Naomi and a three month old baby. 

Zulekha Daniel Kafahamu

Zulekha and Swabrina are the 8th and 9th born respectively in a family of nine children. Since the death of their father, their mother was single-handedly fending for them. It is the hope of everybody that their lives will never remain the same upon getting good education.

Kea Kea 01.07.2009

Kea (1 year) and the twins Mwanamgeni and Maimuna (4 years) joined our Nice View family on 29Jun2009.

Amina Nassoro

Amina is the last born in a family of seven. The sisters and brothers live in Kisimachande with their mother. Her father died in June 2015. Amina’s mother could not fund the education of her child and through this struggles secured a sponsor. Through this Amina was enrolled in our school in this year 2015 in Reception class.

Rama Bakari

Rama is the fifth born in a family of seven children. His father died in 2010 when he was barely two years old. As a single mother and a widow, life hasn’t been easy to her. Fending her children made her get married another man a year later after the death of her husband. She gave birth to another child and later separated complicating her life even more. Currently, Rama’s mother goes to peoples’ homes to do house chore so that she can put food on the table.

Omari Vunga Halfan

Omari, Mwanamisi and Yusuf are the three last born in a family of eleven children. Their father is a peasant fisherman while the mother is just a housewife. Sometimes with little or no catch, it becomes difficult to provide the family with the basic needs. With such a big family, it’s only through good education that the children will change their lives to better in future.

Anifa Suleiman

Anifa and Thuweiba are sisters from a family of nine children. In 2012 January, their houses got torched in un-clear circumstances (click here for the details). Nothing was rescued during that inferno; the whole family property was destroyed. Gudrun visited the family upon receiving the information, and decided to bring these two girls to school.

Idd Ali Vunga

Idd and Mwalola are 2nd last and last born children respectively. Both their parents are alive. Their Father is a Boda boda (motorbike driver) while the mother is a housewife. With his little income, their father can’t sustain the family’s basic needs and provide children with education. They he looked for an educational sponsor for the two children in Nice View Gratitude Academy.

Sheila Sheila's first bath July 2008

Hello, I am Sheila! On July 16th 2008, my new Mama (Mama Gudrun) received once again a phone call from the police. This time from Diani. Immediately, she sent my two new uncles (uncle Cosmas and uncle Saidi) to pick me up. Before that I had spent 3 days all alone in the flat and was crying a lot. Then, finally, my neighbour forced open the door and called the police. I have been held at the police station 3 times already. Each time my mother had abandoned me.

Dunga Hamadi Dzengo

Dunga is the fourth born in a family of five children. Since the death of his father in 2010, his mother has been fending for them although without any formal job. Dunga’s elder sister is in Secondary school and due financial constraint, she was forced to repeat Form one. His younger sister (Waridi) has started schooling in Nice View Gratitude Academy and is also sponsored. With five children, Dunga’s mother can’t fully provide the necessary basic needs.

Mwanamvua Said

Mwanamvua is a third born in a family of three. They all live with their great grandmother since the death of their mother in 2009. The father’s whereabouts can’t be traced because they were born out of wedlock. Mwanamvua’s grandmother who is insane also lives with them in the same small hut. Mwanamvua’s uncles sometimes help in providing food for the family. The family is very vulnerable and needy hence educational support will help improve Mwanamvua’s and Ramla's future life.

Caroline Caroline December 2007

In July 2007, a local acquaintance told me about a mentally unstable woman in an advanced state of pregnancy spending everyday in a shopping centre near the tourist centre Diani Beach. My acquaintance asked me for advice, how this woman could be helped. We decided to observe her and to talk her into giving birth to her baby in a hospital. This wasn't easy but most of the shop owners in the shopping centre were prepared to help the young woman. Little Caroline was born on July 10, 2007 and was well cared for by all the helpers.

Ali 2015

Ali is approximately 8 years old and comes originally from Tanzania. The police assumes that he was sold to Kenya and was abandoned once he was not needed or wanted anymore. He was apprehended in Kwale in August 2014 and handed over to the chair of the village elders. After a while the village elder wanted Ali to go to this family in Tanzania whereas Ali wants to stay in Kenya. According to him his parents are drunkards and not in the position to make it possible for him and his two sisters to go to school.

Yusuf Halfani Vunga

Yusuf, Omari and Mwanamisi are the three last born in a family of eleven children. Their father is a peasant fisherman while the mother is just a housewife. Sometimes with little or no catch, it becomes difficult to provide the family with the basic needs. With such a big family, it’s only through good education that the children will change their lives to better in future.

Thuweiba Suleiman

Thuweiba and Anifa are sisters from a family of nine children. In 2012 January, their houses got torched in un-clear circumstances (click here for the details). Nothing was rescued during that inferno; the whole family property was destroyed. Gudrun visited the family upon receiving the information, and decided to bring these two girls to school.

Teresia Teresia taking her first bath in Nice-View / December 2008

On Friday, 05 December 2008, I (Gudrun Dürr) accompanied the sick Mwanasha to our general practitioner Dr. Mashanga. In the clinic I received a phone call from the Youth Welfare Office with the request if we could accommodate additional children. They approached us, since recently two difficult cases were assigned to another home in Ukunda.

Antony Antony December 2008

On Friday, 05 December 2008, I (Gudrun Dürr) accompanied the sick Mwanasha to our general practitioner Dr. Mashanga. In the clinic I received a phone call from the Youth Welfare Office with the request if we could accommodate additional children. They approached us, since recently two difficult cases were assigned to another home in Ukunda.

Neema (II) finds refuge in Nice-View..... Neema (II) 21.11.2009

On 21 November 2009, we were called to come to the hospital in Msambweni. What we found at the hospital was a malnourished 14-month old girl named Naomi.

Mustafa Awadhi

Mustafa is the first born in this family of two. Both Mustafa and his brother live with their grandparents although both parents are alive. Since the time of his admission to school, Mustafa’s father has been in Middle East and rarely does he come back. He therefore was staying with his mother who is jobless at his grandparents. Besides Mustafa and his brother, his grandparents have also other grandchildren they live with.

Ramla Said

Ramla is a second born in a family of three. They all live with their great grandmother since the death of their mother in 2009. The father’s whereabouts can’t be traced because they were born out of wedlock. ,Ramla’s grandmother who is insane also lives with them in the same small hut. Ramla’s uncles sometimes help in providing food for the family. The family is very vulnerable and needy hence educational support will help improve Ramla’s and Mwanamvua's future life.

Salim Nassoro

Salim and Mwanasaada come from the same family. Their father was a former employee of Nice View Children’s Village. He died in the year 2011 while still at work. The Nice View Children’s Village/ Edmund decided to help educate his two children.

Daniel Daniel April 2006

Our little Daniel, only two 2 weeks old, came down with Malaria and was fighting for his life for almost 3 days and nights. We had been taking care of him around the clock and had given him food in short sips. Since he was very weak already - probably a product of being born too early - his little body could hardly cope with the drugs. He lost weight, since he was refusing food.  But from the 4th day on he was accepting food again and his condition improved. Now he is completely healthy and requests his vial every two hours.

Stacey Stacey January 2007 in Nice-View

On 29 January 2007, we admitted Stacey: Three days after Steven came to us, there was another appeal for help of the Youth Welfare Office. A young and single mother brought her little daughter Stacey (11 months old) to a neighbour stating  that she could not take care of the little one anymore. The surprised neighbor was perplexed and informed the police. On the same evening, Stacey's mother was picked up by the police in a disco and was arrested.

Halima Shee

Halima is the last born in a family of ten. Both her parents are alive although poor. However, Halima’s parents work so hard to educate their children of which the first born son has completed teacher training course. At the time we visited Halima at their home, she wasn’t attending school due to lack of school fees. Her parents’ hard work and passion in education motivated me to recommend Halima for education sponsorship. We hope that through quality education, she’ll fulfil her aspirations.

Steven Steven March 2007

On Friday, 26.01.07, Gudrun was informed by the Youth Welfare Office in Kwale that a little baby has been found next to a waterhole in the bush near the Tanzanian border, and that has been brought to the hospital in Msambweni. Immediately after she had received the message, Gudrun went to the hospital to meet the baby boy - approximately one year old - with big and sad eyes, and she got the idea that he is suffering from pain. The woman who has found him was with him.

Sherine Sherine in April 2006

Begin of April 2006, Samuel, his little sister Sherine and his mother were found in the bush, almost starved, and brought to the hospital. After taking care of the children in the hospital for two weeks, Samuel and Sherine came to us.

Asha Nassoro

She comes from a family of 9 (nine) children. She is the 2nd last born. Both her parents are very old and jobless. Among 9 children, only two got primary education-up to standard eight (8) learning in public schools. Asha’s father is currently 65 years old and can’t manage to provide for the family’s up keep including Asha’s education.

Maimuna (Mona) Maimuna 01.07.2009

Maimuna (4 years), her twin sister Mwanamgeni and her little brother Kea (1 year) joined our Nice View family on 29Jun2009.

Mwanamgeni (Mia) Mwanamgeni 29.06.2009

Mwanamgeni (4 years), her twin sister Maimuna and her little brother Kea (1 year) joined our Nice View family on 29Jun2009.

Joshua Joshua shortly after arrival 2005

On Wednesday, 29 June 2005, we received a call from the Youth Welfare Office with the information that a baby was abandoned in Ukunda. It was brought to the hospital by the police on Sunday, and Gudrun went to look for the baby at the hospital immediately. She was deeply shocked. The baby was lying alone in a (cold) incubator with the same napkins it had been wearing since Sunday. Because the hospital was understaffed, very few nurses were caring for it.

Neema May 2005 Gudrun with Neema

May 2005: Karibu Neema! Karibu means welcome and we dearly welcome little Neema in our Nice View family. Neema was found abandoned approximately 5 days old. The baby was initially brought to the hospital for examination and care.

Emmer Muluti

She is the elder girl in a family of three. She started schooling at Nice View Gratitude Academy from Kindergarten (Baby class). Her parents were responsible for fees payment since they had a small retail shop. However, in December 2012, Emmer and her sister Hella were involved in a road accident which left Hella serious injured. Hella’s medication cost the family their resources hence they weren’t able to pay Emmer’s school fees. Emmer has the interest to learn, she does very well in academics and couldn’t absent even a single day from school.

Baraka June 2011: the 1st meal in Nice View

On 29 June 2011, we received via email the information that in the slum ‚Bangladesh’, district Mikindani, 6 sibblings are in need. Immediately we drove to Mombasa to inform us on the spot. Firstly we spoke with the mayor, the 2nd District Officer (D.O.) as well as with the Volunteer Children Officer (V.C.O.). Thereafter we drove to the children’s place of residence. They were left behind at their aunt’s and uncle’s place approximately 4 months ago, and what we saw was quite shocking.

Idd Mohammed

Idd has a six year old half-brother and lives with another 5 children with his grandmother and her daughters. Thanks to a sponsorship he can now attend the Nice View School.

Agape June 2011: Agape is cooking in the slum

On 29 June 2011, we received via email the information that in the slum ‚Bangladesh’, district Mikindani, 6 sibblings are in need. Immediately we drove to Mombasa to inform us on the spot. Firstly we spoke with the mayor, the 2nd District Officer (D.O.) as well as with the Volunteer Children Officer (V.C.O.). Thereafter we drove to the children’s place of residence. They were left behind at their aunt’s and uncle’s place approximately 4 months ago, and what we saw was quite shocking.

Jolene Jolene taking her first bath in Nice-View

A little girl, reduced to a skeleton and approximately 3 weeks old, was found in a bush, nearby Diani-Beach (South Coast). In fact her chances to survive were little, since she weighed two kilograms only and had problems in breathing. But she was lucky, a Youth Welfare Officer brought her to us in Nice View and we immediately took her to the hospital for examination. She received drugs and nutritious food. Now, after 1 week of intensive care, we can see her improving significantly. We are confidence and hope she will survive. Since she came nameless to us, we call her now Jolene.

Moses Moses with social worker 30.09.2009

Moses was freed out of his ´prison´ in a dramatic rescue operation.  He was alone in a dark and completely empty room in Mombasa. This tragic event was even broadcasted on the Kenyan news. The mother had frequently locked the approximately 5 year old boy in that room for hours, as neighbours told. Then came the day when the mother did not return. The little one was all alone lying on the rough ground without any food.

Nicolas-Antony Nico in September 2008

In the afternoon of September 27, 2008 we received an urgent call from the hospital in Msambweni. I (Gudrun Dürr) was asked to have a look at a four-year-old boy in the children's medical unit as soon as possible. Such a request is always linked to the question whether the respective child would find a place to live at Nice View. At once, Paulah, a staff member in the kindergarten, and I went to the hospital and after completing several formalities we were led to Nicolas' bed.

Mary Kamau Mary in September 2008

In April 2008, the village elder of Ukunda found Mary alone on the road in Diani Beach/Ukunda. He took the child to the police in Ukunda. The officers suggested that, for the time being, he take care of little Mary and take responsibility. The village elder agreed and took Mary in. In August, a woman from Mombasa suddenly appeared at the village elder´s home and claimed to be Mary's mother. She didn't have any documents to prove this claim. Since the village elder was afraid that the little girl would be kidnapped, he contacted the police.

Swabrina Daniel Kafahamu

Swabrina and Zulekha are the 8th and 9th born respectively in a family of nine children. Since the death of their father, their mother was single-handedly fending for them. It is the hope of everybody that their lives will never remain the same upon getting good education.

Rahma Abdul

She is the firstborn in a family of three. All the three children learn in Nice View Gratitude Academy. Although both parents are alive, they live separately and Rahma’s mother is the sole breadwinner in the family. She too pays college fees for her two sisters. Considering this and her continued desire to educate children in our school, she was relieved of Rahma’s fee as she continues paying for the other two children.

Semeni Mutai Hassan

Semeni is the first born in a family of two children who were both born out of wedlock. Their father’s whereabouts can’t be traced. Semeni’s mother died in the year 2008 due to unknown complications leaving the children in their grandparent’s care. Together with other five grandchildren- Semeni’s cousins; their grandparents find it difficult to fend for them. When we visited the family, we found almost all children infested with jiggers a situation that compromised with their health.

Issa Vweso

He is the first born in a family of two from a single mother. Issa was born out of wedlock and his father doesn’t provide any assistance to the children. He lives with his grandparents (father’s parents).

Tima Mwatsanuo

Tima is a last born in a family of nine (9) children. Her father died when she was still very young. Her elder sibling is currently in Secondary school 4th form. Being a widow, it is difficult to fend for the family. However, the mother washes for people clothes so that she provides for the family’s basic needs as well as paying the secondary school fees.

Samuel 17.04.2006: Samuel with his sister in the hospital in Msambweni

Begin of April 2006, Samuel, his little sister Sherine and his mother were found in the bush, almost starved, and brought to the hospital. After taking care of the children in the hospital for two weeks, Samuel and Sherine came to us. After on week, Sherine's suffering was over, and since also his mother passed away End of May, Samuel is now the only survivor of this little family. According to the physicians and his dental status, Samuel is 3, and perhaps even 5 years old.

Fredrick Musyoki The 4 brothers in September 2006 (Fredrick, Ndolo, Francis & Martin)

As told by Francis: Four brothers had to accept constant changes of location, due to the fathers work. Francis, the oldest, had suffered most, since he had to always change school. In June 2006, he left school in the 5th class. Martin, who is now 7 years old, never went to school.

Shani December 2004 granny with Shani

Shani came to us on Thursday, 5th of August 2004, and has somewhat settled down in the meantime. He becomes 6 months on 18 August 2004 and needs a lot of attention and love. He is a friendly baby and smiles when you carry him. He definitely did not experience a lot of love and warmth, since his family has a lot of problems. His mother is approximately 16 years old and was raped. The rapist was put in prison, but this did not really help the family. The misery was too big. The father of his mother has eight children and her mother had run away.

Deborah June 2011: Deborah in front of her sleeping-place in the slum

On 29 June 2011, we received via email the information that in the slum ‚Bangladesh’, district Mikindani, 6 sibblings are in need. Immediately we drove to Mombasa to inform us on the spot. Firstly we spoke with the mayor, the 2nd District Officer (D.O.) as well as with the Volunteer Children Officer (V.C.O.). Thereafter we drove to the children’s place of residence. They were left behind at their aunt’s and uncle’s place approximately 4 months ago, and what we saw was quite shocking.

Faima, the younger sister of Mickey and Juma is now with us as well Faima May 2011

After we have found out that the mother of Mickey and Juma is still alive, we arranged a meeting with her concerning the birth certificates of her sons. Since the meeting took place at the home of their grandmother, Mickey and Juma as well as Mwanajuma and Ibrahim (their mothers were sisters) joined us.

Beatrice (Betty) Chombo

Our Betty (click here to read the full story ) attends our school thanks to a sponsorship since 2015.

Betty Betty in March 2004

End of March 2004, ‘Beth’ (Betty), approximately 6 month old, came to us. Her sixteen year old mother was against her will to get married with an elderly man. Since in Kenya marriages below eighteen years of age are illegal, the Youth Welfare Office intervened.

Sarah Sarah March 2007

A young mother abandoned her approximately 3 months old baby in the bush, condemned to death. But the little one was lucky. A women passing by discovered her and brought her to the Youth Welfare Office. The Youth Welfare Office asked us to accommodate her and we agreed. Some days later, on 28 October 2003, the court signed the guardianship over to us. Since the name of the little one was unknown, we called her “Sarah”. All of our children and employees admitted her warmly in the “Nice View” family. Another last minute rescue...

Mwanasaada Said

Mwanasaada and Salim come from the same family. Their father was a former employee of Nice View Children’s Village. He died in the year 2011 while still at work. The Nice View Children’s Village/ Edmund decided to help educate his two children.

Noah-Amaton Amaton November 2008

A young woman handed over her baby to a secretary in an office in Kwale, with the request to take care of him for a few minutes, since she wanted to go to the bathroom. She did not come back, after waiting for a long time and looking for the mother, and the secretary brought the small boy, approximately 7 months old to the Youth Welfare Office. From there, he was brought to a nearby children's home that wasn’t able to take care of a baby. So, the baby was somehow kept alive, but became very sick. 

Awathi Hamza

Awathi comes from a family of twelve (12) children, six of which are independent. His father died in 2005 when Awathi was three (3) years old. The mother who’s a widow struggles to fend for the family. However, life in the family is too hard and do hope that Awathi gets good education.

Salama Konde

Salama is the 4th born in a family of seven. Her brothers and sisters stay with the relatives in Kaloleni. Salamas both parents died around 4years back. She was then picked by the uncle who stays in Diani. Due to the difficulties the uncle was going through to finance Salama’s education, he found a sponsor who was ready to fund Salama’s education. Salama was then enrolled to our school in class 3 in 2013.

Juma Juma November 2008

It is difficult to say 'No' when children are in need. Therefore, we decided to accommodate four more children on November 26th, 2008. We wanted to avoid the situation of their getting separated and spread over different children's homes. Since it is now getting quite crowded in the children's house, we pushed on with the furnishing of the girl's house, and hope that the first girls can move in January.

Popo Said

She’s the fourth born in a family of six children. Popo’s father is a casual labourer and a sole bread winner. All the three older children are in Secondary schools, a burden the parent couldn’t afford to carry it alone. Due to the huge school fees payment and his fully commitment in educating children at Nice View Gratitude Academy, it was important to assist him. However, Popo’s father continues to pay for the other child (Kulthum Said) in our school.

Sofia Njeri

She’s the first born in a family of three children. Both her parents are jobless and were struggling to pay the school fees for the two children in Nice View Gratitude Academy since 2011. Besides, the parents ensure that children attend school regularly by paying their fare from Kinondo on daily basis. This however became a burden to the parents hence appealing for assistance.

Ndolo Hezron Fredrich Ndolo Francis and Martin with Gudrun und Gitau, head of the Youth...

As told by Francis: Four brothers had to accept constant changes of location, due to the fathers work. Francis, the oldest, had suffered most, since he had to always change school. In June 2006, he left school in the 5th class. Martin, who is now 7 years old, never went to school. Ndolo is already 5 years old and has never attended kindergarten.

Regina Rimba finds refuge in Nice View Regina Rimba February 2013

In the evening of 05 February 2013, an officer of the Youth Welfare Office paid us an unexpected visit. With him was a 13 years old girl who had to be rescued from a forced marriage. Regina had contacted her headmaster with a request for help, and the headmaster informed the Youth Welfare Office. Since it had to be feared that the father would withhold his daughter even through violence, the only option was to collect her directly from the school.
Without hesitation we have admitted Regina  in Nice View.
 
Regina tells her story:

Leah Leah in 2003

Leah came to us in August 2001. At that time she was just 3 months old. Her mother was 13 years old and still a child herself. Her grandparents are very poor and do not even have accommodation. Leah almost died of hunger. But she was lucky: the youth welfare office was informed. Leah’s mother came to a boarding school for girls and she came to Nice View. Meanwhile Leah is not undernourished anymore and is the sweetie-pie of Nice View.

Dorothy Shally (TRIX) Trix on the day when she came to Nice-View....

On Friday, 13 February 2009, two siblings, who are situated in an extreme emergency according to the Youth Welfare Office, were adopted. The girl, Trix is 9 years old, her brother Boni 11.

To date we do not know the exact story of the siblings, there are a number of contradicting stories, and Gudrun and our social worker Cosmas are currently investigating the case. The traces even lead to Western Kenya.

Alina Alina March 2002

On 12 March 2003, the youth welfare office brought Alina (about 7 months old) to the "Nice View Children's Village". She was abandoned by her mother but luckily found by people passing by who brought her to the youth welfare office. She was immediately examined by a physician, also an AIDS test was performed, which was unfortunately positive. We were deeply touched, she was the first HIV positive child in "Nice View Children's Village'.

Hector Oduor Juma 2014

DREAM: DOCTOR
FATHER: PATRICK JUMA
MOTHER: SOFIA ANYANGO
SIBLINGS: 1
RESIDENTIAL PLACE: BANGLADESH

Hector is the first born in a family of two children. He comes from a polygamous family where his mother is the second wife.

Both the father and the mother are jobless and struggle to fend for the family. His step mother works in the EPZ and she is the bread winner in the whole family.

Hector’s academic performance is good and thus we took him so that we could help him realize his dream.

Lavenda Achieng Lavenda with Mama Gudrun 2008

Lavenda was made an orphan at age 2. After the death of her parents (the father died in 1999 - the mother one year later), the brother of her mother accommodated her. There she was tolerated only and not loved. The aunt and two older cousins hassled and abused her for years. She was brutally beaten by her aunt - a big scar in her face testifies to the brutality at home aggressions (even with a knife). After she came to school more often with a swollen face, bruises and wounds, the teachers realized the abuse and informed the Youth Welfare Office in Mombasa.

Mickey Mickey (November 2008 iin the Nice-View-Children`s-Village)

It is difficult to say 'No' when children are in need.

Daniel Mswahili Mwowasi 2014

DREAM: ECONOMIST
FATHER: COSMAS MWOWASI
MOTHER: LUCY NJERI
SIBLINGS: HARON MWANGI
RESIDENTIAL PLACE: BANGLADESH

Daniel is the first born in a family of two children. His brother Haron Mwangi is in class five in Jerusalem Star Academy in Bangladesh-Mombasa.

Amani June 2011

On 29 June 2011, we received via email the information that in the slum ‚Bangladesh’, district Mikindani, 6 sibblings are in need. Immediately we drove to Mombasa to inform us on the spot. Firstly we spoke with the mayor, the 2nd District Officer (D.O.) as well as with the Volunteer Children Officer (V.C.O.). Thereafter we drove to the children’s place of residence. They were left behind at their aunt’s and uncle’s place approximately 4 months ago, and what we saw was quite shocking.

Fatuma Athuman

Fatuma is the 3rd lastborn in a family of 8 children. The whole family lives in a small hut Makuti thatched. Their parents divorced in 2009 and currently, all these children live with their mother. Out of 8 children two have completed Secondary due to their mother’s effort despite her lack of education and job. The family most a times goes without food- Fatuma in this case depends on the food she gets in school. In general, the family is very poor hence needs great assistance.

Celestine Akoth Okuoch 2014

DREAM: NURSE
FATHER: FREDRICK OLUOCH
MOTHER: IRENE AKINYI
SIBLINGS: 4
RESIDENTIAL PLACE: BANGLADESH

Celestine is a fourth born in a family of five children. The elder sister finished fourth form but does not have any job. She stays at home. The 2nd born is in fourth form in Kisumu—Brian Oduor, 3rd Jenifer Anyango is class Eight in a Public primary school. The last born Bernard Bonke is in class five in the same school with Jenifer.

Anna Kaleche Anna in 2016 with Hope

Anna lived from November 2001 until Januar 2017 in the Nice View Children's Village.

Anna 2001 Anna shortly after she came to us

Anna has been with us since November 2001. Her single mother died in a car accident and she later came to live with her grandmother, who got then very ill. We decided to accommodate her. She had a hard time and was very fearful at first, cried a lot and did not speak a word. But she settled down very fast in Nice View. Meanwhile she talks a lot, sings, dances and plays with the other children. Anna feels now at home in Nice View and pleases us. We got fond of her and she has now a special place in our hearts. She has attended the private kindergarten since February 2002.

David Magiri (BONVENTURE, Boni) Boni on the day when he came to Nice-View....

On Friday, 13 February 2009, two siblings, who are situated in an extreme emergency according to the Youth Welfare Office, were adopted. The girl, Trix is 9 years old, her brother Boni 11.

To date we do not know the exact story of the siblings, there are a number of contradicting stories, and Gudrun and our social worker Cosmas are currently investigating the case. The traces even lead to Western Kenya.

Ishmael Otieno Olanda 2013

DREAM: Lawyer
FATHER: JAMES OLANDA
MOTHER: JUDITH OKETCH

Ishmael is the last born in a family of four children.

Michael Athuman 2014

DREAM: LAWYER
FATHER: ATHUMAN NURR
MOTHER: NELLY TANGAI
SIBLINGS: 1
RESIDENTIAL PLACE: KILIFI

Michael is a last born in a family of two children. His both parents died when he was still young. Since the death of his parents, Michael has been living with his aunt who too is a widow. Michael’s brother is being helped by the relatives to get his education in college. However, his future studies are indefinite without financial support.

Michael, a street kid takes refuge in Nice-View .... Michael at the Youth Welfare Office on 23 February 2009

On 23 February 2009, we were with Boni & Trixi for a conversation at the Youth Welfare Office, meanwhile the manager of another children's home joined. She brought a boy back because the management of the home had decided not to accommodate the boy. Before that he was at that home for 3 days already.

Martin Musembi Martin April 2007

As told by Francis: Four brothers had to accept constant changes of location, due to the fathers work. Francis, the oldest, had suffered most, since he had to always change school. In June 2006, he left school in the 5th class. Martin, who is now 7 years old, never went to school. Ndolo is already 5 years old and has never attended kindergarten.

Aoron Paul Oloo 2013

DREAM: Journalism
FATHER: ZACHARIA OLOO
MOTHER: LUCY APOLLO

Haron is sixth born in a family of seven children.

Although both parents are alive, life is difficult to the family. The parents struggled to educate their children up to secondary level but they weren’t able to educate them further due to financial constraints. Furthermore, all these children are jobless.

Neema III June 2011: Neema (right) and Deborah in front their sleeping place in the slum

On 29 June 2011, we received via email the information that in the slum ‚Bangladesh’, district Mikindani, 6 sibblings are in need. Immediately we drove to Mombasa to inform us on the spot. Firstly we spoke with the mayor, the 2nd District Officer (D.O.) as well as with the Volunteer Children Officer (V.C.O.). Thereafter we drove to the children’s place of residence. They were left behind at their aunt’s and uncle’s place approximately 4 months ago, and what we saw was quite shocking.

Ibrahim Ibrahim November 2008

It is difficult to say 'No' when children are in need. Therefore, we decided to accommodate four more children on November 26th, 2008. We wanted to avoid the situation of their getting separated and spread over different children's homes. Since it is now getting quite crowded in the children's house, we pushed on with the furnishing of the girl's house, and hope that the first girls can move in January.

Victor Onyango 2014

FATHER: JOSEPH ONYANGO
MOTHER: SARAH AWOURI
SIBLINGS: 2
RESIDENTIAL PLACE: BANGLADESH

Victor is the last born in a family of three. Both his brother and sister live in Kisumu town on their own in an informal street life. Victors parents died 9yrs 7yrs ago possibly of HIV/AIDS. Since then, Victor was rescued by his maternal aunt who lives in Bangladesh. The aunt struggles to fend for a family of 5 children including Victor hence their schooling has been inconsistent and only one child managed to complete secondary school education due to lack of finances.

Joseph Joseph July 2008 (1st photo)

On 06 July 2008, a Sunday morning, Gudrun received a phone call from the police station in our village Msambweni. A small boy had been brought there by a villager. The villager saw the boy all alone on the main road (between Msambweni & Lunga Lunga) and asked him why he was alone that late at night. The boy told him that he was looking for his aunt who lived in Msambweni. He walked alone all the way from the border of Tanzania to Msambweni (approximately 65 km) and had eaten only mangoes.

Kahindi Kahindi January 2003

Kahindi now looks very happy. This was not always the case. In the streets of Kwale, he possibly would face a very different life with his mentally handicapped mother. But he almost has forgotten his bad experiences with people who were not really interested in him. In May 2000, he came to Nice View and gets everything he needs: a loving care, healthy food, education, hope, enjoyment and a perspective for his future.

Daniel Otaya Okoth 2014

DREAM: ENGINEER
FATHER: JEONES OCHIENG OTAYA
MOTHER: CAREN ANYANGO

Daniel is the second born in a family of 6 children. Their first born is learning in Form 3 in Siaya County.

Wilfrida Auma

DREAM: Journalism

FATHER: JAMES OPONDO (DECEASED)
MOTHER: MARGARET AKINYI ORANJA

Wilfrida is a fourth born in a family of seven children. Her father died when she was still seven years old in standard one.    

Wilfrida was learning at St. Peters Academy where the school fee per term was ksh. 1,200. This translates to ksh. 3,600 per year. With as low as the school fees was, her mother wasn’t capable of paying hence her persistent stay out of school.

Mwanajuma Mwanajuma November 2008

It is difficult to say 'No' when children are in need. Therefore, we decided to accommodate four more children on November 26th, 2008. We wanted to avoid the situation of their getting separated and spread over different children's homes. Since it is now getting quite crowded in the children's house, we pushed on with the furnishing of the girl's house, and hope that the first girls can move in January.

Simon Anthony Kilonzo 2014

DREAM: Journalism
FATHER: ANTHONY KIKUU
MOTHE: BERNADETTE MULITA (DIED)

Simon is the seventh born in a family of nine children.

Simon and his brother Patrick live with their father in coast- Kikoneni while the rest live in upcountry- Kitui.

Moses Odhiambo Wambia 2014

DREAM: Surgeon
FATHER’S NAME: Wilson Wambia
MOTHER’S NAME: Rosebella Atieno Wambia.

Moses is a last born in a family of four children. His father died when Moses was only eight months. After his birth, they were brought up by a single mother until in 2004 when she also passed on. Life became difficult for the children since the death of both parents.

2004-2006 he stayed with the elder brother who by then was working as a casual laborer in Kisumu but he wasn’t attending school.

Salim

Salim was amongst the first 8 children we accommodated in 2000.

He was classified by the Youth Welfare Office as an orphan. However, since he kept constantly asking for his mother we started with investigations. After finding his mother, Salim was transferred back to his family.
 

Saumu Saumu at the entrance to the Nice-View-Children`s-Village January 2003

Saumu lived, after her parents died, with her aunt. After living in an impoverished life Saumu came to us with physiological disorders. She was very reserved never laughed. Her physical condition was also not well. On 13 March 2000, she came to us to Nice View. Now, Saumu is a friendly girl without problems and fears. She laughs a lot and plays with her friends. We are pleased that she is now so happy and carefree. Since January 2002 Saumu attends to a private school. She loves our babies very much and often  plays in her spare time with them.

Haji Haji

On 13 March 2000, Haji came together with his two older siblings Suleiman and Mwanasha to Nice View. In the beginning he had horrible nightmares. Now he sleeps through the night. He was underfed and his body was very weak for his age. At Nice View he gets healthy and nutritious food. Because of that, his health has improved dramatically. He is a very kind boy and always plays practical jokes. His special characteristic is absolute honesty you can rely on.

Amina passport photo Amina

Amina lived with her grandmother after her father died. Her mother is in a clinic for mentally disabled people. She never went to school, since her grandmother and her family are very poor and nobody could come up with the required school fees. When Amina came to Nice View, she was very scared and socially inhibited. Now she is a very balanced child and is always cheerful. She feels at home in Nice View. Amina goes since 2001 to a private school. In her spare time she likes to play “Mensch ärgere Dich nicht” or other games and to tingle.

Fatuma Fatuma shortly after arrival

Fatuma and Mwanahalima lived with their very poor grandmother after the death of their mother (they never knew the father). Since she could not take care of two children, the children got separated and Fatuma came to an aunt. Both had no possibility to go to school. Fatuma is a quiet and a kind child. She has made many friends at Nice View with whom she plays, sings, dances and laughs. Since January 2002, she goes to a private school and has improved her grades.

Mwanasha small Mwanasha small with the other children in 2000

Mwanasha lived after the death of her parents with her grandmother under very poor conditions. She could not go to school, since nobody could pay the fees. When she came to Nice View, she was very intimidated and without vitality, but after a short while she was again in love with life. Now she is a very kind and musical girl. With her friends she has entertained us many evenings with singing and dancing. Since January 2002 she goes to a private school and has improved her marks. She is very diligently at school.

Francis The four brothers Fredrick, Ndolo, Francis & Martin September 2006

As told by Francis: Four brothers had to accept constant changes of location, due to the fathers work. Francis, the oldest, had suffered most, since he had to always change school. In June 2006, he left school in the 5th class. Martin, who is now 7 years old, never went to school. Ndolo is already 5 years old and has never attended kindergarten.

Mwanasha big Mwanasha big January 2003

Mwanasha came with her two siblings Haji and Suleiman on 13 March 2000 to Nice View. After the death of their parents they lived with their sick and weak grandmother. They had not even a real roof above their heads and not each day they got something to eat. Since their grandmother was very weak, they had to take care of themselves. They did not go to school but had to work in the garden and had to carry heavy water buckets to their home.

Mwanahalima Mwanahalima January 2003

Mwanahalima and Fatuma lived with their very poor grandmother after the death of their mother (they never knew the father). Since she could not take care of two children, the children got separated and Fatuma came to an aunt. Both had no possibility to go to school. Mwanahalima goes now since 2001 to a private school. She has some difficulties to learn but we give her extra lessons to improve her grades. She likes to assist in baking cakes and takes lovingly care of the little ones.

Suleiman Suleiman in 2000

Suleiman, Mwanasha and Haji lived after the death of their parents with their sick grandmother. They lived under very poor circumstances and had not even a roof above their heads. Suleiman, who has never visited a school, goes since January 2001 to a private school. He has a sponsor, who knows him personally and finances his schooling. Suleiman has very good marks and his goal is to become the best in his class.

Mohamed S.

Mohamed is sponsored by an Austrian organization whose objective it is to improve the living standards of Kinondo people. They have several projects in Kinondo besides educating children. They believe that good education will change the lives of Kinondo people. They therefore preferred Nice View Gratitude Academy as a school that offers the kind of education they need for their foster children. In this regard, they sponsor five children in our school.

Salim S.

Salim is sponsored by an Austrian organization whose objective it is to improve the living standards of Kinondo people. They have several projects in Kinondo besides educating children. They believe that good education will change the lives of Kinondo people. They therefore preferred Nice View Gratitude Academy as a school that offers the kind of education they need for their foster children. In this regard, they sponsor five children in our school.

Mohamed O.

Mohamed is sponsored by an Austrian organization whose objective it is to improve the living standards of Kinondo people. They have several projects in Kinondo besides educating children. They believe that good education will change the lives of Kinondo people. They therefore preferred Nice View Gratitude Academy as a school that offers the kind of education they need for their foster children. In this regard, they sponsor five children in our school.

Mwamize Njowa

Daughter of our milkman, who provides us regularly with vegetables at no charge. In return, one of his children was admitted into the Nice View Gratitude Academy.

Mwanajuma

Mwanajuma is sponsored by an Austrian organization whose objective it is to improve the living standards of Kinondo people. They have several projects in Kinondo besides educating children. They believe that good education will change the lives of Kinondo people. They therefore preferred Nice View Gratitude Academy as a school that offers the kind of education they need for their foster children. In this regard, they sponsor five children in our school.

Mwalimu

Mwalimu is sponsored by an Austrian organization whose objective it is to improve the living standards of Kinondo people. They have several projects in Kinondo besides educating children. They believe that good education will change the lives of Kinondo people. They therefore preferred Nice View Gratitude Academy as a school that offers the kind of education they need for their foster children. In this regard, they sponsor five children in our school.

Omari

Omari is sponsored by an Austrian organization whose objective it is to improve the living standards of Kinondo people. They have several projects in Kinondo besides educating children. They believe that good education will change the lives of Kinondo people. They therefore preferred Nice View Gratitude Academy as a school that offers the kind of education they need for their foster children. In this regard, they sponsor five children in our school.

Umi

Umi is sponsored by an Austrian organization whose objective it is to improve the living standards of Kinondo people. They have several projects in Kinondo besides educating children. They believe that good education will change the lives of Kinondo people. They therefore preferred Nice View Gratitude Academy as a school that offers the kind of education they need for their foster children. In this regard, they sponsor five children in our school.

Miriam

Miriam is sponsored by an Austrian organization whose objective it is to improve the living standards of Kinondo people. They have several projects in Kinondo besides educating children. They believe that good education will change the lives of Kinondo people. They therefore preferred Nice View Gratitude Academy as a school that offers the kind of education they need for their foster children. In this regard, they sponsor five children in our school.

Tai

Tai is sponsored by an Austrian organization whose objective it is to improve the living standards of Kinondo people. They have several projects in Kinondo besides educating children. They believe that good education will change the lives of Kinondo people. They therefore preferred Nice View Gratitude Academy as a school that offers the kind of education they need for their foster children. In this regard, they sponsor five children in our school.

Hamisi

Hamisi is sponsored by an Austrian organization whose objective it is to improve the living standards of Kinondo people. They have several projects in Kinondo besides educating children. They believe that good education will change the lives of Kinondo people. They therefore preferred Nice View Gratitude Academy as a school that offers the kind of education they need for their foster children. In this regard, they sponsor five children in our school.

Salim I.

Salim is sponsored by an Austrian organization whose objective it is to improve the living standards of Kinondo people. They have several projects in Kinondo besides educating children. They believe that good education will change the lives of Kinondo people. They therefore preferred Nice View Gratitude Academy as a school that offers the kind of education they need for their foster children. In this regard, they sponsor five children in our school.

Amina Mohamed

Born in a family of four, both parents are jobless. Amina, her siblings and their mother all stay at their grandmother’s home. The mother had two children in Nice View. During that time, she struggled to pay school fees for Amina and her sister but she couldn’t manage it. She therefore pleaded for her children’s education assistance, Amina was however considered for the sponsorship while the elder girl was transferred to a Government (public) school.

Victor Mburu

Victor is sponsored by the employer of his mother.