Children

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

Kea Kea 01.07.2009

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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...

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.