Faith

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.

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.

At the Youth Welfare Office the mother told that she got involved with a married man. The man is HIV positive, what she did not know first, and left her once she got pregnant. Later at the police she confirmed that she wanted to kill the baby and herself. After the birth she had learned that she is HIV positive as well. She was told that she cannot breastfeed the baby, got tablets and was registered. There was no further advice. In addition, the father of the baby who initially said that he would take care of her is now not interested in the baby anymore, and she lost her head.

The baby, a little girl we name Faith, was brought to us on the same day. She was dirty, hungry and underfed. The mother is since then in therapy.

Relatives of the mother and the father refuse taking the child, and we have initiated an HIV test. However, we will only get the result in approximately 4 weeks time. If Faith should be HIV positive, she cannot stay with us and will be transferred to Mombasa, since in Kenya HIV positive children cannot be accommodated together with HIV negative ones. We can only wait and seen and hope that Faith is HIV negative.

November 2010: Faith is a lively and happy baby, smiling at everyone. She already tries to stand up alone, but crawling does not work yet.

April 2012: Faith' first attempts to walk made us think of a drunken airplane. Nowadays you can not notice anymore any of this. Faith will join our baby class (kindergarten) soon and is already very excited. Faith is very tough, humourous and most of the times good-tempered. When you get close to her you must be prepared for everything. You could get a slab in your face but also a kiss on the cheat. Mona is for Faith her mama, and most of the times they appear as a pair.

November 2013: Faith is since a while in kindergarten (baby class) and speaks already good and accent-free English. She is nice, cuddly and can take a joke. She is very active, but can fall asleep within a second.

January 2016: Faith joined the kindergarten reception class this months and will be someday a good pupil. She is very happy and communicative, very active and sometimes a little too wild. She gets on well with the other children. In general she is fine but suffers from time to time from ear infections.

November 2019: Faith is now in class 3 and does very well. Sometimes she can be quite a tomboy that even the boys beware of. She knows perfectly well how to defend herself. Even the older team mates respect her as a football player. She has an extraordinary talent for football. Unfortunately, she suffers from an inexplicable ear infection that keeps recurring since her birth.