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. Fredrick called "Freddy" is now 2 and 1/2 years old and is actually happy if he gets enough food. The father left the family in June 2006, for reasons unknown to us. The mother went reportedly in July 2006 to look for the father and never returned. The children were all of a sudden alone and had no clue how to survive. In the beginning they could take something for credit in the supermarket, but after 3 weeks they got nothing anymore. The oldest, "Francis", gave the youngest "Freddy" sugar water to keep him alive and had suddenly a big responsibility that almost crushed him. He missed his parents, was worried about his brothers, had suddenly to take care of everyone and felt responsible. There was no sign of life from his parents or any relatives. There was nobody! Nobody to ask questions! Nowhere was help in sight! This was too much for the 13 years old Francis - he was crying a lot due to the hopeless situation (his younger brothers have told us) - and finally he was just hoping to be rescued. On 23August 2006 help came - somebody had informed the police and the Youth Welfare Office. The children were salvaged from their pitiful room and brought to a children's home in Kwale. The press was present and on television everybody in Kenya could follow the dramatic rescue. Unfortunately, the children were not accepted in the children's home in Kwale and always went to sleep crying. A coworker of the children's home took the children with her for one week, but this was no long-term solution. The Youth Welfare Office got again involved and asked us (Nice View Children's Village) if we could take the children. Although we have almost no space at the moment, we have accepted spontaneously, after we have heard the sad story. Despite shortage, we have created space for the four children - there is always a solution. We see now how urgently our new children's home needs to be built! On September 13th, the children came to us and have felt good immediately. An additional dining table was placed and little Freddy became his own potty - there he sits now with our other 8 little ones after each meal and in between. Martin told us today (14.09.06): "Even if our mother is found, I am going to stay in Nice View - it is so beautiful here"! Freddy, the smallest one, spontaneously hugged me (Gudrun) today (14.09.06), when I was wishing the children a Good Morning. I was very emotional due to this spontaneous gesture. Children mainly need love and affection and that's what they get in Nice View! The Youth Welfare Office is now looking with our support for the parents or relatives, and if we should get hints we will go into them. We are now awaiting the results of the investigations. Thereafter, we can say more about how the future of the children will look like. At the moment they are not allowed to attend school - until the investigations are finalized! Until then we will train them in Nice View and will show them what they can do in their free time.
In June 2007, the four brothers are still with us. As Martin, Freddy is a little wild and disturbs a bit the peace of the Nice View kindergarten group. However, we are optimistic that our corrective methods will be successful and that Freddy will become more quite. Freddy loves to dance and it is amazing how good he can already sing songs.
July 2008, our Freddy: one of our older girls said a while ago: there is absolutely nothing Freddy is not able to. Whether dancing, singing songs all alone, or in kindergarten. Unfortunately, he uses his capabilities also constantly to behave mischievously. However, he is presumably still too small to recognise that this does not always make us happy and brings him occasionally in trouble. He is a little rascal.
August 2009: As not expected otherwise, Freddy is one of the best preschoolers und will start school after the summer holidays (not even 5 ½ years old). Since you have to keep tabs on him, and since we do not want to risk that the nice new children’s home gets damaged, we are considering taking him back to Nice View I. Then he would also be together again with his bigger brothers.
November 2010: Fredrick, also called Muala, is now in class 2. He is, we and the teachers are in agreement about this, highly intelligent. However, he must still be supervised constantly. Unbelievable with what he always comes up with, and self-picked flowers do not always make us forgive him. Luckily his social behavior has improved, and he got even an award for this at school.
April 2012: Fredrick is now in the 3rd class. He is good in school, hardworking, but also somewhat sloppy and needs to improve handwriting and exercise bookkeeping. He practices Taekwondo and attends the drawing club. He is one of the wilder boys. However, his behavior has significantly improved. Therefore, we also praise him when he shows an almost perfect behavior. Fredrick is our 'Big Eater' and usually never had enough to eat.
October 2013: Fredrick is very self-confident. When for example during the celebrations of the day of orphans was asked who could present a poem, Fredrick jumped up immediately and presented spontaneously and full of enthusiasm - in front of hundreds of people. He thinks he is capable of doing everything and we believe in him. However, he is sometimes his own worst enemy and in school inattentive and disorderly. He is now in class 3.
January 2016: Having failed to reach the school year target, Fredrick is now repeating class 6. Although (or just because) he's intellectually gifted and learns everything in no time, he gets bad marks at school and can't concentrate. Since he's hyperactive, he always needs something to do to keep him out of mischief. Fredrick can be very charming, he's helpful and far from being shy. He likes dancing and singing and is a great host during social evenings.
February 2019: Fredrick graduated from primary school with good grades at the end of last year and was accepted at the Shimba Hills Secondary School, about an hour's drive from Nice View. He still has a lot of fuss in his head and you always have to keep a watching brief over him. He is very helpful, interested in everything and would later like to become a car mechanic.