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.
Mwanajuma (13 years old), her brother Ibrahim (12 years old) and their cousins Mickey (7 years old) and Juma (6 years old) lived after the death of their mothers first together with their grandmother. However, the grandmother got again married and actually did not want the children. In addition, we were told that she wanted to force Mwanajuma into prostitution. Later they lived with a relative in the leprosy village. This is a small community of former lepers and their families within our village Msambweni. Since this relative can more or less not do anything with her crippled hands (we see her regularly begging in Mombasa), Mwamajuma had to work a lot on the field and was always responsible for cooking. As it looks now, Ibrahim is the only one that has gone to school.
It took hours to collect the children, we even had to involve the police, since a woman one of the boys was with wanted to attack us. Now they are all save and sound with us, and we can now finally ensure they get all the care they urgently need. As with Mary, innumerable maggots had to be removed from feet and hands, apart from this they were also generally not in a good physical condition. They had all four infectious wounds all over the body.
July 2009: Even though Ibrahim has gone to school from time to time, he was initially put in class 1. After the summer holidays it will be decided which class is the right one for him. He is a cheerful boy, always ready to play tricks on somebody. When he starts to dance, you can just watch amazed: he is a great dancer.
November 2010: A few days ago Ibrahim had to be treated at the hospital, but he is well again. He stepped on a stonefish along the beach. This fish has poisonous prickles, and Ibrahim had to stay in bed for several days. His school performance is very good and he is in the meantime in class 3 and class prefect. He is a yellow belt wearer (Taekwondo) and member of the Nice View football team.
April 2012: Ibrahim is now in class 4 and still a very good performer. He is prefect and always helpful and dedicated. He is one of the most active footballers and participates in the training wholehearted. Ibrahim has since a while a brace. He is a little gentleman and likes to be hugged.
October 2013: Even though he is just in class 5, Ibrahim slowly but surely reaches adulthood with 16 years of age. He forms together with Joseph and Pascal the mastermind of our football team and we owe him some of the recent successes. He was even asked by a good football club to support them in some important matches since their trainer considers him a talented striker.
January 2016: Ibrahim is in the meantime in class 8 together with Ndolo. He is good in school, eager to learn, games captain and we keep our fingers crossed that he finishes class 8 with a good result. Ibrahim is caring, a good footballer, helps at the moment often in the kitchen, takes much care of Daniel or Timo and is slowly growing up. Later he can imagine to support us in the Medical Centre.
May 2018: At the beginning of the year Ibrahim and Ndolo decided to begin a carpentry apprenticeship at a vocational training unit in Diani. This was a good decision as competent craftsmen are needed in Kenya.
Ibrahim, an adult already, had at first shared a room with Joseph in Diani (Joseph’s father lives next door with his family). This room was furnished by Nice View. Unfortunately, he soon quit the apprenticeship and, as it seems, decided to care for himself in the future. We, and the Nice view Team, regret this very much. Even if he did not live at the children’s village anymore he was still a part of the Nice View family and ought to be supported on his way into independence.