Jolene

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.

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. The police and the Youth Welfare Office are now looking for the mother or other relatives.

The Youth Welfare Officer who brought Jolene to us, was sure that he will not see her again alive. Therefore, we are very grateful that we could celebrate her first birthday with her in 2005. Jolene is still a little daintily, but developed completely normal. She crawls now and is very happy if you walk a few steps with her.

She is an uncomplicated, contended, quiet and cheerful child and enjoys playing in the water. Her mother has not been found and we have now retained custody until she is 18 years of age.

July 2008: Jolene is one of the quietest children, but completely hogs you once she is alone with you. She never makes problems, is always happy and in a good mood. In kindergarten she performs very well and is together with the older ones in one group.

November 2010: Since September Jolene is in class one. She is still very balanced and just a real good one. We would be happy if all of our children would be that uncomplicated.

April 2012: Jolene is now in the 2nd class and a good performer. She is popular among the other children and a popular subject for photographers. Jolene is very neat, one of the quieter children and somewhat shy.

October 2013: Jolene is in the group still a quiet child. However, this changes as soon as you deal with her alone. Then she is relaxed, funny and sometimes even a little cheeky. She has at the moment some problems in school, is in class 2, but her performance will certainly improve again soon.

January 2016: Jolene is now in class 5 with Faima, Mona and Steven. She's an average learner. Although a quiet girl, she's able to come out of her shell. Recently, she's been a little difficult to deal with, which we wouldn't have expected of her, but we're convinced this will pass over time.

February 2019: Unfortunately, Jolene is still struggling at school and is currently in the 7th grade. She is a sweet and still quite calm girl whom we would sometimes wish a little more self-confidence.