Martin Musembi

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.

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 year 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 build! 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, and Martin attends now the 3rd kindergarten class. As his younger brothers, he spoke his tribal language only, however, now after a few months, he has already basic knowledge of English and Swahili (in speaking as well as in writing). Martin is a little wild and plays a trick on us from time to time. This is certainly related to the way how they grew up, and will definitely change soon. Martin and Francis have told us that Martin's father (Francis' stepfather) has once broken Francis' arm.

July 2008: Please be warned if you are planning to play a game with Martin that is not only dependent on luck. You will loose faster as you can think. Martin shows always a lot of interest, also in school, is a little gentleman and leafs through animal encyclopaedias for hours.

July 2009: Martin and Pascal have become good friends and could watch Winnetou movies for hours. Martin is now calmer. However, you can never be sure he is not playing a trick on you. When the boys are performing, he takes now often the responsibility and lead. He will be in class 4 after the summer holidays.

November 2010: Martin is still interested in everything, and he is very clever. For this reason it is hard for us to understand that his school performance is just fair. He plays in the Nice View football team and is one of the Taekwondo yellow belt wearer. He is meanwhile very balanced and always very helpful.

April 2012: Martin is now in class 6 and a good performer. He still likes to play board games like chess or Scotland Yard. However, when you play with him you must be quite concentrated to ensure you are not fooled. He is a little rascal.

October 2013: Martin is quite shrewd but still needs to unlock his potential. He is now in class 7, not a bad student, but could definitely do better and could also be tidier.

January 2016: Martin attends in the meanwhile class 10 (form 2) of a secondary school in the vicinity of Nakuru. He is there in the volleyball team and a bright pupil. Martin is quiet, polite, self-confident, takes on responsibility and is the master of ceremony in the children’s home.

February 2019: Martin graduated from secondary school with very good grades at the end of last year. He came on average to a B +, with an A in his favorite subject math. So far, none of the Nice View children has done that well. He now wants to study architecture, mathematics, statistics or civil engineering. To prepare for his study, he is currently attending a 3-month computer course until he gets a place at the university. Alongside, he takes the driver's license.

In the children's village he acts as a "master of ceremonies" and has often guided us through the program, for example on Saturday evenings.

August 2019: Martin will begin his studies at the end of August / beginning of September. He could enroll for a total of 6 courses at various universities and unfortunately got assigned his last choice: study business administration (with IT) at Maseno University in the west of the country (near Kisumu). Since he basically wanted to study architecture, civil engineering, mathematics or statistics, he will begin his studies, but would like to try to change the course of study.

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