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: Before they came to us Mickey and his brother Juma have not been to a kindergarten or school. Since children in Kenya learn English, how to write, read and calculate already in kindergarten, Miceky and his brother Juma are for now in kindergarten. After the summer holidays we take it from there. Mickey speaks English already quite well, is very attentive and a little gentleman. As Juma he has a beautiful voice and both are an enrichment of the Nice View choir.
November 2010: Mickey is now in class 2, his school performance is very good and he is class prefect. He is very social and helpful and quite popular amongst other children. Also Mickey is now a yellow belt wearer (Taekwondo).
April 2012: What distinguishes Mickey from Juma or Juma from Mickey? The brothers not only look alike, they are even very similar. As Juma is Mickey now in class 3 and an average performer who is also not good at reading and spelling. Nevertheless, also he is hardworking and disciplined and tries actively to improve his scholastic performance. Mickey is also sporting (practices for example Taekwondo and plays football), popular and helpful. He is very honest and responsible and never complaints if he needs to assist in the children’s home.
October 2013: Mickey is now in class 4, is always unremarkable, has a good character and helps the guardians a lot with the younger children. He grew a lot recently and is now almost as tall as Kahindi, who is currently the tallest of our boys, and this with 13 years.
January 2016: Mickey is in the meantime in class 7. Together with Juma, Sarah, Mary and Regina. He is an average pupil, polite, helpful, disciplined, reliable and deals with assigned tasks in a dutiful way. That’s also why he was appointed dining hall prefect in school. Mickey plays as defender in the Nice View Football Team and was elected captain.
November 2018: Mickey is still the captain of the football team, finished Primary School end of last year and has started his training in January to become a mechanic. He attends a Christian vocational training centre in Ukunda, but still lives at the children’s village and goes to Ukunda every day.