Moses

Moses was freed out of his ´prison´ in a dramatic rescue operation. He was alone in a dark and completely empty room in Mombasa. This tragic event was even broadcasted on the Kenyan news.

Moses was freed out of his ´prison´ in a dramatic rescue operation.  He was alone in a dark and completely empty room in Mombasa. This tragic event was even broadcasted on the Kenyan news. The mother had frequently locked the approximately 5 year old boy in that room for hours, as neighbours told. Then came the day when the mother did not return. The little one was all alone lying on the rough ground without any food.

A social worker was then looking for a children´s home in Mombasa, but not one accepted to take in the little boy. She contacted the Youth Welfare Office in Kwale, but all of the children´s homes they got in touch with refused accommodating Moses. Desperate she called Cosmas, our social worker, and we have immediately taken in the little boy. In principle we are registered for the accommodation of babies, but are frequently the place to go for children nobody wants to have. We never reject, since we are always there if children need us!

We have named the little boy "Moses" – our children have chosen the name. All are very concerned about Moses, and already on the next day we took him to therapy. The diagnosis is cerebral palsy, and we hope he will walk soon when receiving regular therapy.  

November 2010: Unfortunately, it appears that Moses suffers from cerebral palsy just as Neema. However, the handicap is much less marked, and he shows a lot of potential. We are convinced that Moses will walk and even speak one day. Therefore, we have decided to provide him with the optimal treatment, and Moses is since September in a therapy center for children with cerebral palsy West of Nairobi. He comes home during holidays, and we always look forward seeing him!

June 2011: After a long search, we have found a rehabilitation centre for handicapped children in Makobe, a village in the proximity in the direction of Shimba Hills. We have visited the institution and were immediately excited. The well-trained staff is full of enthusiasm and provides a tender loving care. Therefore, and since Moses did not make a lot of progress until now, we decided mid-February to place him as well as Neema there. Both feel comfortable at that place and have made friends already. Moses can stand now and walks with some support. During the next holidays in August he will be at home in Nice View for several weeks, and we are already curious to see the progress he has made!

April 2012: Moses walks better and better, but not on his own yet. He is very outgoing, but feels sometimes a little bored when he is at home during holidays. Furthermore, he often keeps then the guardians awake since he is not sufficiently engaged during the days.

October 2013: It is good to see how positive Moses has developed. Moses stays during school periods in a home for people with disabilities and they do a competent job there. He sits better and better by himself, tries to stand-up alone and even walks better and better. The latter however still with assistance. When he is home during school holidays he is usually a balanced and contented child.

January 2015: Moses has since a while a therapist who is mainly working with him. Therefore, our team in Kenya fetched him home later than usually, since she wanted to continue working with him, while the other children were already on holidays. Instead some of our co-workers and children, which were also on holidays already, visited him.
In Makobe, where the home for children with disabilities is located, a big surprise was awaiting them. Moses can walk meanwhile by himself. He sits now on a big chair and can stand up when his back is stabilized. His therapist is convinced that he will learn even more. For example to raise a glass or to eat alone.
We are very happy for Moses!

February 2019: As the care in the home for the disabled unfortunately got worse and worse, the Nice View team decided to bring Moses back home. He now has his own occupational therapist who regularly works with him and a mom (co-worker) who takes care of him exclusively. He makes small but noticeable progress.