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 Ndolo is now in the first kindergarten class. Until a few months ago, he spoke his tribal language only. Now he has basic knowledge of English and Swahili. Out of the four, he seems to be the most quite one and seems to become a good pupil as his older brothers. His brothers have told us that he fainted several times in the past. Therefore, we are monitoring his health closely. However, in all the months with us, there was no incident, and we believe now that he fainted due to hunger.
July 2008: We are happy that we can report that Ndolo has no health problems at all. He is still in kindergarten, but we think it is time that he goes to school from January on. We have the impression that he is unchallenged in kindergarten. He even told us that we would like to do more with numbers. Is of course quite often around when Martin, Leah, Lavenda or Anna are doing their homework. Also we have the impression that he can calculate quite well already.
July 2009: Ndolo looks always a little sleepy, but is one of the most attentive and interested children. To his great pleasure he is in school since almost one year and will be in the 2nd class after the summer holidays.
November 2010: Ndolo’s school performance is very good and he is now in class 3. He likes to read story books and writes the stories off he likes best. He is at the moment the youngest member of the Nice View football team.
April 2012: Ndolo is now in class 4 and still a good performer. He is still doing lots of sports, including Taekwondo, and is likely the first who finished reading the children’s bible. Ndolo needs a lot of sleep, and we always need to take care that he does not miss dinner by oversleeping.
October 2013: Ndolo is now in class 5 and we hope that he and his brothers Martin and Fredrick finally unlock their potential. Ndolo is always a little sleepy and one could get the idea that he is unchallenged in school. As all the other younger boys he exercises now more, trains football regularly and competes from time to time.
January 2016: Together with Ibrahim Ndolo is in class 8. Still a little grumpy in the morning he's only an average learner. However, we think that he could do much better. Now he gets extra lessons on a regular basis in order to complete class 8 with fair results which are required to be admitted to secondary school. Ndolo is rather quiet without attracting attention.
November 2018: At the beginning of the year 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. He still lives at the children’s village and goes to Diani every day.