On 19 March 2012 the Youth Welfare Office got in touch by phone. An approximately 10 months old child was in need of help. Subsequently we asked the Youth Welfare Office to come by with the child to discuss further actions, and the head of the Youth Welfare office visited us together with a woman and the little boy. Timo was healthwise not in a good condition and to weak for his age.
The woman told us that Timo was taken away from his mother after his birth, since his mother is drug addicted and HIV positive. The danger that she infects him with HIV through breastfeeding was too high, and it was furthermore obvious that the mother can not take care of her child. Timo was, therefore, brought to a children’s home in Diani. However, after a few months, the german father picked him up.
His father lived thereafter with the woman who accompanied Timo and his son for a while in Diani, but had to go back to Germany due to health problems. Timo was left with the woman. Via the children’s home in Diani the Youth Welfare Office got to know that Timo is not with his mother but with another woman who can not look after him properly.
The woman had no idea how to provide Timo with what he requires since his father did not support her financially. Furthermore, the father will very likely not return to Kenya.
On the basis of a court order, Timo is now under our guardianship until he attains legal age. By now Timo is doing well and has settled down. All children are happy that he is now a member oft he Nice View family, and they all look after the little one.
We do not now if the date of birth is correct. We are still awaiting the birth certificate.
April 2012: Timo has won everybodies heart. If you look for him you find him most of the times with David, one of the older boys, who also often feeds him very patiently. Besides, when Francis or Haji are at home during school holidays, you find him regularly on their arm. Timo is a lively child and will walk by himself soon. Already now it is almost impossible to keep step with him.
November 2013: Timo is now potty-trained and since May in kindergarten (baby class). He is funny and always concerned about our disabled Neema. He makes visitors aware of her and makes sure she is not forgotten. Timo is meanwhile quite independent and always wants to assist. He likes cars and is very happy if he can ride with somebody.
January 2016: Timo joined the kindergarten play group. On one hand he causes us sorrow, because he is very wild and doesn’t want to obey, but on the other hand he can be very charming, cuddly and affectionate. From time to time you have to check his pockets for grasshoppers he collects with his friends Jamila and Gabriel.
November 2019: Timo is already in class 2. Although he is a good pupil, he still finds it difficult to learn Kiswahili because he mainly grew up with the English language. While Timo is always up to mischief, he is such a cheerful nature and knows how to wrap people around his little finger. He looks after the animals with great enthusiasm and likes to help in the kitchen as well.