I’ve tried adulting then figured it is boring as hell! So what have i been up to? Stick around for all the shenanigans.
7th October i joined the VOFCIN (Volunteers for Children In Need) bandwagon to Good Samaritan’s Children’s Home at Mathare which is 20 minutes drive from Nairobi CBD via Juja road. I came across VOFCIN last year online through the Meetup platform as i was busy looking for vibrant things to do during my weekends. VOFCIN is a group of young and old individuals that give back to the community after every two months to children in dire need. We don’t visit homes that have it all; simply fully funded and all sails smoothly for them. Instead, we opt for homes that are struggling despite the need to rescue vulnerable kids. Those with poor living conditions yet the love, kindness and unity blossoms in them.
Good Samaritan home was started by Mama Mercy who is now 60years old with the desire to help needy children in Mathare community, known to home shanties. Currently the home has 500 children ranging from toddlers to university students. 20 of them are under HIV/AIDS treatment. Under her watch she has seen her children graduate to professionals who aid in providing funds to cater for other children. The home has no donor support but depend on well wishers for its survival. With about 20 cows that provide milk for the home, these also come in handy as their major source of income as they sell milk to neighboring communities and when need arises mama sells a cow to make ends meet.
Our main activity was bonding with the children through games, reading, counselling and also getting to know the staff. The day would not be a success without our donations that bought pampers, food stuffs ranging from wheat flour, rice, maize flour, sugar, cooking oil, detergents, soaps and snacks that we ate while interacting with them. Also volunteers came along with shoes and clothes for donation. My major highlight was when i met three children who can write their own gospel songs and rap them.
The home’s main challenge is water, as the kids cried for water when they saw us and drank from all our water bottles. Another challenge i observed was hygiene especially with the toddlers who lacked pampers thus poop was everywhere not forgetting foul smell that emanated from an exposed sewage inside the home.
Above all we were challenged by the plight children continue to face in our societies which is a wake up call to all of us to take time and help the vulnerable.