There has been lots of change at our girls house with two of our little ones making the next step home. This is always an anxious time, despite all the months of preparation and planning. We have worked hard with our girls to prepare them for the task of giving evidence in court, that’s after being subjected often to intrusive medical procedures, following their abuse; we have connected and worked with the families and their communities to help them to manage the stigma that their families may encounter – because their baby girl was attacked and violated. Makes no sense for these beautiful baby girls and their families, they are innocent angels, how can they be rejected by the communities that need to protect them. We help change those thoughts.
There are so many things I could tell you about walking around Nakuru town. It’s a busy colourful and bustling place with so many local traditions and sights, but also some real indicators that the area is encouraging tourists. There are several coffee shops which attract mainly European customers, which bring much needed income into the area.
Please bear with me while I share with you some wonderful wonderful news. One of our very traumatised young men has been accepted to catering college. To say his journey has been tough is simply not enough. He has faced more in his 17 years than you could imagine.
What can I say – and where do I start with this trip. I have laughed so much and I have cried a river of tears, sometimes in the same moment! I’m not sure I can do it justice in a blog but I’ll give it a go.
She is the eldest of her three siblings. Her experience was so shocking that it was all over the national news here in Kenya. She and her sisters, and mother, had been systematically beaten and raped by their father, who is now in prison for life. She was very withdrawn and totally overshadowed by her noisy little sisters.
Dan Hughes has been to visit our project in Kenya! That is simply huge and I can’t quite believe it has happened! Dan is the guy who developed Dyadic Developmental Practice and travel the world as a prolific and entertaining speaker. He has written many books and has changed the concept of how to support traumatized children. I love and have studied his work for years.
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One of our brave little girls managed to speak this morning in court and tell the magistrate – who was sensitive and caring and the prosecutor who arranged the furniture so she didn’t have to see the accused – what happened to her.
*Lacey has such a special place in the heart of Rafiki Mwema. She was the first child to arrive through our doors from the remand centre over 5 years ago, a malnourished baby girl, covered in cuts ringworm and sores. To say she was strong willed was an understatement – she was bossy, cross and controlling – and I fell in love with her within 2 minutes! I’d love to say the feeling was returned but it most certainly wasn’t! She told me later that her village told her that white people captured small children and cooked them – so sensibly she refused to eat so I would cook another child! No wonder she was stressed!
Yesterday, yet again, the internet joined forces to really help our amazing children at Rafiki Mwema. It was a day when some incredible lovely strong women saw the need of another and joined in to help. It was a day we added a little more to our dream of safety and security for our Rafiki
4 little boys who we met on the streets yesterday have now joined our family. We simply couldn't leave them there in the pouring rain. We believe they are aged from 5 to 9 years old only and have lived on the streets for years. Our big boys have all agreed that we take them
Empowering Resources (Naomi Hunter) and Rafiki Mwema are joining forces to raise funds to create a bilingual Swahili / English copy of A Secret Safe to Tell, by Naomi Hunter. We have commissioned a Kenyan artist to recreate the images with an African basis providing a book that will nurture, educate and empower kids from Kenya
Anne Marie was interviewed by Kidspot for this article in response to the four corners program: Australia's Shame. Here is what she had to say, in full: Having watched the Four Corners report I am immediately struck by the similarities between the experience the young men in the shocking and sickening television documentary and those
There are so many things that happen on a daily basis in our therapeutic houses that are just part of life but sometimes we look back and think - wow - that is huge! Recently, in a weekly group meeting in one of our boys houses, a boy who had really struggled to leave the
Thank you so much to everyone who donated to buying our big girls the items they so desperately needed. They have all purchased their items on a big shopping trip to town. You can imagine the excitement.. Because of you. We cannot do it without your help and you certainly helped! Thank you for helping
He lived with his Mum who was a working lady and he was abducted by a street man and imprisoned when he was only 8 years old. He endured hell and when he eventually escaped was sent to an orphanage for his care and protection before going to court. This orphanage didn't understand the trauma
Picture our little one, spending her days and nights away from any form of safety at all. The mud that stuck to her body as the rains passed through. The rancid smell of the many men that forced her to believe she should have sex with them. Her ‘smile’ was saved for the many many
Our sweet *Lola who lives with the big girls (who all now attend school outside RM) was also wanting to go to school but unfortunately, She isn’t ready, it would destroy her. Her trauma is so great it would re-traumatise her, so we have set her up with a therapeutic individual education plan. ????
We question how any man or woman could subject innocent children to the abuse we encounter on a daily basis? We question the sanity of some people in the villages who blame the girls for what has happened to them? We question why they would hide and protect pedophiles and risk more young children? We