Our outreach program is critical to ensuring our children’s safety and wellbeing. Your sponsorship helps us to reconnect our children to their families and ensure that they remain safe once they have returned home.
We recently took Poet for a home visit to see her loved ones. This is always such an exciting day for our children as they are told about who will be going on a home visit 1 -2 weeks prior to the day and they anxiously wait for this day to arrive.
We want to share the report with you that was submitted by our outreach team following Poet’s visit. Please know that we remove any identifying features and any other information that is not needed in respect of their privacy/dignity.
We will leave it in the writing of our Kenyan staff as we believe this is a very important part of the correspondence.
Kenyan Team Report
Poet enjoyed her visit. The grandmother was eagerly awaiting her at the stage (public transport area). She was really excited seeing her and you could tell by how she embraced her. This made Poet feel so special. On our way to the house, we met with her biological, father hawking sugarcanes. The grandmother introduced Poet to the father. They shook hands and given a sugarcane. The father promised to buy her a new dress during the next visit. This sounded awesome and she couldn’t stop smiling. She talked with a lot of excitement how her father resembles uncle Bubah (one of our staff members), and how generous he is. Upon arrival at home, the grandmother had prepared delicacies for her. She tells the grandma that she really wishes that the court processes hasten and permit her go back home. She says that she misses her siblings so much. Moreover, she says that she want to keep her hair and doesn’t want to shave her hair again. The mother came later arrived. Poet was really happy and narrated how the dad had bought her a very very big sugarcane, comparing it with the size of the house. The way Poet demonstrated this with a lot of excitement, was clear that this gesture excited her. She had great time chatting with the mother, asking and answering questions from both the grandmother and the mother, on how her siblings are fairing back in the village . Playing games and taking photos on grandmother’s mobile phone was another moment of excitement. The liberty to use the phone without restrictions lightened her day even more. The visit ended on a very high note whereby Poet was bought some goodies to bring to her friends back at RM. She felt special as she would be a centre of attention to everyone back at the farm.
How is the Child when leaving the visit?
The child was happy for the kind gesture both the mother and the grandmother demonstrated. The gifts she carried was another source of joy and was eagerly waiting to arrive at the farm.
Travelling back to Rafiki:
Poet had a lot of stories, reflecting the good memories she had and looking forward towards arrival at the farm, so that she could share the goodies she had. We arrived safely at the farm
Poet is dearly loved and cherished by both her mother and grandmother. It’s so fulfilling to see how there is huge attachment among the family members. They are ready to sacrifice their resources to see to it that she is happy. They are also looking forward towards her exit.