LOVING ON THE LITTLES - KENYA TRIP - APRIL 2019
By Ronda Hilman
I have been home for a week and I have finally had some time to put together an update of our trip. It was amazing on every level! I am so thankful for each of you who donated and helped us do all that we were able to do!! We are waiting for pictures on two of the projects...The reusable feminine hygiene product distribution will take place on Saturday, May 25th, and the chickens have not been purchased yet but I will post pictures as soon as I get pictures from both!! My heart is so full...God is so good!!
KENYA 2019 PHOTOS
KENYA 2019 PHOTOS
Brian's Trip happened!! He was able to travel with his house momma, Natalya Bondar and bestie, Polycarp. All of the pictures and videos, taken during the flight showed smiles like this. Brian was able to be seen by two specialist while he was in Nairobi. He was diagnosed with a disease that is not treatable with an antibiotic or anti parasite medicine. It is called Milroy disease. It may be able to be treated by surgery. We (Natalya, Bishop Munai (his guardian and I) decided that we wanted to have him treated in the US. He has not had good luck with surgeries in Kenya. So we are moving forward with paperwork for a Passport, Visa and a doctor to treat him here!!
Polycarp loved the food, spoiling and special time! He wasn't one of 30+ and his joy was so evident!
The sweetest boys you will ever meet in there new hats!!
They visited Nairobi Animal Orphanage..Natalya got to hold a baby lion!!
Brian heard me talking about seeing a lion on our safari and said, "I want to see a lion." He got to see many the next day.
Church in South B..Natalya is so amazing and gives so much to the over 30 little ones she oversees at Bakura Rehema Home.
When our good friend, Bishop Munai introduced Brian to his congregation that Sunday morning. He shared how Brian had a dream to fly and it had happened. Did Brian have any other wishes that someone in is church could make happen? Brian said he would like a bike...someone in the church gave the funds for Brian to get a bike!! What a happy boy...He did say he was not ready to go back to the orphanage on Sunday night...I think the bike helped!!
Oh, Brian, may you be given the strength and courage to face the challenges that lay ahead of you! You are in my prayers!
Baby Box Distribution at my son Titus' church!! With your help we were able to purchase and distribute 30 boxes! The boxes were given to women and girls who were either pregnant or had newborn infants, from a slum near the church.
My favorite part, seeing the beautiful faces of the newborns and their mommas. I am joined by Lucy, who has founded this program of providing boxes filled with items to help lower death rate of infants in the slums.
Some of the momma's were so young, still in their teens! It was a little heartbreaking! So many find themselves the victims of rape, incest or poverty driven prostitution. I loved that a church extended love and provision, they also received training on infant care, earlier in the morning.
Toto Care Box was inspired by the Finnish government that sends moms home from the hospital with baby boxes. The founders were so excited to hear I was Finnish and knew people in Finland!
The box includes a waterproof mattress, sheet, mosquito netting some cloth diapers, soap, a water filter, a baby wrap and health care items. Kickee Pants donated blankets, a little outfit, hats and bibs for each box.
Here is a little baby trying out the box and momma is learning about the mosquito netting! I just wanna kiss those sweet little cheeks...
Mommas getting their boxes from Lucy...felt so blessed to be a apart of this early Mother's Day gift for each of them! That is my Bravin sitting next to me...many of you will remember him as the sweet little 5 year old that hardly left my side when we lived there. He is 12, is being raised by his big brother, my son Newton, but doesn't go too far from my side when I am there.
Our team with Titus an Associate Pastor, his Pastor, the founders of Toto Care Boxes. Adam and Natasha who were so much fun to have with us and they loved on every one they met! (BTW isn't my son handsome?)
Two beauties from Bukura Rehema Home in their Kickee Pants dresses!!
A little dolly in her Kickee Pants dress♥
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I have shared how Bukura Children's Home takes in abandoned babies. Yesterday this little beauty arrived, Ashley Rose was only 3 days old!! Given up for many reasons but loved and taken care of by Natalya and the others who work there. The cost to feed, clothe and diapers these little ones comes from donations. The home struggles to pay all of it's costs, sometimes workers go without pay, power bills can't be paid and it is tough to keep the school age ones in uniforms. Feel free to contact me if you would like to help.
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