Speech to UK supporters by Pastor Ambrose, Kenyan manager of the Children's Home

To our trustees, sponsors and supporters, ladies and gentlemen:

I bring to you many greetings from the children who stay at the Maua Street and Destitute Children’s Home.

Secondly I want to bring many greetings from my wife Rebecca and children, and thirdly, I bring to you many greetings from our Maua Children’s Home staff.

Dear trustees, sponsors, supporters and well-wishers, I had very much wanted to meet you face to face before and tried two times but I was not able. However, at this third one we have succeeded. For all those times I had wanted to see you for three main reasons.

Now we have met, I take this wonderful opportunity to thank each of you for your contribution, support and sacrifice you are giving to this important work of rescuing children from the street.

Our dear sponsors, I am happy to inform you that we have 36 children in the home, 16 boys and 20 girls, who are very well catered for. All of them are in school. Two of them, Peter and Gerald, completed their Secondary (High) education last year. Gerald will be going to University next year and Peter will be joining a college. One of our boys, Patrick, is in a Polytechnic doing Driving and Mechanics. One girl, Cecilia Karimi is in a Secondary (High) School in Form I. This year, 9 of our children will complete Primary education and do their Kenya Primary Education Examination, which will determine who will be joining High School and who will be joining Polytechnic next year.

Children who were in class 8 in 2010

Gladly, one of our girls was leading in her class of last term.

Next year, 2011, a number of 11 children will be completing Primary education and either join High School or Polytechnic [vocational training colleges].

Children who will be in Class 8 in 2011

All the children are very healthy, with good food, good school uniforms and home clothes, sleeping well and having clean piped water. They receive a wonderful love from the team of our 5 workers, namely the Cook, Matron, Watchman, Secretary and the Pastor who teaches them good moral behaviour.

Coming back to your children, some of you may ask, why is it that some boys have taken a long time to complete Primary education? Here are two reasons for that:

Some boys before they came to the streets, they were in school, but when their parents died (mostly of AIDS) they dropped out from school and came into the streets, so when they joined the home they started in the classes which they had left.

Some of our children are slow learners because their brains had already been affected by the glue that they were sniffing, and they are forced to repeat some classes twice or even three times so as to catch up with others. This is the same for our girls, some were in school before their parents died, and then they dropped out from school and came into the street. Don’t forget that girls who are in the streets also sniff glue.

I am working with a staff of 5 people who are really devoted and who love their work and who love those children as their own children.

Our staff is really committed to their work and I want to thank the sponsors who support the paying of the home staff. This is because if there is no staff the home cannot run. Thank you very much for your support. At present our workers are earning £40 a month each.

As most of you know, from the year 2000 the Maua Street and Destitute Children’s Home, because of your support, has grown from nothing to a big home, and because of your support we now have 2 dormitories, one for boys and another for girls, a dining hall, a kitchen, 3 latrines (toilets), 3 bathrooms and an office; and the children have clean piped water, light from solar panels and they have mosquito nets to prevent them from getting malaria.

On the Exit Programme, I am deeply thinking on how these children can be self-reliant going out of the home. This is because I feel good if they go out of the home with some training skills like carpentry, tailoring, shoe-making or hairdressing for their future sustainability and self-reliance.

According to our law, a child is somebody who is under 18 years, unless he/she is in Primary education. This means that in January 2011 we shall have 13 vacant beds in the home. This is because 9 children will either join Secondary or Polytechnic. I will have to find their relatives or good people who will keep these children there until they complete their Secondary or Polytechnic education; but still we shall have to buy them food and clothes and pay all their school needs. That means now in January 2011 we shall be able to rescue another 13 children from the street. In Maua town there are about 100 street children and they always come to seek help from me but I cannot give it. I always feel kind to them because they are dirty, hungry and with no clothes. Girls in the streets practice child prostitution and often they are raped at night. The life in the streets at night is horrible.

To conclude, I once again want to thank the trustees, the sponsors, our supporters and well-wishers for sacrificing their precious time to attend this garden party today, despite your busy schedules of work. I would also like to thank Gill and Martin for accepting me to have this meeting in their home and lastly but not least, I would like to thank Miriam and Charles for organizing this garden party for us today.

In general I say a very big thank you to you all. I will be going back to Kenya on Thursday 30th September. If you have any questions now, please feel free to ask me and I will be very pleased to answer you.

ON BEHALF OF THE CHILDREN AND STAFF AT THE MAUA STREET AND DESTITUTE CHILDREN’S HOME, I SAY THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR SUPPORT AND SPONSORSHIP.

THANK YOU!

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