NLN September 2023

New Life Nyambene is committed to creating a better future for some of the most disadvantaged and stigmatised children in Africa. Our mission is to rescue and rehabilitate abandoned street children in Kenya and to give them the educational opportunities that are their best chance of escaping destitution.

Back to Kenya!

Founder Miriam Westendarp has recently returned from Kenya and says, “It is a delight to show you up-to-date pictures of the children and young people we love and care for”.

Firstly, there are two more.  Look!

Meet Tabitha

Tabby was spending every night outside.  Seven children slept in shifts on one bed, and Tabby, age 10, was turned out at night onto a back street full of danger.  She was badly malnourished, had not been to school for three years, was in nightly danger of physical harm and our medical examination reported that she had Amebiasis – an amoebic parasitic infestation.

Look at her now! She is happy and bright and attending an excellent private primary school.

Meet Franklin Mwendia

Franklin, age 9, has been referred to us by the community Chief, who was concerned that he was starving and  sleeping out under the banana trees.  His mother died and  his father was sentenced to death for shooting to kill.  None of his three siblings shares the same father. Frankline’s only uncle slashed him with a knife when he asked for food.  He joins the same school as Tabby in Grade 2.

Their physical starvation is nothing compared with their starvation of love. It is not a quick fix to save a child.

We are so glad to welcome them.


We are looking for a fundraiser. Our costs increase, and we cannot let our children down. If you think you can help us, please contact

Fridah Kaweria

Miriam was there for over a fortnight this time, which enabled her to spend good, quality time with each of the children, get to know them individually and to begin to speak into the troubles and traumas that understandably still dog some of them.  She was able to reassure them and encourage them by our – and your – faithfulness, that they are safe to begin to trust again and to look towards their own futures with hope.

Leaving for the new term: Sylvia Mwendwa, Grade 5  St  John’s Primary; Roy Muriki Grade 7 St Paul’s Junior Secondary.

Open Day at Chogoria Boys’ High School, where Kelvin Mugendi is in his final year.

Mark Muriira arrives at Chukka University to begin his degree in Science for Education, and Benson Mwangi and Elosy Mwendwa receive their Artisan certificates for Plumbing and Fashion Design.

“Your faithfulness as donors and sponsors is at the root of all the goodness that flows towards these young people, and I cannot stress enough how grateful the trustees and I are for the steadfastness with which you continue to give, month in and month out, some of you for many years.
You are life-savers and life changers; hope-bringers and future-builders. I felt it strongly this visit, and was conscious of my gratitude becoming increasingly profound as I watched the transformation in lives that could well have otherwise ended tragically.”

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There is also news of our older alumni, who are doing well.  From the right, Patrick Mwenda, Brenda Kinya, Martin  Kinua, and Joy Waithera at the head of the table.  Project Manager Martha sits on Miriam’s right.

For those of you who have memories of these two over the years, our lovely news is that Patrick Mwenda, our clinical officer who came to us at 3 years old, is engaged to be married to Velma.  They met on the same medical course in Nairobi.
Winifred Kathambi, former street child, came to visit with her little son.  She is happily married to another teacher, they also own a goat farm on his parents’ land, and are both employed in good schools.

Look at them! Who dares to say that children from the street are too difficult to save?

The Big Give Christmas Challenge 2023 is coming up soon.

This will be your opportunity to show your support for street children and have your donations doubled. We will keep you posted.

In late November, NLN will again be taking part in the Big Give Christmas Challenge.

Donations made between 28 November and 5 December 2023 will be doubled!
Last year we raised £13,709 and we are hoping to do so again this year.  If you are able to assist, please make a note in your diary.
Further information on how to donate will be provided in early November.

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