Thursday, 10 March 2016

Sadness to smiles for new arrivals

What a difference a couple of hours makes.
Yesterday morning,  Esther and Alpha came to us frightened and unsure of themselves and a few hours later they were happy, smiling and showing off in their nice new clothes.
Arriving at Happy House was scary for Esther, five, and Alpha , four, who were coming to a place so very different from anything they have known before.
Everyone rallied to make them feel at home and welcome. 
Auntie Rose and Auntie Jessie were on hand to meet them while Auntie Velma was busy sorting out clothes, baths for the little ones.
They have been referred by Malindi child protection office which has identified them as being in need of care and protection. 
Their mum had left them locked in a room while she went into Malindi, on her way home she was involved in an accident and is being treated for critical injuries in Malindi Hospital.
The details surrounding her leaving them in that way are very scant and it was thanks to a well-wisher that the children were rescued and brought into care.
Alpha has a bad cough, and Esther a skin complaint so a trip to the doctor was organised straight away.
Now they are safe in our care they will soon find themselves among friends and enjoying family and school life at Happy House.
And we will be here for them for just as long as they need.