We’ve gotten a bit behind on our introductions of new kids at Precious Kids Center. We grew so fast and things got hectic so we have many new friends that have yet to be introduced. Stay tuned for more posts introducing all of our new precious ones.
A visiting team told me that there was a child in a nearby slum that I had to meet. So I drove out to meet Jennifer. When I got there I knew that she would greatly benefit from moving to the center. Their family lived in a house constructed from plastic bags and other bits of trash that they could find.
Jennifer is nine years old and has cerebral palsy, autism and cannot speak. When she came she could stand independently, and she is starting to become more confident and taking more and more steps on her own. She loves making her way outside to soak up the sun and can usually be found laughing or giggling alongside the other kids.
I got a call about a child in a desperate situation and went to meet Arnold. The neighbors had found his mother during an attempt to commit suicide because she was so overwhelmed. Her new husband does not accept Arnold and it was placing a lot of stress on his mother, so we decided that it would be best for Arnold to move to PKC.
He is a bundle of energy and is rarely found sitting down. One of his favorite activities is to run full speed from one end of the field to the other with his shirt over his head. He has autism and is non verbal, but he understands everything that is going on. If he sees one of the house moms doing something he will quietly observe and instantly jump in when they move on to the next activity. He has made some huge progress in his behavior issues since moving in and we love having this little firecracker as part of our family.
There is a clinic that brings orthopedic doctors to Kitale every other month to check on patients. We had brought several kids to the clinic that day, but I couldn’t keep my eyes off of this one mother with one little boy tied to her back and another young baby she was holding in her arms. It was clear that they were a very needy family, but she was trying her best to help her son. We finished up with our kids and I ran back in to introduce myself. I told her a little bit about Precious Kids Center and she instantly told me that she had really come in hopes of finding a school for her son.
So we scheduled a home visit and ended up bringing Isaiah back with us that day. He is the sweetest ten year old boy with cerebral palsy. He crawls all around the compound, but is not yet able to walk. He also cannot speak, but he has the sweetest smile. He has gained a lot of weight and strength since coming to PKC and we are looking forward to see what the future holds for him.