Meet John, Josephine and Sammy Odhiambo

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.

John

We met John after getting a call from a social worker in a town about four hours away called Naivasha. He had been abandoned in the night and was found roaming around the busy town in the morning. He had been taken to a rescue center, where children are able to get temporary refuge after being lost or abandoned. They had trouble finding him a placement because of his disabilities, but we fell in love with John the instant that we saw him.

John on the first day we met him.

He was seven years old when he came to us in 2016 and we have now enjoyed the past two years with him. He has the absolute sweetest personality and loves to laugh. He can only say a few words, but he can walk independently, but has some vision impairments so he feels more comfortable having someone hold his hand to walk him around. The other kids take turns walking him to and from class everyday.

We love our sweet John!

 

Josephine

One of my friends called me up one day and told me that she had a child that she wanted us to go see. We got out of the car and saw Josephine playing in the dirt outside of her grandmother’s house. We learned that her mother was only 15 years old when she was born and she ran away immediately after Josephine was born. Her grandmother, who is often ill, was left to care for this energetic little girl on her own. Josephine has a dual diagnoses of Down Syndrome and Autism. We originally tried putting Josephine in a local school, but quickly realized that it was not a good fit for her and brought her to Precious Kids Center.

Josephine at her previous school

During her time with us she has grown so much and can now say about 15 words. She is making great improvements and she keeps us laughing.

Samuel

Samuel was found living with his grandfather and the local children’s officer told us to pay him a visit. His grandmother had died a few years before, leaving the two of them to fend for themselves after his mother had abandoned him. His grandfather was doing the best with what he had, but was struggling to provide for all of his needs. His little feet were covered in jiggers when we took him in and he was malnourished as well.

Samuel and his grandfather

Samuel was born with severe Autism and has many developmental delays. He is unable to walk or talk and needs to be fed. He doesn’t like to be touched much, but will smile at you from across the room. He also has epilepsy and we were able to get him medication to help keep his seizures under control. Samuel’s health has greatly improved since he came to live at PKC and we love having him around.

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