When Ndanu Njeri’s mother passed away, the little girl’s life was thrown into a state of uncertainty.<--more--> As a result, Ndanu was registered as a sponsored beneficiary at a child development center in Sultan Hamud, Kenya.
To prevent separation from her siblings the church opted to support Ndanu from her home. And so as a teenager, her elder brother became the primary caregiver.
Through the Highly Vulnerable Children fund, Ndanu and her siblings received food rations, bedding and clothing. The project also ensured Ndanu’s enrollment into pre-school and provided her with the necessary supplies.
All seemed to be well until someone reported that the brother had been neglecting to care for his siblings. The project and the church went back to the drawing board.
“Miraculously, someone told us about Ndanu’s uncle who lived nearby. When we approached him, he graciously accepted to take her in,” said Margaret, project director.
And so Ndanu and her siblings were placed under the care of their uncle Pius, a hard-working, yet struggling peasant farmer, and his wife Margaret.
Despite his daily challenge to provide for his large family of eight, Pius and his wife Margaret have taken in Ndanu and her siblings, as well as two other orphans from the community.
“I wanted to help these children after my sister passed away. I did not know where the resources would come from. But I could not let them go without care, food and a chance to have an education,” he said.
This kindness has left an indelible mark on Ndanu’s heart. Through the love of her uncle and aunt, Ndanu has come to believe that God does indeed care for her.
Ndanu speaks highly of her uncle: “I may not know my earthly father, but I am comforted by the fact that I know my Father in heaven.”
At the Compassion project, Ndanu has found an environment where she can thrive. She has a mentor and friend in her sponsor Wayne Newton from the United States and counselors in her teachers Margaret and Eunice.
Eunice has marveled at how well Ndanu has blossomed under the care of her uncle. “She is no longer the tiny and frail girl we enrolled,” she says.
Ndanu may not have been raised by her parents, but she has been nurtured through the love and care of her uncle, her teachers and her sponsor.