Happy Watoto – Happy children

Focus on the child

The children always play the most important role at the Good Hope Centre. There are about 160 half-orphans, full-orphans and traumatised children living in our homes in Kikatiti and Ngorika who need help to escape the cycle of poverty, illness or violence from their previous living situation. Every time parents or village leaders come to us and ask us to take in a child, our social workers check the family circumstances. Children who are admitted to the home are usually cases who lack any possibility of remaining in their family environment – be it due to a lack of relatives or their poverty. We also make sure that siblings are admitted together.

Once a child is admitted, we lovingly take care of their accommodation, nutrition, medical care, upbringing and education. In our community, the children grow up in an environment that enables them to find their feet and develop sustainable, viable personalities until the end of their school years. We therefore make it a point to keep the turnover of children and caregivers as low as possible and to allow friendships and responsibilities to grow and be taken into life. Let yourself be inspired by some of the life stories of our children.

Please note

To protect the identity and welfare of the children, we do not publish their real names or pictures. The children’s stories and experiences published here have not been altered.

Simeon

7

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Simeon has five siblings, and his parents are separated.

Emelia

Age: 14

Class: 7

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Emelia was placed in a church by her mother the day after she was born.

Cody

Age: 14

Class: 7

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Cody’s parents are separated, and he lived with his mother and two siblings in very poor circumstances.

Jake

Age: 10

Class: 4

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Jake was placed in the “Babyhome” just three days after birth.

Jaylon

7

2

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Jaylon’s mother was only 15 years old when he was born.

Isabelle

Age: 9

Class: 3

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Isabelle’s mother was a housemaid and had an affair with the man she worked for.