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Kids Profiles

Annet

Tribal Group
Luhya

Background

Annet was living with her mother and 2 younger siblings in the Kangaware Slum when African LEAF came to know about her. During the daytime the children were often unattended as the mother had to go out for work leaving the kids on their own. Her father had left the family to return to his first wife and children. The mother agreed for African LEAF to move Annet to the Rudolf Steiner school in 2006 when she was seven years of age.

Annet knows from experience that her mum has a hard life and she regards her education as a way to improve her own life but also with the intention to be able to help her mum in the future.

About Annet

Annet is very shy in terms of speaking in English, or generally being around grown-ups. But when she was at the Steiner school she did not seem to be shy with the other kids and her peers but rather seemed to be very much in control of them, advising them and leading them. She stood her ground with the boys who tried to exclude the girls from playing soccer with them. So Annet can be quite determined and strong and she has become a good soccer player. She is very athletic and loves dancing and singing.

Annet has successfully finished her high school certificate at Enna Girls High School at the end of 2018. In the following year she started a business management course at the Diakonia Institute in Nairobi. Presently she is enrolled in the second year of her course. Annet reported that she is doing well in her studies at the Institute and that she likes the campus and the atmosphere there and enjoys her opportunity to learn how to run a business. She currently is still living with her mother

Find out about the Luhya tribe.

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Brian

Tribal Group: LUHYA

Background

Nothing is known of Brian’s mother, except that she died in the family home from complications in a pregnancy. His father suffers from mental illness and is an alcoholic and does not care for any of his children. Brian has an older sister, Sheila, who is also in the African LEAF program.  Brian and Sheila survived in the slum of Kawangwareangware in Nairobi for many years before African Leaf took them in in 2004

 

About Brian

After we took him away from the slum we boarded him at the Mbaghati Steiner School, together with his sister Sheila. That school became their home and Brian did really well there considering that he had no former schooling.  The Steiner School only goes up to year nine and the kids can’t finish their high school years there so Brian went to high school and completed his studies there three years ago.

He has now completed a course in Tourism and Tourist Management at Kenyatta University and will start an internship at Masai Lodge for four months. He is very much looking forward to that experience and keen to become independent and self-sufficient.

Brian loves to listen to stories and is a great storyteller himself.   His hobbies are drama, football and table tennis.

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Brightlight

Tribal Group
Luo

Background

Brightlight’s father died before she was born and her mother died when she was one.   She has no siblings, the only sibling died at the age of one and a half.   She was living with her aunt and uncle and two older cousins in the Kawangware Slum before being sponsored by African LEAF. Their house is two rooms, one small and one medium. The house is made of iron sheet walls, concrete floor, no sealing board on the roof, with simple sofa sets, one bed, cupboard, coffee table, radio, water containers The toilets are outside and shared.

Her aunt is a casual worker who sews clothes and her uncle is a casual carpenter. The aunt who has medical problems does not know what caused the death of Brightlight’s parents.

About Brightlight

Brightlight is 15 years old now and has completed her education at the Rudolf Steiner Farm School which she joined in January 2010. Bright has just started her first term at High School. It is called the Kiseryan Girl Senior Academy and two other African Leaf teenagers from Steiner are boarding with her at the same school.

She is a serious child but it is lovely to see how she has become more open and she warms up to anyone who gives her some affection and attention. She is quite bright, just like her name indicates and always keen to learn things, to get involved and to help organizing things. She loves drawing, singing and maths. Considering what a hard start Brightlight has had in her life it is astounding how resilient and strong she is. Already at this young age one can sense her determination to make good of her new good life.


Christine

Tribal Group: MKISIIi

Background

We don’t have much information about Christine’s background.   We know that her father is deceased but we’re not sure about her mother.  She was living with a middle-aged guardian and her husband along with 5 other children ranging in age from 2.1/2 to 20 years.

Christine has finished Steiner with top marks and is in her second year at the Mt Carmel Girls Secondary School near Ngong. It is a highly sought after academic school where she will now finish the last 3years of high school.

About Christine

Christine is a very bright kid who loves learning.  Her English is excellent, she is polite and attentive and she has self-confidence. If she needs something she will speak up and ask for it which is rare amongst the kids as they are usually a bit shy to ask for something. And she will also speak up for other children not just for herself.  Christine loves sport, especially swimming, and music. Her ambition is to become a doctor. She finished at the Steiner school with top marks is now in form two at a highly academically rated High School near Ngong called Mt Carmel Convent Girls Secondary School. It is a strict school but Christine gets along well with the teachers and does well in her studies.

 

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Diana

Tribal Group Meru

Background

Diana’s mother, who has a severe drinking problem, left her children in the house to fend for themselves, sometimes for up to 3 weeks at a time. The neighbours had asked a Community Health Worker to assess the situation as they were having to feed the children due to the mother’s neglect. African LEAF became involved when Diana fell into the fire within the house and had a bad burn to her arm which her mother knew about, but did not seek medical attention. Diana and her brother, Kiki, were wandering the streets, with Diana very weak and in tremendous pain. African LEAF organised for Diana to get medical assistance and then she and Kiki were moved to the Steiner Farm School where they joined the African LEAF Child Program. Being only 2½ at the time, Diana could not board at the Farm School so she was housed (together with Junior) in a little house on the school grounds.  The house and a carer were paid for by African LEAF until both could be enrolled in the Kindergarten at the Steiner School as a weekly boarder at age 4.

About Diana

Diana has progressed very well and has been identified as a gifted child. Last year she moved from the Steiner School to the Kiseryan Girls Senior Academy where she is a boarder . She said it was hard at first as she felt shy and knew no-one. But eventually she made friends and started enjoying being at that school. She is delighted that Brightlight and Purity have this year joined the same school. She absolutely adores music and dancing and has been blessed with an innate sense of rhythm. She breaks out into dance anywhere and anytime! Diana has a rather extraordinary personality for a Kenyan girl. She is outspoken, says what she feels, is outgoing, wanting to be a part and have a go at everything and she has a wicked sense of humour. Everyone just falls in love with her wherever she goes. There is something mature and dignified in her nature that has become more obvious as she now feels much more secure. Diana is strong and determined and she will do well in life now that she has been given a chance which is absolutely marvellous to see.

Find out about the Meru tribe.


Eugene

Tribal Group: LUHYA

Background

We knew Eugene from Saints of Hope, a kindergarten that we supported for many years in the Kawangware slum of Nairobi. His parents split up and he was was living with his dad and his step mother until his father died.  He found it very hard to get over the death of his father.  He couldn’t live with his mother who had remarried as, according to the custom of the Luhya tribe, the new husband does not acknowledge any children of his new wife from a previous marriage, relationship or encounter.  So Eugene went to live with his grandparents before being sponsored by LEAF.  During school holidays he goes up country to stay with his grandparents where his two older siblings live.

 

About Eugene

Eugene is now 15 years old. He has just completed his primary education at the Steiner School and has now begun his first year at a Secondary boarding school by the name of “ Apostles of Jesus Kiserian Junior Seminary”. He was very excited to start this new stage in his life and he was glad to have a former friend from Steiner at his new school. He is a great kid, so full of energy, curious, always to be found where things are happening and in the midst of it. He is constantly entertaining his friends and the rest of the school! He loves playing games and plays until he drops. He is cheerful and a fantastic dancer. Music is in his blood. He loves any visitors from overseas and will never be far from you always ready to organize things or help with something. Apart from dancing he loves, singing, drawing and reading stories. When he leaves school he dreams of being an acrobat in a circus.

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Faith

Tribal Group: Kamba

Background

Faith and her brother Junior were abandoned by their extremely desperate mother and had been taken in and were living with another family in the village of Mitaboni, near Machakos. But like so many dependants living in poverty they became bottom of the food chain in this household. Faith was underweight, beginning to show signs of malnutrition; she was filthy and wearing soiled clothing, no underpants and no shoes. Faith was being used as a work slave to do all the chores around the household while the other children played.

About Faith

Faith was very shy when she joined the boarding at the Steiner farm school but she came out of her shell and she is a very loving and caring child, in many ways way beyond her young years. She always took great pleasure in helping out at the boarding with the younger kids. These younger kids were hanging around her because she loved them, and really cared for them like a mother. But that is what she has always done for her younger brother Junior whom she adores. She always cared for him like a mother because their mother was not there. She has been a very studious girl, never giving her teachers any trouble. To the great joy of the African Leaf supporters who have visited Kenya, she readily converses in English and was very proud to show you around the Steiner school when she was boarding there. Faith has always been is also very good at plaiting hair and the girls at school lined up for her to do it.

She has now completed her high school education and is keen to learn the ropes as a beautician. She is currently looking for a 6 to 8 months course to learn those skills, which will enable her to provide a living for herself. But after achieving that, her goal is to study to become a nurse. She is excited about it all and will no doubt fulfil her dream as she is very determined.

Find out about the Kamba tribe.

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Junior

Tribal Group Kamba

Background

Please refer to Faith’s profile for details of family situation. When first seen by African LEAF, Junior was having trouble standing up, his legs were swaying and he appeared to be very weak. His clothes were filthy and were hanging off him. There was a piece of cord tied around his waist to hold up his shredded trousers, his feet were bare and dirty.  He weighed nothing, had a huge bloated belly, his rib cage was sticking out, he had baggy skin around his neck and arms, his eyes were yellow and he had bad fluoride damage to his milk teeth.  He was too young to board at the Farm School so he was housed (together with Diana) in a little house on the school grounds.  The house and a carer were paid for by African LEAF until both could be enrolled in the Kindergarten at the Steiner School as a weekly boarder at age 4.

About Junior

Junior is now in his second year of high school. His school is called the “Maasai Group of Schools”, in Ngong, and he is a boarder there. He is such a lovely boy. You would not recognise him from those former hard years in his life. He is very polite and attentive when you talk to him always happy to help if you need something done. He is full of joy and has many friends because of his gentle nature. It is very fortunate that one of the Steiner school teachers takes Junior and his sister home to her farm in the country side where they spend their holidays. This farm is close to their original home and Rose, the teacher makes sure that the kids still keep in contact with some of their relatives. Junior loves the farm and he helps tending to the cattle that need to be taken out to pasture every day for grazing. When he smiles at you everything in your heart lights up! It is a shy smile but also a happy one. Junior wants to be a driver when he grows up as he loves cars. Take him on a drive up the road and you make his day.

Find out about the Kamba tribe.


Ketty

Tribal Group: Luhya

Background

Both of Ketty’s parents were alive when she was moved from the Kangaware Slum to the Steiner School. She has one older brother and one younger sister. Her mother died six years ago and her sister Purity was sponsored by African LEAF so that she could join Ketty at the Steiner School. Her father is an alcoholic and her brother is violent and it is not safe for the girls to stay at home. They have supervised visits at their father’s home since the mother died. During the holidays they stay with a foster family.

 

About Ketty

Ketty left high school last year and was taking a computer course to prepare for her future but shortly before completion, her study was suspended by the birth of her son, Paul K. Ketty now lives with her partner Simon and his family on a farm near Ngong and is a wonderful, happy mum. When the baby turns one, Ketty is set to do a baker’s course and learn that trade. She is super-keen to get started and has a passion for baking.

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Kiki

Tribal Group Meru

Background

Kiki is eighteen years old . He has been sponsored by African LEAF for the last 10 years.  He and his sister Diana were taken care of by LEAF after they had been locked up in a shack in the slum for 3 days without food. It was in the wintertime and Kiki tried to make a fire. His three year old sister was badly burned. The children screamed and got attention from the neighbours. The mother is mentally unstable and has no interest in the children. He never sees her or his father.  During the holidays he stays in the slum with an aunt where six people share one room.  They have have to go out to get water as there is no running water.

About Kiki

When at the Steiner School, Kiki took on the role of stepping up as a responsible person for the other AL children when our oldest boy, Brian left the school. He really matured, sharing his small possessions with others, giving advice to the smaller children and looking after them. He is very popular also because of his good humour and easy going nature and because he respects other kids and people. He is a delightful person who is interested in the world. Kiki has now completed 4 years at high school and has started a course at a technical college to become an electrician. His course will take 1.5 years for him to finish and he is very excited about it.

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Lincoln

Tribal Group Kikuyu

Background

Lincoln is a Kikuyu from the Mount Kenya area, North East of Nairobi. His Mother was murdered by his father, a drug addict, who was jailed for life and no-one knows whether the father is still alive.   He is an only child.   He was living with an aunt in a shack in the Kawengwari slum.  The aunt was not in a stable condition and not making enough money selling vegetables to take care of Lincoln.

About Lincoln

Lincoln was taken into sponsorship by African Leaf and boarded at the Mbagathi Steiner School until he left to attend high school by the name of “Kikuyu Boys High School” where he is now in his fourth and last year of High School. He is doing really well in his studies. Lincoln is an extremely gentle and likeable person and is loved by all. He has a good command of both spoken and written English.  He is a good swimmer with lots of enthusiasm to learn new skills and he just likes and is good at any sport.  In a letter to his sponsor, he says that he wants to be a scientist and an actor.  He used to be very shy and it would take him a while to open up. Nowadays he is much more confident and outgoing. He loves soccer and spends as much time as possible out there on the fields with his friends kicking the ball. He has no siblings and used to stay with his grand-mother during the holidays. But now he stays with an aunt near Nairobi and her family who have children around his age. He feels very much at home with the aunt’s family and it has really improved his sense of belonging and he seems much happier in himself.

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Lucky Moses

Background

Lucky was the result of his mother being raped.   She eventually went to a health clinic seeking advice on how to obtain an abortion. Because the pregnancy was about 6 months along, she was counselled to continue with the pregnancy and then place the baby for adoption. After discussing it over 3 days, she decided to continue with the pregnancy, as long as she could get support.  African LEAF was notified of the situation and agreed to take over the care of the baby, after delivery.   He was born on 4/8/07 and the health care staff named him Lucky Moses. The mother remained insistent that she didn’t want to keep the baby, thus she surrendered him before the Children’s Officer – Administrative chief, Riruta Health Care staff member Jane Njogu who subsequently has taken Lucky into care herself under the sponsorship of African LEAF.

About Lucky Moses

Lucky is 13 years old now (he shares Barack Obama’s birthday) and he is still under the loving care of Jane and her family who will never give him up and regard him as their own. Jane’s two grown-up sons George and Isaac are most loved by Lucky as they spend a lot of time with him. So Lucky really was given the right name to be growing up in such a family. Lucky is a hyperactive child and is now attending a boarding school for children with special needs. He is an adorable boy, not shy at all, playful, yes and active! He does not have a care in the world and soaks up the love around him. He has a special talent for roller skating and he is brilliant with computer games.

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Patrick

Tribal Group: LUHYA

Background

It is not known who is Patrick’s father or if he is still alive.  His mother remarried a Luhya man and according to the custom of the Luhya tribe the new husband does not acknowledge any children of his new wife from a previous marriage, relationship or encounter. Due to this Patrick has very minimal contact with his mother.  Before being sponsored by African Leaf and relocated to the farm school, Patrick was living with his Grandmother and primary caregiver, Sarah.  Sarah, being old, was struggling to care for Patrick and make a living as

well.  They were living down in one of the worst areas in Kawangware in a tiny room with open sewers flowing outside the door. Patrick was extremely malnourished and weak and had a belly full of worms.

About Patrick

Patrick has come such a long way since we relocated him from Kawangware Slum to the Steiner Farm School. He is a very, energetic, outgoing and personable boy with a quirky disposition and his good sense of humour have helped him to make many friends. But Patrick also has a serious and caring nature. He listens to you and thinks about what you are saying. Whenever you need his help it is forthcoming with a smile and great commitment. He is a lovely young man and enjoys taking responsibility for the smaller kids in the African Leaf ‘tribe’ stepping up like a big brother to help those who are smaller and more vulnerable than him. He loves board games, drawing, reading and his favourite game is football.
He is in his final year at Olkejuado High School and is studying very hard. He hopes to study Chemistry in the future, a subject he loves. He also plays for the school soccer team which plays at a very high standard and the team participates in school soccer tournaments around the state.
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Purity

Tribal Group: LUHYA

Background

Purity is Ketty’s younger sister and is sponsored by African LEAF after she lost her mother in 2013. It was not safe to leave her with the father who is an alcoholic. Also the father shares a room-shack with his 17 year old son who is violent and unstable. She has taken to the Steiner School like a duck to water and seems genuinely happy there.

About Purity

Purity is 15 years old and has now left the Steiner School together with Brightlight to attend the boarding Kiseryan Girls Senior Academy High School which Diana was already attending. She is a very bright child. Her English is very good and her English writing abilities for that age are quite amazing. She also loves drawing, dancing, singing, skipping and knitting. Her favourite subject at school is maths. Purity is Ketty’s sister who is now a mum and lives on her partner’s farm. During the school holidays this is also Purity’s new home. She loves staying there as she has been welcomed into Ketty’s extended family with open arms. And of course it is extra special for Purity to spend time with her gorgeous 9 month old nephew Paul K.

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Saumu

Tribal Group Kikuyu

Background

Saumu is sixteen years old and in her second year of high school. Both her parents are HIV positive. They were extremely ill when we took Saumu into our care and it looked as if they would not survive for too long. Fortunately they both responded very well to medical treatment. The father has a job to partly support his family which is a rare thing in Kenya. The mother is still sickly and can’t work.

About Saumu

SSaumu is a very capable girl and has good spoken and written English. She is always polite and ready to help her friends. Her favourite subjects are maths and swimming. She enjoys going home during the holidays to spend time with her family, 5 siblings and her parents who all sleep in one room. But she always loves to return to school and is determined to take the chance to make a better future for herself and her family. She is currently in her last year of high school and wants to be a banker when she leaves school.

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Sheila

Tribal Group Luhya

Background

Nothing is known of Sheila’s mother, except that she died in the family home from complications in a pregnancy. His father suffered from mental illness and was an alcoholic and did not care for any of his children and he passed away in 2012. She has a younger brother, Brian who is also in the African LEAF program.  Brian and Sheila survived in the slum of Kawangware in Nairobi for many years before African LEAF took them in in 2004

About Sheila

Sheila was an optimistic teenager. She worked hard throughout her studies and was never discouraged if her marks at school were not so good. She can be very funny and infectious with her good humour.
Sheila was the first of the African Leaf children to leave the Steiner School and move to high school which she finished at the end of 2014. She then began a course studying and training to do catering at St Joseph’s vocational training institute in Ngong town which she completed and she is now employed at Ololo tourist resort. She has a partner Barack and gave birth to a son two and a half years ago. She continues to work at Ololo.
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Winnie

Tribal Group
Luhya

Background

Winnie was the last child taken into sponsorship by African Leaf.   After the death of her mother, she had lived with her father and stepmother for 2 years in very bad unhygienic conditions and was small for her age, undernourished and very needy.  She joined the Steiner School when she was 5 years old.  She is a social girl who is very talkative and has well spoken English.

About Winnie

She is now 15 and in her final year at the Steiner School.  She is fun to be with and loves playing with and caring for younger children.  She would make a wonderful kindergarten teacher in the future.

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