Tuhi’s back.

Last August we took in a little abandoned child called Tuhiringere (too-ee-ring-er-ray).  His mother had abandoned him outside her mother’s house.  The Grandmother then took him to the father’s village and left him on the ground there.  The Police brought him to us.


He was a ‘shut down’ child.  We even wondered if he was deaf as he was so unresponsive.  Gradually he came out of himself, partly because his mother turned up.  They spent some time on the Unit to get Tuhiringere to his proper weight.  We arranged that the Police and Probation Officer would help sort her social problems and on their final day, even dropped her off at the Police Station.

Imagine our disappointment when in January he came back to us again.  Winniefred was asked by the Magistrate to pick up a child.  The mother had abandoned him again and was sleeping rough.  It was felt the child was in danger and should be removed.  It seems the mother had been chucked out by her family again as she was unwilling to help with digging, washing clothes or any other task given to her.  Sleeping with men was the only activity she was inclined to do.  

Again, Tuhiringere was in shut down mode but began to thaw in a few days.  Now he is a mischievous toddler with the biggest eyes ever and a winning smile.  He likes nothing better than to be picked up for a cuddle and is almost walking independently.  What will we do with him now?  Long-term fostering would be the best option but hard to achieve.  We have people willing to take girls but not boys.  The reason is that when they get older they may get a girl pregnant.  If he cannot financially support his child then the girl has a legal right to dump that child on his family.  It’s a problem.

The following pictures show Tuhiringere’s great sense of fun.

If you’re taking my photo then I’m coming to see how.

Okay, I can see the button.


Ha ha. You have no idea what I am doing while you are talking with Rosie.


118 copies of this, that’s what. Lol!


              

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Some babies are easier to cuddle than others!


Between Christmas and New Year we went on safari to the Queen Elizabeth Park with our daughter, Naomi.  We saw many animals and cute and cuddly though this baby hippo was, she was a big armful.  


This young chimp climbed up the tree and acted as though he was well hidden behind the tree trunk and couldn’t be seen.


Watching lions in their natural habitat is always amazing.

This wonderful trip followed a very enjoyable Christmas Day.  After the morning service in the Cathedral, 12 folk collected at Rosie’s house for coffee then went their separate ways to cook their part of the meal.  Fortuitously the collective timing was perfect and we gathered to share a wonderful meal.  Young William and James had made crackers complete with jokes and hats (we had to say bang to complete the effect).  Sitting around in hats made us look even more curious to passing locals.  Mike had missed out on the preparation as he was on duty in the Medical Centre.  He offered to do his bit by washing the dishes.  The shared event meant that no-one had to do much work and it was all very relaxed and pleasant.

PV children continue to do well. 

 

Elizabeth driving through the forest

Assumpta making her feelings known

Zak, nearly walking

Moses growing so quickly

Ruth, still nocturnal


and finally…


Anyone for a game of Hungry Hippos?

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Returning to hope.

We arrived back to a distinctly cool Africa…..what!  Get the jumpers on again?  In our absence the rainy season has kicked in properly.  It is cool in the mornings and evenings, beautifully warm and sunny during most mornings with a tendency to showers in the afternoon.

As ever, I was struck by the beauty and neatness of the compound.  The grass was cut and edged.  There was no litter to be seen.  There were smiles and happiness.  It is good to be back.


There are 14 resident babies at present.  Two new ones arrived while we were away and others have been resettled.


Baby Ruth, 2 months old, is as cute as cute can be.  She has the most enormous eyes but sadly they are open more during the night than during the day.  It is very hard to keep her awake for long – I’ve tried.  The staff despair of training her out of her nocturnal habits.


Young Winifred collected her goat from the Income Generating Scheme.  Selling the young from this goat will help with food and school fees in the future.  Behind them is a pale blue building.  This is the new Education Centre/Demonstration kitchen and mothers kitchen for the Nutrition Unit.  Holding the daily talks inside is much appreciated during the wet season.  The Unit has been shifted out this weekend as their floor will be tiled next week.  This will not only look better but will be much easier to keep clean.


On Monday (Dec 19th) Dr Nicci will move into the flat above the Nutrition Unit.  Alan Cook has worked very hard to get it ready for her before Christmas.  The kitchen has received its last coat of varnish and is drying.  


The Medical Centre may not have been as busy as usual but they have had some very sick children indeed to care for.  This lad has been ill for over a year.  He was being treated by herbs and prayer with some visits to Hospital but was going downhill.  One member of his Prayer Group said she felt he should be taken for advice.  He is 15yrs old and really too old for Potter’s Village but the family and his Prayer Group felt Potters was the best place for him to be – how could the Medical Centre refuse?  He has tested positive for TB and started treatment.  He will be on treatment for a long time but already there is improvement.    The day of this photo he was refusing all food.  Now, he has started to eat.  What a wonderful feeling of hope it must be for him and those supporting him.

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