"My life and that of my siblings were like that of any other child filled with so much joy and fun as far as I can remember but never missed its part of the ups and downs.
Having been brought up by a single mother was not that easy for her, having been the sole provider, but not a single day can I remember having missed a meal or any basic need.
It had never dawned on us that this would end without notice. August 2003 was the beginning of our sorrows; on this fateful day, we lost our mum to what we haven't yet perceived would be the problem.
Life for us had hit the end because she was all we had. Our firstborn was 13yrs, I was 8yrs old, our 3rd born was 5yrs, and our last born was nine months old. I vividly remember that on the fateful day I had our lastborn Mercy on my back, I enjoyed babysitting her.
At this time, it hit our brains that we were fatherless and, even worse, motherless, and society now branded us "orphans". This was hard for us to accept but did we have a choice?
We were left under the guardianship of our grandfather, who wasn't financially stable to support us."
Ibrahim and his sisters, Penninah and Mercy
"As they say there is always light at the end of the tunnel.
NEW HOPE CHILDREN'S HOME shall forever remain a lifesaver for us.
A constant question remains in our mouths "WHERE WOULD WE BE?"
A solution solve our predicament that had befallen us. We were taken to a new home that we never knew would turn out so homely for us. Our stay in new hope is something that turned out to be a story of our lives. As I write this, I just qualified to be a clinical officer (the equivalent of a medical assistant). Our elder sister is a teacher, our 3rd born also just completed her college pursuing agribusiness, and our lastborn is preparing to join a medical school to study theatre operations technology. This would never have happened if not for Mr and Mrs Chege and the altruistic financiers of new hope children. New Hope has only been a lifesaver for us but for many destitute children in Kenya. Again thanks, mum and dad, for giving hope into our what could be miserable lives;
God bless you abundantly."