Beside a busy road in Kenya, two children were found this December. The little baby is probably around 10 months old, and her big brother is just over two, we think. It’s a wonder they weren’t hit by a car or wandered away from each other.
This year, 44 infants and toddlers like these two were placed at the Neema House. They are cared for and loved by house mums who each take several babies to be their own for a little while. We are so proud of our house moms, who have worked with us for many years and love these sweet ones well.
Our social workers and staff work hard to find each child’s biological family. And once found, overcome the challenges facing those families. We strive to walk aside families to provide food, shelter, education, job training, and basic needs until they can care for their children. This year, 23 children were reunited with their families including a two sibling sets like this.
But when families can not be found or choose not to care for their children, we work with state and local agencies so they can place our children in loving adoptive homes. We celebrate each of these adoptive families and love to see these children thrive with a permanent mom and dad. This year, 18 babies were adopted into Kenyan families.
The Christmas holiday is a time to rest and enjoy family. Every year, our house mums bring “their” babies home to extended family to enjoy the traditions and celebration of Christmas. For these sweet babies, Christmas is a wonderful time. They enjoy the attention, the lovely smells, the presents, the lights, and the fun. Is there anything as lovely as seeing Christmas come alive in the eyes of little ones? Their sense of wonder reminds us all of the miracle of Jesus, the King in the manager.
Neema House is quiet with just our year round staff, but still expectant, because we know at any moment we may get a call. And for every baby who comes home to the Neema House, we pray for them to quickly find a forever home with a mom and a dad, to have Christmas traditions and celebrations forever.