One of our favorite experiences is to have interns spend time with our children. Below is the story from Dan Omondi, a college intern working in our Molo community this summer.
“I had heard about Project 82 through my brother Paul Omondi and was really looking forward to volunteer or a way to partner with this great organization that was defending the weak and the fatherless in the society, because my major mission, has always to be a source of hope and comfort to the sick, hungry, lonely and orphaned children in Africa who are in need. The day I was to leave for Molo I awoke early just as the watchmen awaits dawn was my heart also awaiting for dawn break to be able to set off for a mission to play a father figure to those that were orphaned. I looked forward to giving back to the community and engaging them in activities that will help them unlock their potential.
I arrived in the evening at Molo, and was received by Winnie who is a social worker. I reached House of Hope 2 a place that was to be my new home. I was received by lovely and adorable kids who were energetic and by the look on their faces, it showed that indeed good care was given to them. A society or an organization is judged with the way it treats those under it’s care. Project 82 had managed to keep a smile on the kids faces, and by and large, I most definitely knew that with no any doubt that they too will take good care of me.
The experience here has been awesome and tremendous so far, waking up very early in the morning, to help the house mum prepare the kids and taking the kids to the bus stop. I must confess in the first two days it was really a daunting task for me that I was not well accustomed to it, because am not usually an early riser. Thank God for the strength that he accorded me , for I can now able to withstand the challenge of getting up early despite the cold chilly weather.
I sometimes lack words to correctly portray how I always feel in my heart when am giving the fatherly figure to the kids here in the home, the babysitting after my duties with young and very joyful baby Nyambura, are kodak moments that will forever linger in my mind. Also not to forget the time carrying out the household chaos, which I always lead by example as a servant leader.
What has touched me, is the way the children are powerful in praying to God. I have never seen this anywhere. The kids pray for everyone including the nation, sponsors, teachers, of which is just to mention but a few. The devotions have really made me know to pray more fervently to my Creator after I saw the passion with the kids. I have never lived in a house with so many people but now I see what I have been missing (awesome fun!).
The food distribution program made me weep, as I saw many children whom their parents could not afford to provide for them and had to rely on this food for survival.
I thank God for the people out there, who are trying to make a difference into the lives of people I call such people social entrepreneurs, who invest their prayers, time, and finances to people. In that people are their business, and furthermore the Bible emphasizes care for humanity. I thank Project 82 for investing in the lives of children of Kenya, may the plan that God is having for the lives of this small children come into completion. God bless Kenya!”
And we, Dan, we thank God for the calling He has put on your life, that a young man would want to give back to those less fortunate, a young man would take his time between college semesters to serve others, to hold babies, get children ready for school and help them with their studies. Dan you are an inspiration to us all. Thank you for answering God’s call to serve and thank you for blessing our dear children with your spirit.