Adoption and Returns Home

Adoption: Neema is adopted and Eligiva returns home

Adoption: Neema is adopted and Eligiva returns home

Adoption: Neema, who just turned one some time last month, has been adopted by a family from her own district. Neema has been extra happy since learning to walk, only a few weeks before turning one. She was interacting more with all the other kids and staff, and even becoming a bit mischievous, which she never showed any sign of before!


Adoption for Neema; Home for Eligiva

Eligiva, who arrived here very sick in June of last year, returned home yesterday. She is not only healthy and animated, she is also tall, good at walking, and about to turn two years old in a few weeks.

Adoption: Eligiva returns home and Neema is adopted

Adoption: Eligiva returns home and Neema is adopted

Although we won’t celebrate Eligiva’s birthday with her, the other kids will celebrate the birthdays of Maggie, who will be three, and Brighton, who will be two, both on the 15th of March. The kids love a celebration!

Watoto Kicheko now has 20 children, and there will be more returns home soon. Our numbers will go down, and we will be able to give far more individual attention to the kids who will stay here.

All the children are healthy and happy at the moment. Even Rose, who was sick last week, is well now; no high temperatures, and even putting on weight. But we would love to see her break the cycle of sickness and recovery, with only short periods of stability. Maybe some day!

The eight school going kids are, mainly, happy to be going to school. Four are very young and only get homework once a week. But the other four are doing homework every day. A tutor comes to help them, and they are all now doing well, keeping up with their work, catching up with others in their class.

By Simon Collery

Simon Collery has been an online content writer and blogger since the late 1990s, developing content for an information industry website, and later, writing about development, HIV, human rights and other subjects, mainly in East Africa. He is a co-founder of the Don't Get Stuck Collective, a group of people who write and agitate for greater recognition of non-sexually transmitted HIV and other bloodborne disease, especially through unsafe healthcare, cosmetic and traditional practices, mainly in Africa and Asia. He also blogs about media depictions of African people, unethical practices by publicly funded western institutions in African countries, mass male circumcision programs carried out in African countries using mainly US funding, and other subjects. He has a particular interest in Kenya and Tanzania.