Margaret arrived at Watoto Kicheko only recently, and she didn’t look happy at all. Those who follow us on Facebook will have seen her sad face, so sad it would bring tears to your eyes. But that didn’t last.
Yesterday, Margaret started smiling and giggling after some laughter therapy from one of the other kids, some of whom are experts in the field.
Margaret Smiling Happily
Today I was greeted by a storm of excited kids, and I could see Margaret smiling happily, enjoying this new trick thoroughly. Seated beside her was Elinipa, just back from hospital; and Elinipa was smiling for the first time in ages.
Some of the kids here have chronic conditions, disabilities and various other problems. But there is a lot of happiness, too, and it’s most uplifting to see a child smiling and laughing who had previously looked sad.
We don’t really know what Margaret has gone through, except that her mother was unable to care for her to the extent that social services recommended that she be moved from home to Watoto Kicheko. She certainly needed good food and exercise, as she’s underdeveloped for her age (probably around two and a quarter).
But when I see a kid transformed like this in such a short time I know Watoto Kicheko really is doing a great job.