After a good breakfast we set off for Watu Wa Maana – a 5-10 minute walk away. The name means “Very Important People”! The sun was shining and we were looking forward to what God had in store for us.
Upon arrival, we found all the children happily doing their chores. When those were done the children welcomed us with a presentation of songs, poems and some worship. Their singing was enthusastic and joyous.
It is not like your average home. 50 children of mixed ages, ranging from 5 – 20 live in the centre. This provides a happy safe home for homeless children, but the aim is not that these children should just become instituionalised. Eventually the hope is to help them back into the community, living in families and functioning and contributing positively to society. Many of them have very sad, neglected backgrounds. They have experienced abuse of different kinds, rejection and hunge. Many have lived on the street from a very early age. Despite this they have positive attitudes, know they are loved and like playing games – just like any other children!
During the day we spent time individually interviewing the children, chatting and getting to know them, and being creative with them making some felt badges. We then bought them all a treat – each child got a bottle of soda (fizzy drink). That was a celebration! We packed up and left at 6:45. It was getting dark. With sad hearts we returned to the convent.
Looking back over the day, it was clear that God’s hand is working in the children’s lives at the centre. We were able to see the strength of their faith despite their past experiences. We were blessed and encouraged!
Early tomorrow, we will make a brief visit to DC Kasarani (a pentecostal church about 15 mins away) and then we will head off to Theta for the rest of the day.
Please continue praying. We really appreciate your prayers.
Miv and Ruth
It is hard to put into words the emotion that a day like today stirs up. It says in the Bible, “Let the poor say I am rich because of what the Lord has done for us.” In the lives of the staff and the children at “Watu wa Maana Street Childrens Rehabilitation and Reintegration Centre” this becomes a reality – Yes, that is the full name of the centre! They are poor. They rely on the good will of others for everything! And yet they see the provision of God in their lives and feel the love of God as He provides protection for them.
We are humbled!