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George Wanjala
Toddler Home & Bethel House & Carmel House, Nakuru
Joint Home Administrator & House Parent

1. How did you come to work at New Life?
In 2008, I met with John & Prisca Ondeche in my church in Webuye. They had come to share about the work of New Life. In April 2009, I joined the Kisumu home as an Assistant Administrator. In November 2011, I moved to the Nakuru home to be the Co-Administrator. At first, I felt hesitant when looking at the task ahead, but God continually enables us to do the work He has given us.

2. What’s your favourite part of working with New Life?
The children call me ‘’Daddy George.” I love being called “Daddy” and mentoring the boys and girls to be responsible people in the society. I enjoy talking to the children and providing solutions when I am able.

newlife3. What are some highlights from your time at New Life?
My most memorable time at New Life was when The Ark family children relocated from Nairobi to Nakuru. That day, the 27th of April 2013, will for ever be in my memory. Most exciting was meeting Duncan, the oldest of all the family home children. I prayed for God to help us and to help the children. That continues to be our prayer every day.

In 2012, we had so many boys aged 5 years and older that it worried us. I remember meeting with team members every morning to pray for adoptions. By the end of that year, we had discharged most of them to adoptive families, creating joy all round.

Meeting with Clive and Mary is always motivational, as they are great vision-bearers and vision-casters. Sitting and listening to them, whenever we meet, has been a delight and we have learned a lot both individually and as a couple.

4. Looking forward, what is your biggest wish for New Life?
We see a bright future for these children. We are planning to have fully furnished, family unit apartments for the young adults with income generating activities, i.e. a technical school and a farm. That way as the children grow to age 16 and above, they will have opportunities to grow into responsible adults.

 

Laura Wanjala
Toddler Home & Bethel House & Carmel House, Nakuru
Joint Home Administrator & House Parent

newlife1. How did you come to work at New Life?
I first heard of New Life through John & Prisca Ondeche, the Administrators of the Kisumu home. They came to our church in Webuye to talk about New Life. In August 2009, we joined the team in Kisumu as Assistant Administrators.

2. What’s your favourite part of working with New Life?
My most favourite part of my work is rescuing new babies. In most cases, they are weak and malnourished, but immediately after admission, the child looks happy – the old is gone, the new has come! I also enjoy it when we discharge a child for adoption. It is always exciting for the parent, the child, and the staff. Finding families for these children has always been a major objective of New Life, thus every adoption leaves me feeling happy and fulfilled.

3. What are some highlights from your time at New Life?
The first highlight was our Open Day in 2012, our first in 7 years. Open Day is a fundraising event where adoptive parents and their children, friends, and people from the community gather to celebrate New Life. It had taken a long time to plan and all of the children helped out so much.

The other highlight was when several of the children joined boarding schools. Initially, we thought it would not go well. We tirelessly planned and interviewed schools. Some were very discouraging, but we ended up finding great schools for them and, by their first day, they were all looking forward to going. I was very excited that everything worked out.

4. Looking forward, what is your biggest wish for New Life?
My biggest wish for New Life is that the children will grow into responsible, independent adults. My hope is that they will give back to New Life by eventually becoming donors and adoptive parents themselves. I know this is possible.

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