Ann Wambugu
International Head Office, Nairobi
Chief Administrative Officer

1. How did you come to work at New Life?
I first got involved in New Life Home Trust in 1999 through the recommendation of a friend. I lived near the home and was looking to volunteer with children. I came back the following year, in March 2000, and started to help in the office while the babies were asleep. When the need arose for a part time office assistant, I joined the staff of New Life. Eventually, part time became full time and I have been working for New Life ever since.

2. What’s your favourite part of working with New Life?
I love that there are babies where I work. If there were no babies, I would not enjoy my job so much. I also enjoy my general administrative duties and that I get to be a part of the Human Resources department. By nature, I love to be with people; therefore I really enjoy representing them.

3. What are some highlights from your time at New Life?
All my highlights are related to the times when I was able to take a child for an outing, with New Life’s consent. From time to time, I have taken children with me on family outings. In fact, one of the babies has almost become a part of my family as we have all come to know and care for this little one.

newlifeAnother highlight is seeing the children who were admitted when I was first at New Life now becoming teenagers. It’s amazing to see how they have grown, both those in Nakuru (at Bethel and Carmel Houses) and those who have been adopted. One girl in particular is now my friend on Facebook. She was once an abandoned baby, but is now a teenager living with her adoptive family.

4. Looking forward, what is your biggest wish for New Life?
I would love to further develop the Human Resources Department of New Life Home Trust. My hope is that in the same way that we’ve been able to take such good care of the babies, we would be able to see the caregivers and all the other staff receive equal care and attention, for all of the hard work they do.