In Nyeri: Baby Home
This might be our smallest home, but it is the most active in baby rescue. The Nyeri team are tireless in their mission of mercy. If you want to see what caring with compassion (and passion) looks like, there's no better place to start.
1. When did New Life Nyeri open, and how did that happen?
New Life Nyeri opened its doors in August 2006, after Clive & Mary Beckenham saw a need to rescue babies in the central region of Kenya. There were many cases of babies being abandoned here, but no home in the area was rescuing these infants.
2. What is the specific work that New Life Nyeri does? What ages are the children you care for?
We care for babies between the ages of 6 months and 2 years. But we are also very active in rescuing babies (newborn to 6 months old) from all across Kenya’s central region. Most often, those babies below 4 months old are transferred to our Nairobi Baby Home, which is a registered medical centre, so that the infants can receive intensive care.
3. What are 2 or 3 of the major milestones in the history of New Life Nyeri so far?
When the home began in 2006, we were rescuing babies from within Nyeri alone. But now, because of the good rapport created between the home and the local Children’s Officers, our babies are rescued from many more places, such as Maua, Nyahururu, Chuka, Meru, and Isiolo. Our local community has responded positively to the work we do and supports us wholeheartedly by adopting, volunteering, and donating. A high number of our babies have been adopted by both local and international families.
4. As you look to the future, what are your hopes and dreams for New Life Nyeri?
We want to see many more donors coming alongside us, so that we can continue to lead the way in offering compassionate care to abandoned babies. We also hope to add many more rooms to the Nyeri home, because our numbers keep on growing. We pray that we shall have leaders and staff who continue to pursue the vision and mission of the home for many years to come – and keep the ‘flame’ burning.