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Gabriel Ndiritu
Baby Rescue Home, Nyeri
Joint Home Administrator

1. How did you come to work at New Life?
I came to New Life in 1999 as a volunteer painter to help renovate the home in Nairobi. Eventually, New Life offered me a job. I became the gatekeeper at the Nairobi home, and so began my extraordinary journey with New Life Home Trust. Under the leadership of Clive Beckenham, the Founder and Director, I found myself “climbing the ladder” within New Life. As time passed, I was entrusted with more and more responsibility until, in August 2006, I was invited to be the Home Administrator of the new satellite home in Nyeri.

2. What’s your favourite part of working with New Life?
My favorite part of my work is when my team and I head out to rescue a baby in need. We often receive calls from the Children’s Officers to come and rescue babies that are abandoned. The greatest joy and miracle is seeing them fight to survive, despite the harsh conditions they are found in. And, when they survive, seeing them get adopted into loving families gives me strength to continue with the work because the joy on a new parent’s face is so rewarding.

newlife3. What are some highlights from your time at New Life?
I am humbled by the fact that Clive & Mary Beckenham considered me for this noble work. My life and that of my family has never been the same. I am also grateful for Clive and Mary’s spiritual teachings. They have enabled me to grow in my faith and spirituality and I am thankful to have such good mentors in my life.

4. Looking forward, what is your biggest wish for New Life?
As I think of the future of New Life, I would like us to be a model for other homes in Kenya. We have set high standards to ensure that abandoned babies receive the very best care, and I hope that all other homes for abandoned infants would match these standards.

 

Monicah Ndiritu
Baby Rescue Home, Nyeri
Joint Home Administrator

1. How did you come to work at New Life?
My husband, Gabriel, introduced me to New Life Home Trust in 2003, when we were still dating. By then, we were both living in Nairobi and Gabriel was working at New Life. I immediately loved the home and the work it was doing, but at that time I was working elsewhere. When we married in 2005, I also began working for New Life. In August 2006, we were sent by Clive and Mary to start the satellite home in Nyeri. I was new to this line of work but, as time went on, I gained experience at being a mother to many babies, and I loved it.

2. What’s your favourite part of working with New Life?
I love to take care of the babies. Being a mother means a lot of different things, but the most important is learning each baby’s unique personality. I really enjoy holding the babies when they first arrive, giving them the love and sense of belonging they need. Feeding and playing with the babies gives me joy beyond words. I also love to see our babies being adopted by good families.

3. What are some highlights from your time at New Life?
One of my highlights is seeing rescued babies adopted and their lives changed for the better. That transformation is embodied in our very name: “New Life”. The babies truly receive a new opportunity for life. Since I joined New Life, Clive and Mary Beckenham have mentored me and, through their mentorship, my life has been transformed tremendously.

newlife4. Looking forward, what is your biggest wish for New Life?
My biggest wish is for New Life to be a model of excellence in Kenya because of the quality of the care we offer to our babies and our staff. My prayer is that we will increase the number of donors who believe in the work we do and will support us, and stand with us, as we continue to raise the standards of care in our homes.