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John Ondeche
Pendo House & Amani Cottage, Kisumu
Joint Home Administrator

1. How did you come to work at New Life?
In 2000, after working in the banking industry for 20 years, I began praying and talking with my wife Prisca about leaving our current jobs and moving into community service. As a result, Prisca joined the New Life team in Kisumu, while I began working with street children, rehabilitating them to orphanages or reuniting them with their biological families. Then in late 2001, I received an invitation to join New Life as an employee with effect from January 2002. I jumped at the opportunity.

newlife2. What’s your favourite part of working with New Life?
I delight in contributing to the rescue of babies, as well as in caring for them and releasing them to adoptive families when the time comes. I also like to empower the staff by training and motivating them. In addition, I enjoy hosting our visitors, volunteers, and donors.

3. What are some highlights from your time at New Life?
One of the highlights from my time at New Life has been the rescue of desperate and needy babies. We give them a chance to live and get adopted into loving homes. Seeing these babies thrive is a joyful experience.

Another highlight of my time at New Life are the many visits the children make to my office throughout any given day. When a child calls out to me, I always go over to listen to what he or she has to say. The smiles that I receive from them are priceless.

4. Looking forward, what is your biggest wish for New Life?
I pray that New Life will continue to carry life and hope to the many babies who continue to be born into hostile environments. I look forward to our work of rescue, care, protection and placement in the community being increasingly supported by the community. I want to see an endowment fund set up so that New Life will be able to continue growing and to serve even more abandoned and needy children. My big wish is for the current local and international donor base to keep expanding so that New Life can continue to pursue its vision relentlessly.

 

Prisca Ondeche
Pendo House & Amani Cottage, Kisumu
Joint Home Administrator & Nursing Manager

1. How did you come to work at New Life?
I joined New Life way back in 2000, through a friend who knew the Trust.

2. What’s your favourite part of working with New Life?
My favourite part of my work has been rescuing, naming and giving general care for the babies.

3. What are some highlights from your time at New Life?
In 2005, we rescued a baby who was very sick and dying. He got well and is now a healthy young man in our family home in Nakuru. In 2011, we admitted another very sick baby who needed a blood transfusion. He also got well and now lives with his adoptive family.

newlife4. Looking forward, what is your biggest wish for New Life?
My wish is that New Life in Kisumu will become a training ground for caregivers from other organizations. Because of the success we have had caring for children with special needs, I want to reach out to the community and help those families who also have children with special needs, but are struggling to care for them.