We are sad. / Wir sind traurig.

Filed under: News — MB at 8:18 pm on Saturday, April 28, 2007

flagbritain.jpg Last night the staff and children at The Nest had a traumatic experience. Early in the morning, villagers knocked at the gates of The Nest. In their hands they held a naked newborn baby. The baby had been found at the roadside near Limuru Town just hours earlier, wrapped in nothing but a plastic bag. It must have lain in the cold of the night for several hours since the tiny body was totally motionless. The villagers had instantly started a search for the unknown mother instead of taking the baby to the nearest hospital or bringing it to The Nest immediately after they found it. At the time the newborn arrived at The Nest, it was bearly breathing and the body temperature had fallen drastically. The children and staff were shocked when they saw the condition of the tiny little boy. The Nest´s nurse immediately practised first aid and rushed the baby to the nearest hospital (Tigoni). But it was too late. The baby died in the hands of the nurses at the hospital.

The mother has been found today. She is 18 years old. The villagers have taken her to the police and she has been jailed. What will her future be like?

Please pray for this young woman and for the Team at The Nest who have been in pain witnessing the death of an innocent young life.

flag.JPG Letzte Nacht mussten die Mitarbeiter und Kinder im Nest sehr Trauriges erleben. Früh morgens klopften Dorfbewohner aus Limuru an die Tore des Heims. In ihren Händen hielten sie ein winziges Neugeborenes. Stunden zuvor war das Baby eingewickelt in eine Plastiktüte am Straßenrand nicht weit vom Nest entfernt gefunden worden. Es musste bereits längere Zeit in der Kälte der Nacht dort gelegen haben, denn als es ein Dorfbewohner entdeckte war der kleine Körper schon reglos wegen Unterkühlung. Die Dorfbewohner nahmen jedoch erst einmal die Suche nach der unbekannten Mutter auf anstatt das Baby ins nächste Krankenhaus oder sogleich ins Nest zu bringen. Als sie es schließlich brachten atmete das Neugeborene nurmehr schwer und war völlig unterkühlt. Die Mitarbeiter und Kinder im Nest waren vom Zustand des Kleinen geschockt. Unsere Krankenschwester leistete noch Erste Hilfe und eilte dann mit dem Nest-Auto ins nächst gelegene Krankenhaus (Tigoni). Doch für das junge Leben kam die Hilfe zu spät – nach kurzer Zeit starb das Neugeborene in den Armen der Schwestern.

Die Mutter des Babys wurde heute von den Dorfbewohnern gefunden. Sie is 18 Jahre alt. Die Dorfbewohner haben sie zur Polizei gebracht. Dort wurde sie sogleich inhaftiert. Was wird aus ihr werden?

Bitte betet für die junge Frau und auch für die Mitarbeiter im Nest, die noch immer geschockt von der plötzlichen schmerzhaften Erfahrung sind.

Play / Spiel (2)

Filed under: Nest Children — MB at 2:28 pm on Wednesday, April 25, 2007

 flagbritain.jpg When there are not many toys around you have to be  inventive and creative. The kids at the Nest surely are good at this! Look how Mwangi & Kennedy make their own cars!

flag.JPG  Wo es nicht viele Spielsachen gibt muss man erfindungsreich und kreativ sein. Und das sind sie – die Kinder im Nest. Seht wie Mwangi & Kennedy ihre eigenen Autos basteln!

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Play / Spiel (1)

Filed under: Nest Children — MB at 2:03 pm on Wednesday, April 25, 2007

flagbritain.jpg When there are not many toys around you have to be inventive and creative. The kids at the Nest surely are good at this. Watch them play “mzungu” !

flag.JPG Wo es nicht viele Spielsachen gibt muss man einfallsreich und kreativ sein. Und das sind sie – die Kinder im Nest! Seht ihnen beim “Schminken” zu!

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Sharing joy & time/ Zeit & Freude teilen

Filed under: News — MB at 8:55 am on Sunday, April 22, 2007

flag.JPG Im Rahmen ihres Sozialkunde Programms “About Kenya” kam nun schon zum vierten Mal eine Schülergruppe der “International School of Kenya” nach Limuru. Die 12-14 jährigen Schüler und ihre Lehrer verbrachten einen langen Nachmittag im Nest – spielten, sangen und picknickten mit den Kindern. Die Schüler interessierten sich für die Schicksale der Kinder und entwickelten große Anteilnahme. Es war eine Freude den Teenagern beim Auftauen und Sozialisieren zuzusehen!

flagbritain.jpg Last Thursday students and their teachers from the International School of Kenya (ISK) came to Limuru to spend time with the children at the Nest. In their social studies exploratory program “About Kenya” they have been studying different topics concerning life in Kenya. Considering the fate of vulnerable people and children in society has been one of the areas covered.

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The students showed great interest in learning more about the life of the children at the Nest. They played, sung and shared snacks with the children and gave them a lot of the much needed attention. It was a joy to watch the teenagers interact and socialize!

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Thanks for your shared time and attention, guys!

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And thanks for the great fun!

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Artists at the Nest / Künstler im Nest

Filed under: News — MB at 12:04 pm on Sunday, April 15, 2007

flag.JPG Sechs Wochen lang kam im Januar/Februar eine internationale Künstlergruppe ins Nest um mit den Kindern zu basteln, zu malen, zu singen, Geschichten zu erzählen und zu spielen. Für die Kinder eine unvergessliche Zeit! Zwei Monate später sind die Erinnerungen unter den Kindern noch so lebendig, dass sie es kaum erwarten können bis die Gruppe im September noch einmal ins Nest zurückkehrt!

flagbritain.jpg In January 2007 Wendy Andrew and Bee Birken, both friends of The Nest, brought a six week arts program to the home. They got together to arrange the program through their respective charities: “Will’s Africa Trust” and “Anno’s Africa” – both charities set up in memory of their two sons William Andrew and Anno Birken. Will’s knew The Nest before he died and it seems fitting that good things should happen there in his memory. The arts project was funded by “Anno’s Africa” which raises its money through the sale of Anno’s many beautiful poems that he wrote before he died.

The program ran twice a week and was designed to enrich the lives of both the children and the staff, teaching them, through different mediums, about their own identity, an issue that is especially important to children in institutional situations. It was also designed to stimulate and encourage creativity and the sheer enjoyment on. The children’s faces during the six weeks told its own story.

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The two main teachers, Karen and Marie arranged a varied and exciting program of puppeteering dance, music, storytelling, painting and model and mask making. One day the children made a beautiful triptych of their own footprints and handprints whilst dancing to the music and rhythms of local musicians. The result is stunning and will be exhibited in London in the near future!

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On another day Juma, a wonderful story teller, came bringing the children from the local village into the home to listen to his magical stories, it was very moving to watch so many enraptured faces. Juma will be coming to The Nest on a regular basis to continue telling his tales, all of which have a moral meaning to them.

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Bee and her team will return to Kenya in September to continue with this wonderful project and in the meantime Karen and Marie have left behind instructions and materials to allow the staff to continue their good work with the children. Indeed the talent for creativity and enthusiasm discovered amongst some of the staff added greatly to the success of the program.

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“KARIBU TENA!” – WELCOME AGAIN AT THE NEST!!!

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