Char­ity in Kenya plans to open school li­brary

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

Re­gional ed­i­tor DENISE CAHILL was in Nakuru, Kenya with Nakuru Hope founder Su­san Saleeba. SU­SAN Saleeba never dreamed she would have le­gal cus­tody of 38 Kenyan chil­dren when her char­ity Nakuru Hope was in its in­fancy 10 years ago.

But two years ago, the South Fre­man­tle res­i­dent opened an or­phan­age as part of the Gabriel Learn­ing Cen­tre in the Kaptem­bwa slums of Nakuru.

Ms Saleeba, who has two grown chil­dren of her own, went through the court process to gain le­gal cus­tody of the or­phans, who range in age from 3-15.

Ten years after mak­ing the com­mit­ment to start a pro­ject with help from friend and now school di­rec­tor Christo­pher Makokha, Ms Saleeba is in Kenya re­flect­ing on the past decade that has in­cluded build­ing a new school to cater for kindy to Year 5 , start­ing a farm and car­ing for peo­ple in the com­mu­nity.

"My vi­sion has al­ways stayed the same,” she said. “I was de­ter­mined to not only ed­u­cate but care for a des­ti­tute com­mu­nity. I like look­ing after our fam­i­lies.

"My very first fam­ily was Sag­ina. Her mother had died and she was left alone with the body for three days, which caused her not to speak... she was four.

"We helped her fa­ther, who was a coal seller and won over her trust and even­tu­ally over three months with con­stant car­ing and coun­selling she be­gan to speak.

"It re­it­er­ated that good can come out of bad."

As well as an ed­u­ca­tion, the school kids get two meals a day and their fam­i­lies re­ceive med­i­cal sup­port.

"There is never a highlight, ev­ery day is good," Ms Saleeba said.

"An­other lit­tle suc­cess dur­ing this visit was sup­port­ing one of our moth­ers who gave birth to her ninth child."

Ms Saleeba said she was now an­tic­i­pat­ing the open­ing of a small school li­brary that is cur­rently un­der con­struc­tion.

Visit www.naku­ruhope.org for more in­for­ma­tion.

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