Havilla Children's Home
Nairobi Women's Hospital, Gender Violence Recovery Centre
On December 11 2010, Jimmy's friends went to visit the Nairobi Women's Hospital - Gender Violence Recovery Centre, base din Hurlingham, Nairobi.
The Charity Event was a great success. The Kenyanlist.com Team representing, report that the hospital administration was very cordial; actually the Team was expected and hospital staff were very helpful; they were also taken through the Hospital policies, activities and responsibilities. The hospital relies solely on donors and well wishers to cater for the expenses of the patients brought in, and our contribution,as little as it was, was very much appreciated.
Items bought included a Christmas cake, snacks, drinks, Pampers diapers, Sanitary towels, etc. A cash donation of 26,000 Kenya shillings was also presented to teh director (see receipt).
See some pictures of the occassion.
There were many cases, but the attention of the klist team was drawn to a case of some 3 little boys (youngest 2yrs) from the same family whose father had abandoned them, leaving them under the care of a monster step-mother who abused them physically - the kids were traumatized and scared; one of them was admitted at the KNH for corrective surgery and other treatment, while the others were receiving treatment at the Centre.The klist team decided to follow up on the particular case and know what would become of the three and how they can be helped. This means that we will update you on the same also.
Story by Sahau of KenyanList.com
The events of Saturday left me in total shock. A small journey to Nairobi Women's Hospital to donate goodies and cash donated by you guys actually was a turning point in my life.
In my expectations, we were to be ushered into a room and asked to give what we have and bingo we walk a way poorer than we walked in. But the script got very different!
An ever-smiling lady called Alberta ushered Xabi, Cutie and AfriDef into a board room. I walked in a few minutes later. Then she stated narrating what they do bla bla bla bla. Then she told us about two kids who were rescued two days ago from a brutal step-mother. Then she asked us to accompany her to visit the two kids....
That's where everything changed! We walked into Ward 10 and found the two little boys. One is about 5 years old and the other is 2. The older one was sitting on a plastic chair staring at a TV (you cant call that watching coz I dont think he understood was was being shown). The smaller one was sleeping on a bed.
Alberta (her real name) started showing us the wounds on the small boy - bite marks, scratches, wounds on the head, and to crown it all, the boy had a crack on the base of his skull.....
.... all these inflicted by a woman who called herself a step-mother! I struggled to hold back tears, I really struggled.... it was just too much...just too much...why would one subject such an innocent kid to such PAIN??? Alberta told us the boy is now immune to pain! Just imagine at 2 years you are an adult!!! It was too much.... and how do I openly cry infront of two klist ladies? How? I looked a Xabi and I could see he was keeping himself busy with the older boy - perhaps to avoid looking at the small boy? Perhaps to keep tears away?
We gave your donations, but the fours of us have promised to visit the kids again and see how they are doing.
Thank you so much those of you who donated something - it has surely TOUCHED somebody's life!!! That one I can say very confidently. You will be featured in the next magazine of the hospital as friends of Nairobi Women's Hospital. A copy of receipt of the cash donation will be posted here in klist. Thanks again great guys.
About the center
The Gender Violence Recovery Centre (GVRC) is a non-profit making, non-partisan; charitable trust of the Nairobi Womenís Hospital (NWH) which is a private institution that specialises in obstetrics and gynaecology services and seeks to provide holistic care to women and their families.
GVRCís main purpose is to bring back meaning to survivorís lives and their families. We do this through the provision of free medical treatment and psychosocial support to survivors of gender based violence. The treatment offered includes Post Exposure Prophylaxes (PEP) given within 72 hours of assault to help prevent infection of HIV/AIDS. Other treatments include prevention of pregnancy, prevention of sexually transmitted infections and hepatitis B vaccine. The medical support given is the basic treatment for survivors of Gender Based Violence (GBV) that includes emotional, physical, sexual and psychological abuse. It is important to note that GVRC has certain exclusions to the medical services offered, and this information is available at any of our centres. Since inception in March 2001, GVRC has treated over 19,000 survivors of gender based violence.
The centre currently receives an average of 250 survivors per month with 35% being girls, 5% boys, 57% women and 3% men.
How you can help
Your donation to our general kitty will go along way to help. Please contact us for more information and details.
Thank you Susan, Caroline, Sahau and Kenyanlist.com members for your donations, time and wishes.