Havilla Children's Home
Kenyatta National Hospital Chilren's Cancer Unit, Nairobi, Kenya
On December 17 2011, Jimmy sent his friends and members of the KenyanList.com community to visit the kids at the Cancer Unit of Kenyatta National Hospital.
We had food and stuff worth about 40,000 Kenya Shillings, which were all contributed by Jimmy and members of the KenyanList.com community.
See some pictures of the occassion.
The visit as naratted by Isaac Ndegwa
So as we klisters arrived at KNH as one big group, along with all these shopping bags it was obvious we were in for a good day. We made our way to the Ward carrying all those toys, Mosquito nets, Slippers, Balls, Flutes, Food, Sweets, Baloons, Crayons, Biscuits, books, pens, party hats, sanitary stuff….tuseme so so much stuff. The appointment was confirmed once more and so we walked into Ward 1E, the Children’s Cancer Ward. So for a while I was mesmerized….I had to do some mental formatting…removing those mental pictures I had earlier on carried of a pale ward, frowning anti-social nurses walking around with 13-inch syringes, suffering and bored kids and a scary sounding monitor. Nothing…. this Ward was tastefully painted, mickey-mouse drawings on the wall, a TV stuck to the wall with cartoons showing … kids ran around happily, they stole every chance to greet us with cheeky excitement before we quite entered.
So finally we walk in, we are led into their Rec-room. Nice happy kids, beautiful young gals smiling and waiting expectantly as we finally put down all those heavy shopping bags full of stuff you guys kindly facilitated the purchase. They had a song for us, they introduced themselves name by name. We prayed as one happy family before we started distributing the goodies you could see that joy in their faces yani. As we distributed the stuff we familiarized with their kids, what they like, how old they are ooh they hugged us. It was one of those Woiye moments. They appreciated everything even the tiniest lollypop. We went ahead and played with their toys together. We drew pictures with their new Crayons to test-drive the drawing books You Guys bought for them.
I made friends with this ka-five year old kid … she had storoz I was shocked. We all did. Kumbe klisters have a soft side. Twas also interesting with most klisters meeting for the first time. Despite their health they all had contagious energy which made me wonder why I so like to take my life for granted. We are always here whining and yapping about inflation, shida za maisha, this that but there I met a 6 year old-ish girl born with leukemia and has one eye literally being held in position by an eye-cone, her hair not able to grow like ours probably due to constant chemotherapy but she smiles and cracks jokes, plays pranks like the world is hers. That visit was awakening. I think I appreciate and love my life more now.
To the Klist men who came…that was nice of you blowing balloons and carrying the kids shoulder high. To the beautiful, Klist gals who came…that was nice…watching one of u tucking in that sick shivering kid into a blanket and soothing him to sleep was just awesome. I felt good holding holding hands with kids and whirling them rooooooound in circles till they feel kizunguzungu. They literally didn’t like seeing us leaving. For me that was the only thing I hated....seeing a nurse pull out a kid who had refused to let go of my leg was just the hardest part. Thanks to all the Klisters for making this work. Thank you all for those last minute M-PESAs they worked like magic right to the shilling.
How you can help
Your donation to our general kitty will go along way to help. There are kids who may also need individual help such as tuition payments or individual mentoring and sponsorship. Please contact us for more information and details.
Thank you Kenyanlist.com member community for your donations and time. Special thanks to Susan, Molly, Andrew, Kedo, Milly, Betty and Stanley for spending time with the kids.