Berichten van Zr. Esther


Van: Rangala [] 
Verzonden: vrijdag 19 april 2019 12:38
Aan:'Tony van Rijssel'; 'Mill Hill Admin'

Dear Friends,
Greetings from Rangala Baby Home.
The entire staff and children of Rangala Baby Home are wishing you a Happy Easter.
May God continue to bless you and your family.

Sr. Mary Esther,
Sr. in charge R.B.
Sent: maandag 24 december 2018 13:10

I wish you A Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2019. I would like to share with you how we spend the money you send us from time to time. This money is used to buy infant tinned formula milk, which is quite expensive and needed most. Others essential commodities we buy are cereals (maize, beans, sorghum, millet, rice and sugar. We also buy  clothes, nappies, beddings, body oil, cream. Fruits and other foodstuffs which older children can easily eat; meat, fish and chicken.

 At the moment we have 35 children under our care aged 2 weeks to 5 years old. Most of the children are abandoned or their mothers died at birth or shortly after, and nobody is ready to care for the at their home at that age. Recently a baby was born 20th November 2018, the mother decided to throw her in a pit latrin. The baby was rescued by a good Samaritan with the help of other people, they destroyed the toilet and removed the baby out. She had already been burnt by feaces. The baby was taken to hospital treated and when she became stable was brought to us for further care and protection. The mother was arrested and put in police custody. She is called Precious Pendo.

Even though we got 35 babies/children at our care, any time we can received new ones coming in.  For our children we prepare them food which suit their age. We can smash them or prepare the food be taken in liquid- fruits (mangoes, avocado, oranges etc.) our children play with toys, which we buy from shops or donated. Older ones have small bicycles, ropes shakers etc.  for now they only know here( baby Home as their home). Those who have reached over three years will ask to be taken home – back in the villages.

We do receive visitors but not many. Perhaps we now get visitors from Vlierden, see what we do, help us take care of them and play with them. Otherwise feel free to know more of what we do. Attached are some pictures of our children. I wish all the children happy moments during this festivity period. I hope their big day (Epiphany will be very wonderful) Regards to all and God bless.
Sent: Sunday, December 24, 2017 2:50 AM

Dear Friends,

I wish to sincerely thank you for the season of 2017, and all the support you provided to our orphaned babies. On behalf of the Rangala Baby Home, I wish you all at Vlierden a Merry Christmas and a blessed 2018 New Year.

Thank you and may the festivity period bring us blessing.

Sr. Mary Esther
Sent: Sunday, December 24, 2017 2:48 AM
Subject: Sunken staff toiletGreetings! 

Attached is a picture showing 
challenges we experience. It is a staff toilet that had sunken.

This information was missed but was supposed to be part of the first letter.

Sr. Mary Esther

Sent: Friday, December 15, 2017 4:56 PM
Subject: Information about Rangala baby Home

Dear Tony,

Greetings from Rangala Baby Home! It is my hope that all friends from Vlierden are doing well. Regards to all! I wish to sincerely thank you and all people of good will for the concern and prayer support you offer to our orphaned babies/children. Thanks also for the financial support received through Ko Klaver.

At the moment we got 42 babies/children at our care. About 20 are still under one year with 10 of them below 7 months old. So we got serious feeding and care, constant attention all through. Basically the most demanding needs are formula tinned infant milk mostly consumed, nappies and pumpers regularly used.  Six children have also gone out/discharged to stay with relatives especially those who have reached 3-4 years old. They do settle gradually, we do follow up and visit them.

For those children who attained 2-3 years we let them join children from the neighbourhood at our nursery school in the compound. This gives them opportunity to integrate in school activities, learn from other children.

We had a problem with our main water tank; leaking and worn out parts. Now it is repaired  after 3 months work and no water wasted as before. We are at the moment lucky to get milk from our dairy farm cows. This supplements our tinned milk especially the older children over two years can get milk as well, and cereals enriched with milk. The weather was good and we had good carrots and vegetable supply from our garden. Challenges are repairs, sudden prices increase of commodities especially the last few months during elections.

The staffs work so hard, dedicate their time and love the babies so much. They work extra time but the Home is unable to pay for their extra hours. They care for them day and night, stay with them (babies) in hospital, take them to school, play with them etc. We got 13 ladies, 8 men and 2 Sisters. This team takes charge of daily care of babies in room, kitchen, farm, security, office, compound and garden, washing clothes, nappies.

The financial area needs support, because what we receive goes basically to the immediate basic needs of the baby, we do not generate funds from our activities, no profit making. We repair vehicles and fuel, insurance but from same pot. When we get visitors from abroad, we tend to be lucky to get little support but situation in Kenya has made it difficult, no more friends coming.

It would be our appeal that individuals can come up and support a particular area to easy financial constraint; supply of milk, support even one or two staffs, insure for us a vehicle etc. In a year we insure our two vehicles Ksh 140,000/= about (1400 euro) we got a big garden 4 hectares. Ploughing, harrowing, planting, seeds, a person to manage even for one year. Narrowing support can make us stable and enhance services we offer to babies.

Building especially the roof, section of the main building is not so good leaking a lot during rainy season. It is now a priority I need immediate support before start of long rainy season march next year.

Otherwise we appreciate your concern, and welcome your ideas/support to see us offer the best care, attention, love to babies and be happy, dedicated staffs. We wish you all good time as we prepare for the coming/Christmas. God bless.

Sr. Mary Esther Okome,
Sr. incharge R.B.Home.