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The Nest
is a Project for the Rescue, Rehabilitation and Integration of Children in Conflict with the Law & Children of Imprisoned Mothers.

NEWS

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Oct 20

“Jerusalema” Dance Challenge @ The Nest Children’s Home

Bound by the pandemic this year, people from around the world now also have something more joyful in common: a hit song and a dance with deeply South African roots. The Nest is also taking part in the challenge. See more on youtube:

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Jul 20

Home Schooling…

….can be fun! And puts fresh food on the table!
When all the older children are at boarding school there is hardly time for teaching them at least basic agriculture. Now we have all the time of the world and as one can see the children enjoy the subject!

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May 20

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!

It is the first mother’s day celebration for our girls at the HWH. We had juice and biscuits and fun!
Our youngest expectant mom is only 12 years old and the oldest is 17. Each girl has her own sad story but together we can make it into a better future!

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May 20

WE ARE HUNGRY!

Because most street vendors and informal small businesses have lost their income due to the curfew, more and more calls for help from “former” mothers reach us.
https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2020/05/11/852423214/they-used-to-give-their-kids-3-meals-a-day-then-came-coronavirus

That is why we started issuing grocery packages last week. Not an easy task, because we have to meet the mothers somewhere on the side of the road, because you can only get into the slums on foot and because we have to be careful not to arouse envy or even hostility from our neighbours.
Our social workers can only speak to the mothers from inside the car to avoid any risk of infection.
We thank all our friends who made this aid package offer possible!

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Apr 20

Happy Easter!

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Apr 20

We are one – celebrating our redeemer

Good Friday 2020 at the Baby NEST.

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Apr 20

WE ARE NOT FORGOTTEN!

Greetings to all our dear friends and those who read our homepage! We hope you are in good health and everything is going well.
These days we receive quite some emails from friends who are worried about the situation at the NEST. So today let me then join the many “corona up-dates”!
But first of all, we want you to know that it is very encouraging for us to know that we are remembered in thoughts and prayers and even extra donations! Even though many of you are hit by the impact of this pandemic they have not forsaken us! We feel moved and humbled and safe in your “hands”!
Reading the signs on the wall, I was prepared for hard ship in 2020. When learning about the locust invasions in Ethiopia, Sudan and Kenya I knew that the prices for dry food will rise and stocked up our stores with beans, maize, lentil, flour, rice, sugar etc.
Then the news of the virus having spread to Europe reached us. So, I purchased enough sanitizers, masks, gloves and soap before the big run on them started.
Meanwhile, the official rate of infections in Kenya stands by 142 with 4 fatalities. However, it is estimated that there might be a significant number of unreported or unknown cases. One of the deceased is the Kenya Airways pilot who brought in the last flight from New York with Kenyans on board. Sad.
As soon as the first confirmed infection case was noted, the government reacted surprisingly fast. Schools, universities and restaurants were closed down. There is transparency in information, clear instructions on how to keep hygiene, tax relief for businesses and individuals, special programs for the elderly. All flights, except cargo, were banned. Many countries have since “evacuated” their nationals. This was quite an effort and, in some cases, very chaotic. We had 3 volunteers and some visitors at the NEST when Nairobi airport was closed. It was quite a challenge to get them to Mombasa from where the German government operated and on the chartered planes.
The Nest Project is, of course, affected by these rules, too. For the past 2 weeks there is also a country wide night curfew and since yesterday Nairobi is landlocked. We are working on getting a special permit to travel between Limuru and our Half-Way House.
However, the children themselves are not inconvenienced, apart from the older ones who have to do home schooling now. The Limuru NEST Home is buzzing with activities! The schoolchildren are just happy having the older ones around to help them with homework. All of them are quite creative in entertaining each other! The little ones anyway do not understand what is happening but enjoy getting a lot of attention from the staff.
That is because all employees are resident since the 16th of March. This decision was done on a volunteer basis. Apart of 3 employees everyone wanted to stay!!!
It was a logistic master piece to find beds, mattresses, blankets and space for everyone. Also cooking utensils, cutlery and gas cylinders had to be bought. Sharing rooms was also a concern, things like tribe or likes and dislikes had to be observed. And of course, we had to take each employee home, using the NEST vehicle, so that they could organize their household and/or make sure their children are safe. Most of them sent their children to their families in the countryside.
However, all is well now and our employees are growing together to be a big family! Of course, it is a challenge to get enough fresh food for 65 grown-ups and 120 children but with the help of god and our friends we will manage that, too.
As much as we try to make the situation bearable for the staff by offering activities like yoga, movie evenings, dress making lessons, opening our training salon to them, special dinners on Sunday and of course prayer times. Sunday service can only be watched on TV but as we are a small community this is still nice!
These are the news for now! We are thankful that we are all in good health, that we have enough to eat and a safe place to stay! “Let us see our blessings and name them one by one and see all the good our LORD has done!”

We thank all of you, our well-wishers and friends, our donors and those who remember us in thoughts and prayers! We wish you the best – peace of mind and good health!
Irene & NEST Team

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Apr 20

Corona in Kenya: Virus makes sick, poverty kills

Day laborers in Kenya’s capital are worried about what to live for if Corona continues to spread. Already there is hardly any work.

Go to article

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Mar 20

Having fun!

“Musical chairs” is a popular game and liked by children all over the world. Enjoying , having fun and a good laugh – all these are steps to healing the trauma that all our children have suffered.

Clip”Musical Chairs”

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Dec 19

Happy new year!

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Dec 19

Merry Christmas!

The NEST Project’s Team and the Children wish all our friends a Merry Christmas! 

Your support during 2019 made us strong! Thank you so much!

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Oct 19

We are ONE!

The NEST-children love to play football. And so do the children from the surrounding village. They play frequently and with enthusiasm! Then they are ONE, the children from around and the children from the Home! And many of them dream the same dream: to one day be a famous football player!

 

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Sep 19

Outside our gate!

… we found a newborn right in front of the entrance. It was dark, cold and rainy. But now the little one is doing well with us.

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Apr 19

Happy Easter!

The NEST Project’s Team and the Children wish all our friends a Happy Easter!

Thank you so much for your support!

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Mar 19

Goat twins II

As promised earlier, we have more pictures of the goat twins. They grow and grow and are very active.

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Feb 19

Bridget, Carol and Michelle

As soon as there is space, new babies are coming to the NEST.
The first picture is showing Bridget, Carol and Michelle (left to right) when they arrived. Half a year ago, they had been given to another children’s home, because their mother was convicted of child neglect.
Although already two years old, Carol can not sit or hold her head by herself. Furthermore, she had an infection of the middle ear. After only three month at the NEST, she has improved a lot. Daily training and a lot of love help her to overcome the development deficit.
Latest achievement: She can sit own her own and gets interested in toys. And the best is: she has learned to laugh!
Are you interested how the story continues? News follows soon.

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Feb 19

A new baby

This baby came to us last night from a police station. It was picked up by a 10 year old girl from the trash. It lay in a carton box and was surrounded by three cats. The cats made a lot of noise and that is how the girl found the baby.

 

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Jan 19

Library cleanup

The Nest has a very nice library that contains more than 2,000 books about all different topics and for all age groups. The library has now been cleaned and the books have been sorted by age group. Furthermore, a lending system has been introduced. The older kids can under supervision of a staff member borrow books any time. Then, they have to bring the books back on their own authority.

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Jan 19

Going for a hike

The older kids are going on a hiking and camping trip. On the first day, the kids spent time at the “Kipipiri Forest”, which belongs to the “Aberdare” mountain range. After a rainy (night) hike, the kids are going to “Mt. Longonot” next day. They stay for two nights, enjoy the sunshine and the stunning view at the top of the volcano.

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Dec 18

Merry Christmas!

The NEST Project’s Team and the Children wish all our friends a Merry Christmas! 

Your support during 2018 made us strong! Thank you so much!

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Dec 18

School holidays

During the school holidays, a holiday program for the kids is set up. They enjoy soccer, cycling, skating, nature walks and other activities. For the older kids, there is a tournament with various competitions and an overall ranking. There are prices to win and at the end everybody enjoys ice cream.

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Dec 18

Goat twins

New members in the Nest. This time it’s the goats that have babies. The twins delight kids and visitors. We will keep you updated with more pictures soon.

 

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Oct 17

Knock knock, who is there?

Knock, knock who is there? Its plenty of children in class, studying hard and learning for life. Our children at The Nest go to our one-room schoolhouse across the road where they are being taught by our teachers. Whenever you get there you find a busy atmosphere of little students who are aware that education will change who they are.

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May 17

Hope for our women

We would like to remind you of the needs of our women at the Halfway House. We tend to talk about their children and yet it is the mothers whom we rely on to reintegrate our children from prison. Up to 10 women go in out of our Halfway House at a time, some stay longer, others come and go. Our socialworkers counsel them and try to plant a seed of hope in each and every heart. Daily workshops help the women gain self-confidence and with time they learn how to cope with their lives again. Our socialworkers walk small steps with them but it the end every little step is worth it.


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Feb 17

Having fun!

What fun! A group of friends from International School of Kenya (ISK) come to the Nest at Limuru every Wednesday and do Yoga and craft with the kids. This is really special fo our children as they forget about their worries and simply have an afternoon of fun. Thank you guys for coming!

Look at my hippo!!!

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Dec 16

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas from The Nest children in Limuru!

Merry Christmas from the children of our women at Halfway House!

We thank all our friends from all over the world for you wonderful support. Your gift of hope is our future!

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Sep 16

School uniforms!

Our older children require school uniforms to visit the local school in Limuru. The rules are very strict and even the socks have to be the right colour. In case the uniform doesn’t dry after washing due to cold weather the child has to stay at home. At the moment we have 16 kids who attend the local school. When we bought them new uniforms the were so happy and sang songs of praise for half an hour!

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May 16

Mealtime at the Baby’s Nest

Shortly before the meals it gets a little louder at the Baby’s Nest. When 24 babies are ready to eat they will let everyone know! And when silence begins we know all is well…

 

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Mar 16

Easter season

Its a hot Easter Season this year. Temperatures have gone up even in Limuru, which lies at an altitude of nearly 2000m and is usually sunny with a cool breeze. The rains are yet to come.

During this season the children at The Nest children’s home spend much time outdoors. They start the day by brushing their teeth right outside the front door, they drink their porridge in the morning sun and spend the afternoons playing in the playground. The warm sunshine is much appreciated in Limuru where the laundry often doesn’t dry for days and days….