Contented Babies and Adventurous Toddlers

Update from UK Trustees visit to our homes in Kenya

UK Trustees Tony and Gerry Denson recently flew out to Kenya to visit our four homes. Here they share with us what they got up while they were out there.

“We are recently back from our latest trip to New Life Homes Kenya and it was a joy to see each of the four homes was full of contented babies, adventurous toddlers and children and young people who were thriving in every way. There is still a backlog from Covid of reduced donations and volunteers but the staff continue to do a wonderful job despite the challenges. 

We were able to supervise the unloading and distribution of a container full of OT equipment which had been shipped from the uk free of charge by courtesy of the British Army – a collaboration between the army and Physionet, a UK charity which recycles redundant items for use abroad. The items were gratefully received by Amani Cottage, the additional needs unit at the Kisumu Home. We are very grateful to Physionet and the British Army for making this possible.

Unpacking the shipment

Amani Cottage, the home on the shores of Lake Victoria in Kisumu, Kenya, is now blessed with a full-time physiotherapist and occupational therapist. It’s great to see how the children are benefitting from daily therapy and monitoring based on each child’s needs.

We also had the privilege of giving presentations to various groups of staff members about the recent award of MBE’s to Clive & Mary Beckenham, Founders of New Life Home Trust.  We were able to give a first hand account of our day out at Windsor Castle with the Beckenham family and the King. These presentations were very well received accompanied by much clapping and cheering. One thing I found particularly moving was when Ann Wambugu saw CJ in the same room as the King, and reflecting on the fact that he was one of the first babies rescued by Clive & Mary, she said “from the pit to the palace”.”

Clive and Mary being presented with their MBE by King Charles

Here in the UK, we are committed to raising funds to send over to Kenya to continue this valuable work. Could you help support the work of New Life Home Trust? Visit our fundraisedonate and volunteer pages or contact us to find out more.