Kenya Children's Home

Maria's story

Maria, Scotland

"The biggest reward has been, seeing the children enjoying all the different activities. Seeing the children with smiles on their faces and a spring in their steps is the most rewarding part of this experience. The more time you spend with the children, aunties and House Mums the more you begin to feel part of a family, and for an outsider to feel a part of a family is very important and rewarding in itself.

Every single day is a new adventure at KCH, every day is different.  You never know what the day will bring, and that’s what makes the experience so exciting and rewarding. Being surrounded by very welcoming staff and volunteers makes this experience even easier and more enjoyable. I was lucky enough to be here at the same time as Gill another volunteer from Scotland, who has become a really good friend and has made my experience more fun and easier.

My favourite part of volunteering at KCH was having the opportunity to work alongside the nurses in the nursery. I was lucky enough to have spent a short time visiting KCH early in the year, and during that visit I built relationships with some of the babies. I returned to Kenya again, 5 months later and seeing not only how much they had grown in size, but also in confidence and their personalities was a great feeling.

The biggest challenge for me was the language barrier. English being my second language made the communication aspect of the experience even more challenging. The Kenyan culture is very different from my own back home, so it took me some time to get used to the food, culture and lifestyle of the Kenyan people."

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