Minto Team Members
CAREGIVERS AND ASSISTANTS
The home is run by Mama Susan and three other Minto team members. Devinah Kemunto a matron and a mother of one, has been working here for the last four years.
The girls have become an inseparable part of our lives. I chose to Volunteer here to make the girls have an easy time to do their studies. I do the cooking and cleaning but the girls help out especially when schools are closed says Kemunto.
We have taught the girls to be responsible adults. They start learning and Practicing basic house chores at a tender age and the older ones help the younger ones to dress and eats,” she adds.
Her husband, Shem Ogari is the caretaker of the home and he essentially guards the main gate and keeps track of the visitors who visit the children.
“I always ensure I know the whereabouts of the children whether they are off to school or to church. I do not let in strangers without knowing their motives”. Says Ogari.
Olpha Nyangweso is another matron at the home she has also devoted her life to serving the children. She says meal times are another hustle and sometimes the children barely get enough to eat.
“On average a bale of maize flour or 25 kilograms of rice can only last three days do we are forced to minimize the amount of food we prepare so that it can last longer because we live not knowing where our next meal will come from,” she says.
The children are well discipline and have been instilled Christian values of the Seventh day Adventist church, where Mama Susan has been a member for many years.
“We have a daily routine of doing our devotion early in the morning before we start our day and later in the evening before we go bed. Each one of us has to take part and it is a moment which we highly enjoy,” says Victoria Charo, one of the children at home.
Ms Charo who will sit for her Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education examinations this year 2018,joined the home at six years old. This is the home that she identifies with and Mama Susan is like her mother.
I believe I will pass my exams and proceed to pursue my dream of being a doctor” says Victoria. The children get Medical services from a volunteer nurse who is a friend to Mrs. Ochwangi.