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Day 27

Today I accompanied a couple of our staff members to Eldoret to drop off an orphan that had been staying in the drop-in center. His parents died of AIDS and his only family member is an older woman that cannot support him. He is only seven and is not a proper fit living with the older street children at the drop-in center. Luckily, our program director used to live in Eldoret and her children went to a great school that had a connecting orphanage. She spoke with the head of the school, a British pastor who has been in Kenya since the 60s and there was a spot open for him.

I was having mixed feelings about the whole situation. I knew an orphanage was definitely better than the drop-in center for him, and the staff had made an effort to locate other family members to no-avail. Once we arrived though, I knew it would be the best place for him. The school and grounds looked so nice. They use the private school tuition to cover the costs of the orphans. He was placed in a group home that is headed by a married couple who live there with all of the children. The place was nicer than the nice hotels in Kakamega. Although definitely a religious school, it didn’t seem any different than any of the other very religious institutions here (pretty much everything is very religious, as are all of the schools). When we first arrived I could tell he was getting nervous and a bit overwhelmed but once he saw the home and found out he was going to get to go swimming and take computer classes he was very excited. WEAEP-K also got all of the legal paperwork done to guarantee that he will receive the land he has inherited from his parents when he turns eighteen. It was definitely a bittersweet day but I was glad to be able to be there to say goodbye to him.

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