From Sadness to Safety

Gem Village, Kenya


Working with GHNI in Gem Village, Madam Catherine shared her thoughts with us, “Being born into a rich family or a poor family isn’t by choice. We do not have the option of choosing our parents before we are born, we just find ourselves where we are and without choices. It is very wrong to point fingers at children who have fallen victim to circumstance. Rejection and stigmatization are not part of animals’ lives. They are only part of man’s life due to a lack of understanding. We try our best to make the world a better place for all, both rich and poor.”


Sambur is a six-year-old boy whose parents died from HIV/AIDS when he was at the tender age of three. AIDS/HIV was passed onto Sambur. He was forced to live all alone in a thatched hut with only some wood for warmth and sleep. Even though Sambur was starving and ill from his weakened immune system, his relatives rejected him in fear that he may transmit the disease to their children. They kicked him out of the hut and sold the land, leaving Sambur nowhere to go but to the streets where he at least had leftovers from the hotels.


The streets had their own challenges and dangerous evils. When he was five-years-old, Sambur was sexually molested and left unconscious in the street. No one showed any concern for him until a good samaritan found him and took him to the hospital. He was treated with antiretroviral drugs and also needed treatment for a bad skin infection and a jiggers’ infestation. He had nowhere to go after he was released because the children’s homes and orphanage would not admit him because they argued his conditions were too much of a risk for them. Luckily enough, Madam Catherine with GHNI took him in like she has done with other children. GHNI has extended its hand of help and hope by putting up a dormitory for the poor and hurting. We are still working to see their lives fully transformed through a long-term, self-sustainable project.


Martin M.