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Orphans report – “It is difficult to live without parents”

Fidel (11) lives with his brother Ronny (15) in a corrugated iron hut in the small village of Koliech in western Kenya. It’s a barren room with a bed without a mattress. Fidel’s mother has died, his father is seriously ill in a clinic.

The children are on their own – and therefore not the only ones. Many children live here as full or half orphans. To survive, Fidel and Ronny collect firewood and sell it. Fidel to BILD: “It is difficult to live without parents. We need someone. ”

At the “St. Michael Preparatory & Orphanage “school, Fidel and around 180 other children have finally found someone who is there for the little ones. The BILD aid organization “Ein Herz für Kinder” supported the project, which for the children is much more than just a school.

Ruzila (12) lives very close to Fidel. Her mother also sells firewood. On good days, she gets the equivalent of 50 to 80 cents for this. That’s enough for one meal.

Ruzila’s father went to the nearby lake three years ago and never returned. Whether he drowned or just ran away – the 12-year-old doesn’t know. “I wait for him every day,” she says, wiping away her tears.

One day Ruzila wants to become a nurse. Thanks to the lessons at the “St. Michael Preparatory & Orphanage “must remain your career aspiration, not a wish.

“Ein Herz für Kinder” supports school projects

Just like children in Germany, Ruzila and Fidel sit in the classroom at 10 a.m.: Biology is on the schedule of the fifth grade at the “St. Michael Preparatory & Orphanage “.

The school is run by Franciscan Sisters. For the children, everyday school life also includes two warm meals a day, clean drinking water – and of course education, which will hopefully enable them to have a different life at some point.

The kids love going to school – it’s a haven. The BILD aid organization “Ein Herz für Kinder” supported the facility with classrooms and learning materials, among other things.

Sarah (12) is already two grades above Fidel. One day she wants to be a journalist. “School is important,” she says. In the St. Michael School, the fee is so low that poor families can somehow raise the money. Those who have a particularly difficult time do not have to pay anything.

During the lunch break there is rice with beans for all children. Three nuns prepare the meal while the children play a game of soccer. Fidel explains: “My hobby is soccer because it’s good training. When you play, you feel good in your body. “

Feeling good – that’s easy for the children on the school premises. Here you can forget your worries for a few hours and work towards a future. “School is very important for the orphans and vulnerable children in this region,” says school director George Owidi (67).

He has been running this school for 13 years. “There was the HIV pandemic in the 90s. Many children became orphans. The women’s group wanted to help these children. The next public school was three kilometers away, the other even five. “

The seriousness of life begins after school

After class, Sarah goes home on foot across fields and dusty roads. Her mother and five siblings live in a small hut, the floor is a mass of dried mud.

There are fifteen large drinking water containers on the wall. Once a week Sarah and her mother have to fill up these barrels in the spring three kilometers away and then drag them back to their hut.

Fidel also came home from school. He and his brother have dried old corn for dinner.

While the sun is slowly setting over Kenya, a few zebras graze not far from Fidel’s hut. It is a wonderful sight for tourists – and a tough life for the children who have to cope here.

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