Do you remember your first day of high school â€“ entering campus and feeling the mixture of excitement, pride, and trepidation as you advanced to the next level of your education?
For three of the children who have grown up in our Family Homes in Nakuru that day is quickly approaching. These three are the first students from our Carmel and Bethel Homes to reach high school age.
Though New Lifeâ€™s primary goal for each rescued infant is to secure a suitable adoptive or foster family, the Childrenâ€™s Act in 2001 caused a temporary drop in adoptions and many of the infants rescued during that time were impacted. Children who might otherwise have been adopted missed the opportunity because of legal constraints. Our current high school students were each brought to a New Life Home during this time period and have been in our care since infancy.
In Kenya, students sit for major national exams at the end of primary school and the results determine the high schools they will attend. All three New Life students performed exceptionally well on their exams! We are extremely proud of their achievements and the great example they are setting for the younger children in our Family Homes by remaining commited to their studies. This February they will each proceed to high school, also known as secondary school, and are eagerly awaiting their placement.
The staff at New Life are honoured to have had the opportunity to care for and raise these children and help provide a future for them. We look forward to witnessing them make new friends, connect with teachers, and the impact that their secondary education will have in each of their lives. As Nelson Mandela put it: â€œA good head and good heart are always a formidable combination. But when you add to that a literate tongue or pen, then you have something very special.â€