June 10, 2012
Earlier this year my husband and I had the privilege of volunteering for over a month at Hekima Place. Because we had been sponsoring one of the girls for several years we arrived with a prior knowledge of the wonderful physical set-up and the overall organization. What we didn't anticipate was the love and affection that is evident all day every day. It begins with Kate, the founder, director and competent administrator who loves each and every child. Kate was ill and thus out of sight for much of our first week. We will never ever forget the scene of her walking unsteadily and slowly, making her first appearance outside in about 5 days. The girls all raced to see and to touch her. A couple of the older ones, without being asked, sprinted across the spacious grassy area to get a chair for Kate. She in turn took the time to say something warm and loving to each child. We just watched, our eyes filled with tears. Approximately 10 to a house(and there are 4) the girls live with their"sisters" and a competent, caring house mum. We became very attached to these special women who make no secret of their love of the girls... some even take girls who are without families to their own homes during school holiday periods. In a myriad of ways we witnessed the love the girls have for their "sisters" of all ages in their houses, for their "sisters" in the other houses and for their "sisters" who used to live with them but are now boarding at High School. The latter come "home" to visit on school holidays. My husband spent a considerable amount of time working outside with the staff who are men. He was often touched by the affection they displayed for the girls. While there is much to be said about the merits of Hekima Place the love that permeates the atmosphere was our most significant impression. We will be back because we are part of the Hekima family and proud of it. Isobel St Georges
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