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Vikki P.

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Review for Kids Home International, Minneapolis, MN, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I first visited Kids Home International in July 2011 while volunteering for a community organisation in Kericho, western Kenya. During my 3 month stay in Kericho, I spent a few days each week helping out at the home and entertaining the kids. It's hard to put into words how much the kids and staff in KHI touched my heart. The kids have been through so much in their young lives and yet they have found their smiles and are full of fun. The staff are incredibly dedicated and so supportive of the kids; the fact that the home has such a happy and loving environment is down to the staffs' positive attitutes and devotion to each and every child.

Many children in Western Kenya become orphans due to HIV/AIDS, whilst others suffer neglect and/or abuse at the hands of their carers. KHI offers these children a home and family in which to grow, to be loved, become educated and feel supported. I can't praise the staff at KHI enough for the help they give the kids in their care. They work tirelessly day and night, acting as mothers and aunties to 30+ children, helping them deal with and move on from their early childhood traumas.

In December 2012 the KHI family moved into a new home which had been purpose built and donated to them. I was lucky enough to be able to spend Christmas 2012 with the kids in their new home and reconnect with the staff. The home is big enough to support 100 children - to enable them to care for that many kids, they need essentials such as beds, tables, chairs, clothes, food, etc., in addition to school equipment to create their in-built nursery school. I would not hesitate to support KHI and their work and Christmas allowed me to do just that and raise funds with family and friends to help purchase a few things they needed.

Volunteering with KHI and being able to support them a little has brought me a lot of happiness but more importantly has helped put smiles on small faces and that's worth more than anything!

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Role:  Volunteer