The Nest is a home for abandoned babies or babies that have parents in prison and is located within a five minute drive from our school. If you work at Rosslyn, it doesn’t take long to become familiar with The Nest and their mission in the community.
Good friends of ours here at Rosslyn, Kerry and Melanie, have been fostering children for the past number of years from The Nest. They bring a child, sometimes two, into their home and foster her for a few weeks or months as needed until the child can either go back to her home or be adopted by someone. (They have always chosen to foster girls but boys are available as well.) This past month a plea went out to our school for more families to foster because The Nest had more children then they had space for. At some point in our stay here in Kenya, I would not be surprised if we joined the effort to foster these children.
The Nest is a popular place for people from Rosslyn to visit in order to help for an hour or two with child care. Anisa is involved with a club at school that meets once a week and travels to The Nest in order to play with the children. Both Karen and Anisa enjoy visiting every once in a while on a weekend as well. The other week I went along and took some photos of our time there.
We arrived around 10:45am on Saturday morning and spent about an hour there. First we spoke with the director, Irene, washed our hands, and then went to the baby room and chose some babies to spend time with. Once we had chosen some children, we joined some workers and volunteers who were already outside with others.
Behind Anisa in the photo above you can see the many pieces of laundry hanging out to dry. I didn’t ask how often they wash laundry, but obviously you can’t let it build up too much or you never catch up!
The sun was warm and the babies were plenty.