What is the Footprints Orphanage?
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Footprints Orphanage has being created as a result of my passion and personal understanding for the physical and emotional needs of orphaned children.
I was born in 1964 to Peggy, an unmarried mother who gave me up for adoption. I was adopted by Sheila and Ron who gave me a loving childhood but I had many questions about my history which brought me many issues I fought to deal with and had to finally accept.
In 2007 I took time out from my own personal issues to work as a volunteer in a remote village in Kenya. My time was spent helping at a local school where I spent time with the teachers and children trying to understand the difficulties facing families in the rural village. I was humbled by the communityís relentless hard working daily life, without electricity and running water and their efforts to get food and water to survive day to day.
The plight of children in Kenya is overwhelming; many have been orphaned as a result HIV/AIDS and wander the streets alone in towns and villages, begging for food. Some are abandoned by their parents because they cannot afford to feed or care for them.
The experience was life changing and I returned to Kenya in January 2008 with a vision to build and sustain a home for children who have not only lost their parents or been abandoned, but lack even the basic needs of shelter, food, water, education, security and a sense of belonging to a family life. After purchasing an acre of land from a local farmer I returned to the UK to begin the huge task of fundraising and convincing people here in the UK of the difference we could make to a few of these desperate children.
It took nearly 3 years of determination and hard work and the support of many people in the UK and in Kenya but in April 2010 Footprints opened its doors to its first five children.
Itís been an amazing personal journey with many challenges but nothing is as satisfying and rewarding as seeing children with so much trauma in their early lives, smile and laugh again and have happiness and hope.