Visit to Igoji – Part 1

Some of our supporters have visited the Eusebia Hope Centre in August. Here is a report from one of our younger visitors:

This summer, I visited the Eusebia Hope Centre with my family. When we arrived, all the children came out to meet us and sang some beautiful songs. Their three teachers were there and Mr Mutugi organised lots of football games and running races – some of the children are really fast at running!

The children all sleep together in a boys’ room and a girls’ room. It looked like lots of fun, but I think after a while it may get difficult not to have your own bedroom. It made me think about what it might be like to not have parents to care for me. I’m glad the Centre is there to look after all the children.
 
We brought along some toothbrushes and toothpaste that friends from our school had given us to take, and gave them out and helped teach everyone how to brush their teeth. This was really funny as all the foam built up in our mouths and it was hard to talk to explain how to brush! Oscar really liked the minty toothpaste. 
Girls’ bedroom
I learned that just a few years ago some of the children I met there had been very ill and couldn’t walk. Many didn’t go to school and none of them knew when they’d next get a meal. My brother Alfred really enjoyed helping Kawira the Cook prepare lentils for dinner each night and all the food was always eaten up. It didn’t look easy cooking it all on a big pot over a fire, but it was really tasty. 
Cook, laundry lady and children
On our last day there we had a big party and danced for four hours all together.  Visiting the Centre was an amazing experience and I’d love to go back one day.
Charlotte Dunn (I’m crouching at the front between my brother and sister)
Thank you for your great report, Charlotte!

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