Unlike Westerners, a birthday party in many African countries is not something that is typically celebrated. Besides being viewed as an unnecessary expense, for many children, especially as an orphan or vulnerable child, their birthdays are not known since many come from many disadvantaged backgrounds. For some, they may have been abandoned at the local hospital or the Children's Department by the mother leaving those who care for them as well as the child only a guess at what the actual birthday would have been.
Recently, the children of the Veronica Home were celebrated with a party that few in Kenya have ever seen and for these children, the celebration was one they will not soon forget! Even the announcement to the children of a birthday party sent them into celebration. The neighbouring Neema Project girls, another children's home and even some of the surrounding community joined in the festivities as the 14 children of the Veronica Home were celebrated like never before. Here is what Mark Kamondi, our Kenyan Director had to say about the event…
"Our main reason to celebrate these children is to show them how much we love them and we care about them. All have come from different backgrounds from which no one was ever worth celebrating them as a person. Seeing their happiness and joy that day was moving as we celebrated the birthday of 14 children, not wanting any to be left out. During this birthday party, we ate, we drank, we shared God's word and prayed for each of the children. It will be a day that none of them will forget!"
Did you know that YOU too are worth celebrating? You have a Father who loves you and rejoices over you in the same way. May none of us ever forget that! Mark Kamondi celebrates with the Chlidren