Hadija joined Footprints in April 2010.
From where Hadija started her life ..............
Hadija is the sister of Bakari and Hassan, she is also the cousin to Ali.
In 2010, after the death of her mother, her grandmother took on the responsibility of all four siblings.
Her fathers whereabouts was unknown. There were also other children being looked after by her grandmother - in this area of utter poverty.The family were identified by The Kenyan Children's Welfare Society (a none governmental organisation.)
Kerry and Patrick visited the home to assess the needs of the children and resue them from their ferral existance.After the initial assessment, very quickly all of the children were rescued in to the care of Footprints.
Hadija had no birth certificate or clinic card to identify her age and it took 4 year, worikng with the Kenyan court system to get her any legal documentation.
On arrival at Footprints it was obvious that there was much to learn.
It took many weeks for Khadija to acclimatise to her new surroundings and accept the certainty of her new life.It was apparent that Hadija had a huge personality, a caring nature and was willing to lean. Even at a young age she was able to voice her opinions.
This is what living at Footprints achieves!
Hadijas confidence has grown every day since she arrived. Hadija is growing into a beautiful young lady, her personality shines through her warm contagious smile. She has developed a sense of caring and thoughtfulness towards her siblings and all of the staff who care for her at Footprints.
Her willingness and confidence to speak out and voice her views is admirable. Hadija has academically achieved great things but more so in her participation in extra-curricula activities at school. She has become a Scouting Leader and this role allows her to demonstrate her leadership skills.
Mama Kerry and Hadija share a bond like any other mother and daughter.
Hadija at her new Secondary School.
Chebukaka Girl's School.
Hadija has now started the next part of her education. After doing so well in her exams last year she is now attending a very good girl's school called Chebukaka
You can see from these photographs that she looks happy and confident.