Levena joined us 17th August 2015.
From where Levena started her life ...............
Levena and her sister Rabecca were living only a stones throw away from Footprints.
They were living with their grandparents, their grandfather is in his eighties and they were really struggling to feed and look after the girls. He had heard of Footprints and paid the social worker at Footprints a visit explaining his desire for the two sister to have a brighter and safer future.
Rebecca was 5 and Levena was around 4 years old, however like many children in Kenya an exact date of birth is often never recorded and no medical information can be provided.
When the girls were visited at their home the conditions they were living in were shocking. Their bedroom was pitch black with no windows or electricity, they were sharing a bed with filthy sheets and a mosquito net full of holes!
The girls mother is suffering from mental illness and was attacked on two occasions resulting in both Rebecca & Levena. The mental illness meant the girls mother would disappear for weeks at a time leaving her daughters very vulnerable.
This is what living at Footprints achieves!
Levena had very little stimulation and encouragement up to the age of 4. She is now speaking English but has lots of catching up to do at school. Having the support she needs is making a real difference and I am sure she will soon be reading and writing.
She loves to play and particularly enjoys playing with the dolls and being creative.
The other children are helping her to socialise and enjoy life, as a five year old should.