On Saturday, UK Deputy High Commissioner Susie Kitchens joined the 25th anniversary celebrations of the New Life Home Trust.
British founders Rev. Clive and Mary Beckenham first visited Kenya in 1989 at the start of a 2 year assignment at a local Bible College. In 1992, towards the end of that assignment, Mary read an article in the local newspaper about HIV positive babies being abandoned in Kenyan hospitals which reignited a previous ambition to establish a children’s home in Africa.
Over the next two years, the couple sought advice and received encouragement from Drs. Paul and Mary Wangai regarding the vision they had to establish a home to care for sick, abandoned babies. In December 1993, they made the decision to open a new children’s home in Kenya and New Life Home Trust was established the following year.
Living upstairs in a residence in Loresho, they established the children’s home downstairs.
While looking after their own biological children, Clive and Mary cared for the abandoned children in their care. The first 3 babies the couple rescued were 1 week old, 1 month old, and 5 months old. A small team of staff did everything, receiving training on the job.