Linda arrived at our home on Tuesday 17th of September. She was found in Mathare slum where she came home with someone else’s kids. She remained there for two days while the lady looked for a mother. She did not change her nappy or cloths since she had nothing to change her into. Linda smelt atrocious. A quick bath and a change of cloths revealed a beautiful little girl. A few days revealed a fun loving affectionate and bright little lady. It broke out hearts when on Friday her mother came looking for her and we had to take her back to the police station to be reunited with her mother. What followed was a chilling encounter where the mother showed no emotion for her child. Linda showed recognition of the mother but showed no great hurry to go to her. When we put Linda down to see what she would do she walked slowly to her mother and leaned on her leg. Her mother made no move to pick her up or even look at her. The mother asked to talk to me outside. I asked that she talk inside the police office but she refused. I eventually had to agreed to go out side with her. She told us that she had been imprisoned and that the lady watching Linda had turned her to the street and stolen all her things. Her profession she told me, is finding old bottles and washing them to supply to illicit brewers. She asked that since she is now homeless would we take Linda for one month so she can prepare a home for her. We found her a shelter where she could stay with Linda for two weeks while she got on her feet but she refused the offer. In the end we agreed to take Linda for a period of one month. She promised to visit and call but we have not heard from her yet.
Update: we have no heard from Linda’s and can confirm that the phone number she gave is incorrect. Linda is doing very well.
UPDATE JAN 2015
Linda is now three. She loves to paint and sing. She does well in school. She still loves dresses and still cries when she does not get her pick of cloths or if another child wears an item of hers.
UPDATE August 2017
Linda is now five years old. She is doing well in school. No news about her mother.