By Thaddeus Bah Masika, president of the Rotaract Club of Nairobi Parklands, Kenya
In November, we visited children at Mother Teresa’s Home of Mercy, run by the Missionaries of Charity. For just a one day visit, it had a profound effect on our club and members, some of whom were moved to tears.
After meeting at 8 a.m. we traveled by public transportation to Huruma, a slum on the northeast edge of Nairobi, and walked the few meters to the home. We had three main goals in mind: clean the place, feed the children, and play with the children.
It is not easy to engage the children, since some of them have mental issues. But our team was determined to win smiles on their young faces. And in fact one of our members, Timothy, made such friends with one of the children that it was later difficult to part the two. Other members got emotional and had to find a place to re-compose themselves before continuing.
The home has a unique and effective system that has helped them keep time and ensure that no child is skipped or forgotten. The cleaning, feeding, and playtime is synchronized perfectly.
We learned that apart from the children inside the walls of the home, the sisters also go deep into the community to assist others. As we left, we were challenged by the thought that this was just one day of service at the home. What must it be like for the people who wake up every morning to tackle the same job?