We'd like to think that after a rescued child joins a Kinship Home, their new family and essentials like a warm meal and a safe bed could fix everything for them.
But the transition into a Kinship Home isn't always easy. Many children are used to focusing on survival and feeling constant fear and hesitation to trust.
Children bring their own heavy emotions and heartbreak that they need time to heal from — children like Kulechu.
Kulechu's problems started before he could even speak. His father passed away when he was just eight months old. And his mother turned to alcohol.
He grew up with fear, anxiety, abandonment, and anger. He also suffered from untreated jiggers, tiny parasitic fleas that burrow into the skin and expand, causing painful sores and difficulty walking and moving.
That’s a lot for anyone, let alone a young child. He needed relief. And fast.
When Kulechu was seven years old, social workers discovered his situation and rescued him. He joined the Bosnia Kinship Project in Kenya shortly after. Pastor Esau, the Kinship Leader in Bosnia, remembers, "I had seen people eaten by jiggers, but for [sic] Kulechu broke my heart and made us very sad."
Pastor Esau said, "It is always heartbreaking to see any child's [sic] suffer; this one haunted me."
After Kulechu joined the Bosnia family, he kept to himself early on. He tried to navigate living in the Kinship Project using his engrained survival techniques, even stealing food, but time after time, his new Kinship family gave him love that helped him overcome all the hatred and fear he had.
After some time and a lot of care, Kulechu began to heal from his trauma and was enrolled in school. He worked hard to get good grades and eagerly awaits his high school graduation next year. As a child, he dreamt of being a doctor. Those dreams had all but vanished before he joined the Bosnia Kinship Project.
But today, his dreams are alive and well, and he's working towards becoming the doctor he'd always hoped to be.
This now 17-year-old polite and intelligent young man has his entire life ahead of him. And none of it would be possible without help from incredible supporters like you.
Thank you for loving these children as much as we do. Your prayers and contributions remind children like Kulechu that kind-hearted people around the world are cheering them on.
Welcoming a child into a Kinship Project is a long-term commitment. We need your help to make sure we can care for all of our Kinship Kids and be prepared for any new children who need us. Will you make a life-saving gift to help make continuous rescue and care possible? 100% of your support goes to where you designate.