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  • Kago (written by Kago)
  • Daniel KagoDaniel "Kago" Kamau ist der Manager des Malaika-Homes. Seine Aufgaben sind die Verwaltung der Finanzen, Eink?ufe, der Kontakt mit den Beh?rden, die Pflege des Gartens und die Bearbeitung des Feldes. Gl?cklicherweise ist er sehr vielseitig und wirkt im Haus auch als Tischler, Elektriker, Klempner, Koch und ? sehr wichtig! ? als erziehender "Dad" und guter Freund der Kinder. Er ist rund um die Uhr im Heim und f?hrt nur alle zwei Wochen zu seiner Familie, die 70 km entfernt wohnt. Unsere Zusammenarbeit klappt hervorragend. [ Lebenslauf ]

    I was born in 1967 in a village called Githioro in Baringo District. This name Kago I was given by my grandfather simply because we share the same name with my father ?Kamau?. By then my father was working as a watchman in a forest. In 1971 my father was transferred to another forest. I was still a young boy.

    In 1974 I joined my primary education in class 1. In 1982 I sat for final examination and I acquired good points to join Secondary School. In 1986 I sat for final examination and I joined my family because I didn?t perform well enough to join form five and six.

    In 1989 my father bought a piece of land in Molo district. We didn?t live there for long because in 1992 there was a tribal clash and our houses were burnt down.

    In 1994 my father sold that piece of land and shifted to Gilgil where he still lives today. In 1993 I met my cousin who was a carpenter and he trained me to be a carpenter.

    In 1992 I got married. My uncle gave me a small house to stay with my wife. In November 1993 my wife gave birth to a girl by name Grace (after my mother). By this time my life was too difficult because of too little money. It was not enough to bring up a family of three. So we decided for her to go back to Molo and start farming. In 1996 I joined my wife and Grace and we continued farming.

    In 1998 my wife gave birth to another child: a boy Kamau (after my father). Life became a bit better. In 1999 we bought a piece of land. We put up a house for ourselves. In 2002 our third child was born: our boy Kibugi (after my father-in-law). In May my mother died after a long illness of diabetes. We lived there for the next six years with not so many problems because I was a good farmer and had some cows and sheep. Also we put up a little kiosk and life was nice.

    In 2007 after the general election ? this is a time I will never forget in my life. The same tribal clashes erupted again, but this time it was much worse than in 1992. My house was burnt down, we drove off my 5 cows and 11 sheep, and all my belongings were burnt: bedding, clothes, bicycle, TV-set, radio. We lived in a tent for more than 3 months. I got a job as a house caretaker. And immediately when I had started, the Malaika-people came and rented the place. They took me as a casual worker for some months and afterwards they took me into the Malaika-team. So now I am a member of the Malaika-family!

  • Regina (written by Regina)
  • Regina WanjikuRegina Wanjiku ist f?r unsere Kinder Mutterersatz: Sie k?mmert sich um das leibliche Wohl der uns anvertrauten Kids, um die W?sche, den Haushalt, das Kochen. Sie macht Arztbesuche und hilft abends bei den Hausaufgaben. Und f?r eine Spielstunde hin und wieder mit den Kleinen nimmt sie sich auch noch Zeit. Auch Regina ist rund um die Uhr im Heim. [ Lebenslauf ]

    My name is Regina Wanjiku. I was born in Thika district in 1968. I was born in a big family of eight: 4 girls and 4 boys. I was the fourth of eight children.

    I joined Primary School until 1985, afterwards I helped my mother in the house, with the garden and the cow.

    My father died in 1982 and that is why my mother couldn?t afford paying for my Secondary School. She had to pay already for three other children. I was married in 1990.

    I got my first-born daughter in 1990, the second one ? she is standard 8 now. The last born is top class.

    I was divorced, and after that I went to my sister?s home who helped me to educate my daughters in Secondary School and also helped me in other ways. I joined Malaika-team in May 2009 and am very happy to be in Malaika-family because Malaika-people they are nice people to be with them.

    Especially Mama Malaika who accepted me to be one of them.

  • Ann: Life Histoy (written by Auntie Ann)
  • AnnAnn ist unsere "gute Fee": Sie r?umt und putzt und w?scht und kocht. Wo immer etwas nach Arbeit aussieht: Ann ist da und erledigt ohne Murren, was getan werden muss. Trotz ihrer K?rperbehinderung ? durch eine schwere Erkrankung als Kind hat sie ein verk?rztes Bein - h?rt man nie Protest oder St?hnen oder ein Nein. Sie hat einen wunderbaren Humor und kann herzlich lachen. Einmal w?chentlich bleibt sie ?ber Nacht. [ Lebenslauf ]

    I was born in 1961 in Transzoia District. I am the first-born of 12 brothers and sisters altogether. 3 of them died. I started my school in the year 1967 in standard 1. I could not continue with my studies because of my leg. I was taken to Kijabe Hospital and I was tested, but they never got the disease. So I was taken to Kenyatta Hospital where they tested with an X-ray.

    They found that it was TB in the bone. Then I was taken to Kabete Hospital. They said an operation must be done. But an operation was not possible because I was only 8 years, and they said I must be 12 years. I was always in hospital, because my leg stayed short, till I was twelve years. Then they took me again to Kabete Hospital where the operation was done. There I could not walk, so they gave me sticks so that I was able to walk.

    I went back to school when I was fourteen years old and I began again at standard 1. I continued with the school up to standard four where I dropped out of school. I stayed at home helping my parents. I got married, but I did not stay with my husband because his friends were telling him that he had married a lame person. I left him, but in 1980 I had already given birth to a son. I again got married with another man who was a Kisii. There I lived with him and we got five children and right now I have five boys and one girl (Bugna, Suzanne, James, Jeremiah,Paul, Kevin). But then I was divorced.

    I worked in a tea factory for twelve years, afterwards I worked in Kazan Garden in Rongai for producing herbs and pesticides. I was affected by the clashes in 2007/08 where all my properties were burnt down. At that time I was living in Salga. I left and came to Nakuru to Showground where I had to live with my children in tents.

    Here in Nakuru I began struggling for a job, but I got no work. One day I went to church where I found a brochure writing about Malaika Children?s Home. A few days later I came here working voluntarily. But Mama gave me something to pay the rent for the house and the rest for feeding the children, also for taking them to school. It is not enough, but I appreciate it and I thank Mama for this work and I am happy about it. Meanwhile I am a full member of the staff.

    I have my parents: both of them live in Molo Division Mukinyai Farm, but they are old. Thanks for everything, God bless you!

  • Cecilia (written by Cecilia Mwikali Nguta)
  • CeciliaCecilia ist neu im Team, und wir kennen sie noch nicht so gut. Aber mit Schwung ging sie in diesen neuen Job und k?mmert sich vor allem um die j?ngeren Kinder. Wenn wir uns einmal pro Woche abends mit den ?lteren Kinder zum "Runden Tisch" treffen, um Probleme zu diskutieren, dann bleibt sie ?ber Nacht da.

    Seit Januar 2011 erprobt sie unseren “Malaika-Kindergarten”. Mit Hilfe von Anregungen durch die Waldorf-Kindergärten in Nairobi entwickelt sich dieses Projekt sehr erfreulich, und etliche Kinder aus der Nachbarschaft sind begeistert dabei. “Learning by Playing” − das ist unsere Devis − für viele Kenianer eine sehr befremdliche Idee.


    Nie ist sie sich zu fein, um auch andere Arbeiten im Haus zu erledigen, wenn "Not an der Frau" ist. [ Lebenslauf ]

    My name is Cecilia Mwikali Nguta. I was born on 23rd April 1981. I was the eldest of four and grew up with my grandparents because my mother was working in Mombasa. I loved my grandparents very much and I still believe I was so lucky to be with them.

    When I was nine, I went back to my parents and my brothers and sisters, but that was a hard time. The other grandmother who lived with us, was very, very strict and harsh and never allowed me to play. Instead I had to work so hard. Two years later, I was allowed to return to my grandparents. I was so happy!

    After my exams in secondary school I worked in a stationary shop for quite a while. Then I went to college to get a certificate as a social worker. In 2007 I passed my exams.

    My younger sister and her little baby are living with me now, so we are together again.

    I love children very much, so I hope everybody will appreciate my work here as a social worker at Malaika Children?s Home.

  • Moses Gachunji (written by Moses)
  • MosesMoses hat zwei Jobs: Tags?ber ist er Student am College, um ein Diplom f?r Sozialarbeit zu erlangen. Ale ?brige Zeit widmet er den Kindern im Malaika-Home: Er hilft bei Hausaufgaben, kocht, w?scht ab, bringt die Jungen ins Bett, spielt Fu?ball und verwaltet die B?cherei. Solch ein Doppeljob ist hart, aber sein Einsatz bei Malaika hat ihm die Chance eines Studiums erm?glicht. [?Lebenslauf ]

    I was born on 24th August 1984 by a single mother who was 16 years old, but after two years she died due to a lightning shock. So i was left with my grandparents. They were casual labourers in people?s farms earning very little but they tried to raise us although they had already 11 children and only five of them had their own homes. Because of the financial crisis in the family only two of my uncles managed to get secondary education and the other dropped out of school to help my grandparents and the rest went up to class eight primary level. My grandparents loved me so much, thus they did their best to enrol me in a secondary school. But the only school they could afford was poorly equipped. I, however, had my desire to achieve academically to help my family.

    After my secondary education i did not pass well enough to be enrolled in government universities for a degree where i could be supported by the government through school loan. So i tried my aunt who was financially able to take me back to form four to repeat the exams. But she refused and the other uncles had married and had their children. When i told them about my education they told me they had their own families to take care, that they were unable and i should not bother them. So I got a manual job in a flower shop to raise money for my college. But the money was never enough because i was underpaid and i had to meet my expenses and support from my grandparent who now could not do too much.

    After five years i had no savings and no progress. I made up my mind to stick to my dream and i borrowed 600 ksh from a friend and went and registered for a diploma in a university. Then i took the letter to my home area councillor who helped to get a bursary from the Constituency Development Fund which i started the college with. I explained my situation to the college management and they accepted me. Later when my aunt saw my passion she sent 10,000 ksh. Then i wrote to my mother's cousin who was in the US and he sent 10,000. But he said i should not bother him any more.

    I was progressing in college. I In the following semester i was to pay 49,000 but i only managed to raise 28,000 and i talked with the manager. He accepted me to have my exams. Through this semester i was still working in a computer stationary for house rent, transport and food as i was the one who was responsible.

    The second semester became the hardest as the Constituency Development Fund reduced their support to 4,365 ksh saying that too many people had applied and they could not afford enough. This was too mad for the management anatd they sent me out of school. I stayed at home trying my best for one and half year when my grandparents organized a fundraising . They actually managed to raise a full semester fee of 45,000 ksh and the fee balance which was 19,000. In the one and half year i managed to know a group of friends (Salama Malaika) that run a children home where i worked as a volunteer and sponsored a computer course for three months and they gave me a job where they paid me in advance for four months. That helped me to pay the second year first semester fee. Moreover my uncles had promised to help but the unfortunate happened and my best friend and source of strength - my grandmother - died and i felt as if my world was gone. She was the only one who understood me, i love her very much. So in this we had to raise her burial expenses ? this meant we used the money that my uncles had already raised. Only two weeks until the re-opening of college! All my uncles are casual labourers who earn from manual jobs which are not consistent. They said they were not able to raise the money again. I could not see a way out but with the help of Salama Malaika i got a loan and paid the fee which the management of college had said i would not take the end semester's exams without. Now i am remaining with one semester to go starting from January - April 2011. Then there will be field attachment in May to August if i manage to raise this semester school fee which is 50,700 Ksh. Let?s hope the best!

The German Team

  • Geert Schroeder
  • Since 2000:
    → He was the one who had the idea of opening Malaika-Home and he is one of the founders.
    → He has paid many visits to Kenya, beginning in the year 2000.
    → He has had experience with several other projects in Kenya.
    → He wrote his university thesis on the topic of Bogoria Lake and stayed at Bogoria Lake for five months during the research phase – also learn ing Kisuaheli.

    His jobs in Malaika e.V.:
    He is “Malaika’s” most successful fundraiser.
    → In order to draw the attention of the media and the public to the most pressing problems in Africa, including poverty and AIDS, and in particular to our Malaika-Project, he organized an expedition in 2007: “1000 km on bikes around Germany”! He was accompanied by his friend Juergen Walti.
    → Subsequently he took part in a 10,000-km-fundraising-tour throughout Africa (“grenzerfahrungen”).
    → With his organization, “planetview”, which arranges and manages slide-shows with well-known globetrotters, he tries to motivate his partners to support Malaika.
    → He presents slide-shows about Malaika.
    → Geert speaks Kisuaheli.

  • Kristiane Ewert
  • Since 2000:
    → She joined various projects in Kenya (Mosocho/Kisii and Yala/Oyugis) under the auspices of the German relief organization “Fink” to learn more about how to generate income for women, about questions of gender in Kenya, about the issue of female circumcision and about ways to improve solar cooking.
    → She worked as a teacher with children:
    → “Aktion Afrika” in the Realschule Salzgitter-Bad.
    → fundraising events: Bike-a-thon, Running for Malaika, etc.
    → involving Sigmar Gabriel, former Minister for the Environment and now Chairman of the SPD.
    → She retired from her job as a teacher in 2008 to start the Malaika-Home in Nakuru.
    → Since 2008 she has been the director of Malaika Children’s Home in Nakuru.

    Her jobs in the Malaika-Project:
    → Chairwoman of Malaika e.V.
    → Working at the Malaika-Project in Nakuru since July 2008.
    → Fundraising in Germany when present in Germany.
    → Advertising/writing texts/translation.
    → Contacting German donors and schools.
    → Contacting Kenyan donors, officials, business people and the media.

  • Anne Fuehrmann
  • Since 2008:
    → Taking photos for Malaika e.V. (for the Homepage, Newsletters, Flyer)
    → Design and layout of brochures etc.

    Anne is learning Kisuaheli .
    Anne has started working on a project for street-children but couldn’t proceed because she had to go back to Germany for job-reasons.

  • Renke Schroeder
  • Since 2009:
    → The advisory lawyer in Germany.
    → Vice-chairman of Malaika e.V.
    → Raising funds.
    → Expanding contacts in Berlin.
    → Designing layout for brochures.

  • Sibylle Dost
  • Since 2009:
    → Advisory fundraiser.
    → Expanding contacts around Hamburg.
    → Paid a visit to the Malaika-Project in Kenya.

  • Andrea Weckwert
  • Since 2009:
    → Fundraising.
    → Organizing team-meetings.
    → Writing texts.

  • Juergen Walti
  • Since 2007:
    → Helping with computer-work and the homepage.
    → Took part in Geert’s fundraising tour on bikes around Germany in the year 2007.

  • Thorsten Hoyer
  • Since 2009:
    → Fundraising by organizing spectacular events.

  • Doris Mette
  • → Fundraising.
    → Helping to organize Malaika info-stands.

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