Name of the caregiver: Michael Njoroge
Age of the parent: 30 years
Name of the child: Penina Wangui
Child's Date of Birth: 27/10 /2009
My name is Michael Njoroge I’m 29 years old years old single father of two children, Penina 6 years and her younger sister Jane who is eleven months old. Penina joined Jukumu as an infant in the year, 2012, back then I was married to her late mother who was epileptic, when I heard about Jukumu and their services given my late wife’s condition I opted to take Penina to Jukumu to be sure that she was well taken care of. At that point we were really struggling financially and given the fact that she was epileptic it meant extra costs in terms of finances, one day my late wife came home after picking my daughter at school and told me that Jukumu had agreed to give her some light casual duties, which were less risky given her condition under maximum supervision by at least one staff member that she was to work always under, just in case she experiences her epileptic episodes. I had mixed reactions when she told me the news , since she was very excited I opted to support her. We ushered 2015 with a lot of excitement for we were only a month away from receiving our bundle of joy. In the month of February 2015 we were blessed with a baby girl Jane, we were very excited and looked forward to her turning four months, then the mother would resume her casual job in Jukumu, and once again help me fend for our children, unfortunately in June 2015 my late wife collapsed and died in our house while preparing our daughter for school. I could see she was actually dead but I was in denial, I still rushed her to the nearest hospital where the obvious was confirmed, I felt like the world had come crumpling on me, I kept on looking at our children not knowing what to tell or do with them especially my four months old baby who kept on crying for breast milk. My six year old daughter was obviously aware of what had transpired but was not certain whether the mother was actually dead because she was used to the fact that she could fall from time to time. I got home after taking my late wife body to the morgue only to learn that my child had been given wrong information how the mother was going to come back home with me, all through she was eagerly waiting for her both parents. Upon arrival she asked where her mother was. I still was a afraid of confirming the worst news ever to her ,I gathered courage and told her the truth I still remember her reaction with a lot of bitterness till now. I’m really grateful to Jukumu for supporting us with bereavement counseling, financial support during the trying moment and supportive counseling for the child after the burial. Thank you so much Jukumu for being there for us when we most needed you, for understanding my needs as a single father and for taking up the motherly role which can never be replaced, thanks to your services and support, that our faces shone once again, we were able to face the reality with ease and another day with a smile. Thank you for encouraging me not to separate the children despite the pressure I was getting from my family, it’s through you that I saw the importance not separating the children no matter the circumstances, thank your helping me come up with the best workable ideas to support my children. JUKUMU TO ME MEANS A FRIEND AND PARTNER IN ALL SEASONS.