"Every year, I see the joy that gifts give to parents and their children. They feel loved, appreciated and find comfort in knowing that they too can celebrate Christmas like many others,” says Margaret, project director at KE505 Child Development Centre.
Christmas time in Nairobi City can be seen in the twinkling lights and heard in the sound of Christmas carols. End-of-year Christmas sales are plastered on mall entrances and shop windows. Just like it happens here in Australia, advertisements pop up on every television and radio channel, luring shoppers into a spending frenzy.
For a lot of Kenyan families, Christmas is not complete without kids going to church in a new set of clothes and shoes, decorating their houses with balloons and glitters, and ravaging a favourite dish of chapattis, beef stew and vegetables, which is common during festivities. But poverty quickly shatters many anticipated celebrations.
Last Christmas, Compassion sponsored children across Kenya received brand new clothing as a Christmas present. It gives the children something to look forward to each Christmas. These gifts are a demonstration of love from one home to another, from a sponsor to a child, from one heart to another.
Words by Silas Irungu and Monique Wallace
Photo by Silas Irungu