I visited a very special place here in Nairobi. I always heard stories about my great-uncle Tone and his wife Agnes, who came to Kenya to build up a SOS children’s village. So on Monday, I suddenly realized that now is the chance to take a look at it. Therefore I texted their son Mathew, and one day later we really got the chance to meet Virginia, who worked a long time together with them.
To give you an impression how I felt about this place, where Virginia showed Elias, Barbara and me around, I transcribed (and translated) a voice message for you, which I sent to Mathew afterwards:
Hi Mathew, Johannes here,
just wanted to tell you how amazing that was, how overwhelmed I am of all of this.
It’s unbelievable, I never imagined something like this. Thank you for enabling us to see this. Virginia is such a lovely person and showed us everything. […]
It was extremely thrilling for me to see what your mum and dad created and where you grew up! It was incredible, thanks for that!
Soâ€¦ you have to know, that Tone and Agnes didn’t build up “just” one or two of those paradises, but three! In the 30 years they lived here, they built up villages in Nairobi, Mombasa and Eldoret. Nowadays there are five of these in Kenya. I remember a story about him, where he had to bargain with the Maasai to get land from them, who didn’t understand that for him the children are of higher value than their cows.
I also have to thank you, dear Virginia, for showing us all of this. And of course thank you Tone and Agnes for your incredible work! Like I said before, this is more than I could’ve ever imagined!
Barbaras charity organisation
But this day wasn’t over yet. We visited a charity organisation Barbara worked for. She was interested how the local branch in Nairobi looks like. This was one of the most beautiful offices I’ve ever been to. We had a very interesting talk with Barbaras contact person.
Final trip of the day
After a further two-hour drive Paul showed us a property of his family.
So this was a pretty personal post for me, I hope you enjoyed it and would like to get your feedback in the comments 🙂
One Reply to “My great-uncle’s legacy in Kenya”
Hey Johannes , Nice article !
I am Joseph I was actually there until the age of 23 which was last year . Thanks to your great Uncle , its because of such people kids get to experience a love and care .