New Beginnings – Maisha Iko Sawa - is a facility that supports people with developmental disabilities in one of the largest slums in the world in Kibera, Kenya. Due to extreme levels of poverty there is a lack of both resources and education for this population. Our mission is to empower and identify each individual’s unique talents and abilities. We achieve this by improving their self-esteem and self-worth through the power of education, community integration, and by offering a new beginning in life.
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Five year old Eva is a ray of sunshine. She was caught in a house fire early in life, resulting to severe trauma to both of her legs. The trauma to her right leg left her with a sub-par amputation above the knee and the trauma on her left leg left her with an amputation of the foot. Eva was lucky enough to have a previous volunteer fund her first set of prosthesis, but she is currently in need of a new pair. She is growing ulcers under each amputation site and needs a prosthetic with a knee joint for the left leg. Aside from Eva’s physical handicap, there is nothing that stops this little girl from loving every second of life. She crawls around everywhere when not in her prosthesis or she tugs on arm sleeves for a piggy back ride. Eva is our social butterfly and doesn’t let a single person pass by without a handshake or hello. Once we can get Eva’s legs to where she is comfortable and healthy, we will be graduating her from New Beginning and trying to enroll her into a local primary school.
Collins is 22 years old and is one of our students we have had at New Beginnings from the start. I can guarantee that you won’t be able to hold your smile back when you meet this beautiful soul. Collins has a laugh and smile that is contagious and will light up a room. When Collins was roughly age 6, he acquired an illness that resulted in brain damage. We believe he also sits on the Autism spectrum. This has made it very difficult for him to find his place in his community. Collins had never attended school until New Beginnings and now finds he has a place where he feels he belongs. New Beginnings is somewhere where he can learn, socialize, and be a productive member of his community. Collins really likes to show off his muscles and is willing to help whatever chance he can. Although we do not require our students to wear uniforms, Collins insists. He feels proud and that he is like all the other kids going to school. You will not see this boy out of his “school uniform” while attending New Beginnings. Collins is a breath of fresh air and we are so lucky to have him as a part of our family.
FOR YOUR HELP
Tea Journal has partnered with New Beginnings Charity Group, to build a school for disabled and mentality disable children in Kenya. We will be donating a percentage of our monthly sales to make a big difference in the children's lives.