It was merry making at Happy Child Children’s Home in Narok town when about 14 police officers surprised them with Christmas gifts over the weekend.
The over 25 children got a rare chance to interact and make fun with the law enforcers who spent their whole Sunday cooking, cleaning the compound and playing with the minors.
“What an extraordinary opportunity to have fun with the police officers. We have learnt that police are so humane unlike the public perception that they are arrogant and ruthless lot,” said Margaret Ololchike, the Children Home Manager.
Ms. Ololchike who could not hide her joy thanked the officers for celebrating the Christmas festival with them challenging the society to follow the footsteps of helping the needy in the society.
“The community should be mindful of the less fortunate persons instead of judging them harshly on their background or appearance,” she added.
Ms. Ololchike explained how it was hard at first to accept welcoming the officers as she has always viewed them as anti- social people but changed her attitude after she realised that they are loving and kind.
“The gesture by the police officers away from their families to cook and share the little they have has made a positive difference to the kids and will go a long way to making them responsible adults,” she added.
Two teenage children, James Semedi and Priscilla Nyambura who have lived at the home since childhood were elated too by the hospitality of the police officers saying it was a big surprise to them.
“Today we feel very honoured and privileged to be cooked and served food by police officers. This shows how much they value and care for us. We are very grateful to you all,” said an emotional Nyambura.
The 10-year-old home hosting orphans and vulnerable children sits on a 50 by 100-meter plot. It hosts four categories of children among them complete orphans, single orphans, abandoned and vulnerable children.
Christians all over the world celebrate Christmas as a time to commemorate the birth of Jesus Christ. The festival is also associated as a period to share with the less fortunate in the society.
By Ann Salaton