Never say die: Baby born at Uhuru Park going strong seven months later
Atieno says she desires to go back to school or get a job. At the moment, she only has her class eight leaving certificate. She is still awaiting her National identity card which she applied in August. She is appealing to those who had promised to help to come through.
UPDATE ON REBECCA (lady who delivered at Uhuru Park)— Wanjiru Kihusa (@wanjirukihusa) October 18, 2019
1. Baby Hope is now 8 months old!
2. Rebecca applied for an ID in August and should have it soon. (We have the waiting card)
3. Unfortunately, the 2 companies that had promised a job/paid school have not come through. pic.twitter.com/d4zemgqdCX
If worse comes to worst, the money collected will be used to start up a small business and get a place for her to stay with her daughter. Part of it, she says will also be used to pay for National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) for her and her daughter at least for a year. How it all happened On that fateful day in March this year, moments after being fired from her hotel job, Rebecca Atieno, 20, headed to Nairobi's Uhuru Park, the only place she could find a moment's solace. Confused, hopeless and reeling from the symptomatic third-trimester pregnancy exhaustion, she found a spot at the park where she hoped to gather her wits. The previous night, her landlord had kicked her out for failing to pay Sh50 at a rundown lodging in Muthurwa. While still at the park trying to figure out what the future held for her, she felt the call of nature, but could not afford to pay for Sh10 that public toilets charge. “I did not have Sh10 and my phone was switched off, the attendant forced me to surrender the handset so she could let me use the facility,” said Atieno. At 2pm, her water broke and then pains followed, and with no money and phone, she knew she could not do anything - she was on her own. At this time, she tried standing against a tree near her; there was no one in sight to come to her rescue. After 30 minutes, Atieno gave birth to a baby girl, unassisted and wrapped her with her sweater. She did not expect to give birth to her baby, whom she named Hope, that day. She had gone twice for antenatal checks at Bahati Hospital in Nairobi's Eastlands, where she expected she would bring forth her child. And at Kenyatta National Hospital, where aid workers took her after they were alerted by a Good Samaritan who found she had delivered alone, she stood out from other new mothers surrounded by happy relatives, because of her loneliness.
She went as far as class 8 (we have her certificate). We would like for the money you guys donated (74,457) to be used as follows:— Wanjiru Kihusa (@wanjirukihusa) October 18, 2019
1. 6000 pay NHIF for Rebecca and Hope for 1 year
2. Some to be used to move and settle her
3. Some to be saved in an account of her choice
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