Recently, on a visit to the United States to address health concerns for his adopted son, Mocha Club/African Leadership Country Director, Dennis, shared with us the truly amazing story of his son. The following are excerpts from Dennis’ story:
“Sometime during the night of October 31, 2010 and the early morning hours of November 1, 2010, a lady gave birth to a baby boy and for some unknown reason decided she could not keep the child, and instead threw him into an 18 foot public pit latrine toilet in Muthua slum within Karatina township, Kenya. To this day no one knows who the woman was or where she even came from. Most people think she wasn’t even from that area. She disposed of the baby sometime, most likely during the dark hours of the night, so as not to be seen by anyone. Otherwise, we were told, she knew she would face mob justice and be burned alive by the people of that area.
We were told by the nurse of the hospital that normally babies found in pit latrines, because of the weight of the placenta, are pulled down face first into the miry muck of feces where they are found suffocated to death. But not this special baby. Instead, somehow this baby boy fell all the way down to the bottom landing on his back, face up. And even after falling such a long distance, no broken bones or internal injuries were found anywhere in his body. It was as if an angel slowly lowered him down.
He lay there in that filth for hours until some man, some “good Samaritan” as he has been called, came to that latrine, and after using it, heard the weak cries of a baby. After searching around and outside of the latrine, he realized the cries were coming from deep inside the latrine. It was in those moments he chose to risk his own life to go down to rescue the baby. In order to get to him he had to dig a parallel vertical hole down beside the pit and then dig over so as not to cause the latrine to cave in on top of the baby and himself. We were told it took him 2 grueling hours to dig him out and in the process the good Samaritan had to be pulled out in order to get air because he was being suffocated.
Most of the people around told him to just stop his effort and let the baby go, but he was determined and went back down until he pulled him safely out. Both came out covered in feces, and the slimy filth, flies, and maggots from the pit below. Once this good Samaritan came out, he handed the baby over to a woman, removed his shirt, washed off and went his way, and has never been seen again. He wasn’t a local to that area and no one knows who he was.
…On November 28th, 2010 Baby Jacob made the long 150 kilometer journey to Nairobi where he spent the next 5-6 months of his life [at the New Life Home medical facility]. The staff received him with joy, realizing what a miracle he was. We were told that he was one of their “favorites” and rarely ever cried, as he stole the hearts of many with his sweet personality and smiles. The New Life Home staff and volunteers gave him the special care he needed and showered him with lots of love and affection. He soon turned into a chubby ball of cuteness.
There were many volunteers who came just to see him. And it was there in the infant room of New Life Home where we saw and held our son Benjamin for the first time on Saturday, April 30, 2011. It was love at first sight to say the least…”
Our team found this miraculous story of life so touching that we couldn’t wait to share it with the Mocha Club Community. We are so thankful for the caliber of leaders we have on the ground in Africa and the many ways they are addressing the needs of orphans in their communities.