Mother to the motherless

Ruth Wanjiru runs a charitable organisation where she houses 32 children. However, her love and care for Joy Nyambura, an autistic child, stands out

Motherhood! Glorious, precious and difficult at the same time. putting someone else happiness before your own requires a love that goes beyond the of DNA. Ruth Wanjiru Kamau this all too well.

A single mother of two; a son aged and a daughter aged 19, Ruth runs charitable children’s institute in Ruai she takes care of 32 children between two and 19.

Of the 13 boys and 19 girls in the Joy Nyambura stands out. The girl with an infrectious smiule born autistic and Ruth has been her care since August last Before the seven-year-old a joined family last year, Ruth had been takcare of yet another autistic child, BeMuthoni. The then, eight-year-old reclaimed by her maternal grandin 2014 having joined the home one year after her mother succumbed injuries sustained from an encounter thugs who beat and raped her.

Ruth took in the child after it became the ageing grandmother could not with the needs of the ailing infrant.

long after Beatrice had celebrated eighth birthday and was much bether grandmother had come back to custody of her.
“It was one of the saddest moments Beatrice and I, but I thank God that gave me the opportunity to take of the little girl for seven years,” says.

And when Nyambura joined the famlast year, Ruth was more than glad take her in. Community members Nyambura and her two sisters five and four years and took them Ruth after their mother fell sick and bedridden.

motherless otherhood! Glorius, precious and difficult at the same time. Putting someone else’s happiness before your own home with love and shelter, where they could even interact with other children,” she says.

Ruth has learnt to treasure all the little milestones that Nyambura makes. “I remember the first time Joy was able to use the washroom without soiling herself. It was such a delight seeing the accomplishment on her face,” she shares.

However, taking care of the girl, much like it was with Beatrice, has not been without challenges. Finding her school has, especially, proven a Herculean task.

She has been rejected by two institutions already because of her condition.

Nyambura’s diet is also a bit different and can get a expensive. In a week, Ruth uses about Sh1,000 on her food alone.
Since she cannot eat most local fruits, sugary foods, red meat, wheat or milk, Ruth has been forced to look for alternatives with the advice of a doctor. White meat, for instance tends to be a pricier than red meat.

Although Ruth showers the pretty girl with a mother’s love as she would her biological children, she has had to shut out nay sayers.

“Some people normally ask why I take care of Joy with her condition seeing that she is not my biological child. Especially when we go to church, I see people staring at us with questions on their faces,” she says.

Because Joy’s case of autism is mild, she is able to communicate most of the time with Ruth and the other children around her.

She cries when she is sad, but more than anything, Joy enjoys playing with her dolls.

Ruth says she wishes that people would understand that children with autism are special and unique with hidden talents like other normal children.

If supported in the right way and exposed to the outside world, she says they turn into amazingly gifted individuals.

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