In March 2007 our team was in Nairobi, Kenya visiting several projects. During that trip our leaders went out into the Mathare slums with Fountain of Life, one of our church partners, on their home visits. It was there that we first met Mary. Last week our in country director let us know that Grandma Mary Wanini passed away. She leaves behind her 8 year old granddaughter, Eunice.
"Mary was a kind and gentle woman, with much love and hospitality for anyone who met her," said Mark Gumm, regional director of advocacy who met Mary on several occasions.
Mary and Eunice serve as a good example of World Orphans model of Continuum of Care. Over the last 3 years Pastor Gideon's church has been engaged with Mary and Eunice during their regular home visits, ensuring their basic needs are met and that Eunice is able to go to school. Now that Mary has passed away the church is able to make sure that Eunice is being cared for by her Aunt.
Pastor Gideon also reports that through the generosity of church members and others, Mary's funeral expenses have been covered.
While we mourn the loss of Mary we rejoice knowing she is with her Savior and that Eunice has not been orphaned but is being cared for by her Aunt and by the church.