CNN Story Helps Inspire Mercy House Founding

In 2010, after returning from a trip to Kenya with Compassion, blogger Kristen Welch read a story which broke her heart. It was one of many signs pointing Kristen and her family towards starting Mercy House Kenya.

Here is an excerpt from the article:

Beatrice was 14 when she died after an illegal abortion last year, and left a hole in her mother’s heart.

Her mother, Nancy Wanjiku, said that after the girl’s father died from AIDS, Beatrice secretly became a child prostitute to help feed the family.

Too afraid to tell her mother when she became pregnant, Beatrice didn’t ask for help or go to a hospital — she went to a backstreet abortionist.

Nancy shows CNN writer a photo of her daughter Beatrice.

Nancy Wanjiku said: “After having the abortion she contracted an infection in her private parts and she got wounds. She stayed without telling me her condition. Three days before she died is when she told me how she’s feeling. I looked at her and saw that she had wounds. I cleaned the wounds. I didn’t have the money to take her to hospital, so I was washing her with Dettol.”

She added: “Many children have died leaving parents behind and even many parents have died and left their children orphaned because of abortion.”

Social worker Emmaculate Musya said Beatrice’s story is common in Kenya, and the U.S. group’s study backs her up.

Musya said fetuses are dumped in the sprawling Kibera slum. She said that every week they find aborted fetuses in one garbage-filled stream. They wash away or get eaten by pigs, she said.

The report says that Kenya’s current confusing abortion law forces women to the backstreets.

So in Kibera, where shacks are packed together on a warren of garbage strewn streets, they search out abortionists.

Now church groups in Kenya are pushing for the new constitution, coming up for a parliamentary vote soon, to make almost all abortions illegal. The church groups want to define ‘life as starting at conception,’ and heavily restrict abortion except for cases where a mother’s life is in immediate danger.

The National Council of Churches in Kenya says society should provide safety nets, not abortion services.

Read the full article by CNN here.

I totally agree with The National Council of Churches – safety nets are so much better than abortion services – and in a way, that’s what Mercy House is – a safety net! Many of the women now living in Mercy House and raising their children, may have been faced with the choice whether or not to abort, had they not been taken into the safe haven of the House. And their babies are just beautiful. I’ve added their photos to the side margin 🙂 .

That’s why I’m so excited to be supporting Mercy House – they’re doing amazing things! Saving and transforming lives.

Let’s not turn a blind eye to the difficulties faced daily by our sisters. Yes we’ve never met them and perhaps never will but we’re all joined by shared experiences, dreams, hopes and sensitivities. We are all the same, just living in different countries – in many ways, we are the lucky ones.

Please support the work of Mercy House Kenya by joining with me to raise funds through The Sunflower Effect. Click here to read more about blog project, The Sunflower Effect, or here to donate securely (all donations over $10 are tax deductible).

A little off the subject, I’ve started compiling a fun list of ways to raise money without spending any/much.. I’d love to hear your ideas!

Thanks for reading – have a lovely day.

Joni x

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