In the spirit of thanksgiving after a year of deployment in operation areas, Kenya Army troops from the 40 Ranger Battalion on 5th March 2023 visited Samaritan Children’s Home in Gilgil where they donated assorted foodstuffs that included maize, green grams, beans, cooking oil, among other household utilities had refreshments with the children.
The team was received by Mrs. Pauline Karanja, Director of the Home, who took them on a tour of the facility. The soldiers had the opportunity to interact with the children currently being administered at the home. The enthusiastic children had the rare moment to entertain, learn about the military and share their life experiences.
Commanding Officer of the 40 Ranger Battalion Lieutenant Colonel George Ng’oshosh said the essence of the visit was to spread love and thanksgiving after a successful year of deployment. He thanked the institution management for the work they are doing, giving the children shelter, food, and an opportunity to shape their future.
Lieutenant Colonel Ng’oshosh urged the children to work hard in their studies and avoid all distractions that will deter them from achieving their goals.
In his sermon during the thanksgiving ceremony, Senior Sergeant (Reverend) Evans Mwangi from the Battalion noted that the choice of a children’s home was aimed at uplifting the children’s spirits as they grow up. “Children who are not given love and attention oftentimes develop psychological illnesses such as depression and therefore we take every opportunity we get to mingle with them,” he said.
Mrs. Karanja thanked the Kenya Army personnel present for their kind gesture and appreciated their initiative to reach out to the less privileged in the society amid a huge task of defending the nation.
The Samaritan Children’s home was established in 2008 to house children who had been abdandoned at Maji Moto near Kariandusi. The home currently has a eighty seven kids, fifty of whom are permanent residents.