Meet Viona

Meet my friend Viona.

On my last trip this sweet girl and I became great friends. She was my constant shadow the entire week. From the moment we climbed out of the van on our first day and started setting up for the interviews she was by my side.

She is the sweetest most sensitive little five year old I know. While we were setting up for photos Jenni had asked her to pose for a few photos..which turned into about a hundred photos but she was happy to smile for her the entire time and instantly won us all over in minutes. It wasn’t until later that we found out that she was actually one of the girls that we would be interviewing with hopes to get her placed in the orphanage. So, take two of photos and an interview later we had finally heard her story and I knew there was no way I wasn’t going to find her a sponsor when I got home. Long story short, she lives in the slum with her aunt and cousins and lives everyday  not knowing when her next meal will be. She lives day to day in fear of being abused by her so-called family. She’s only five and she shouldn’t have to worry about when her next meal will come or whether she’ll be safe at night but that’s the card she was dealt and I knew I wanted to do all I could to change that.

After coming home and chatting about my trip with my parents they knew they wanted to help and  what better way than to sponsor one of the girls that I had met that week. So, that same night after talking with my parents I sent out an email expressing their intrest in sponsorship and Hellen immediately got back to me saying that she would love to have them sponsor my new love, Viona!

And guess what? About an hour ago I got an email saying that Viona just got moved into the orphanage TODAY!!


Last night, I was looking through photos as I was thinking about what I would blog about today and came across this photo..

This was taken back when I was there in February and guess who that is standing in front of me..yep, Viona. It’s funny that I hardly knew her at the time and months later she would take a piece of my heart and now, with my parents sponsoring her, we are kinda like sisters now, right?

I certainly like to think so!

I can’t wait to be back in August living with my new sister and all the other kids!

Well, that’s all I’ve got for today but hope you’re having as good of a Tuesday as I am!


Joy Pine - May 24, 2013 - 12:32 pm

I’m so happy for you and for what is happening in Kitale with your help! My family and I do quite a bit of work in western Kenya. We will be there June 9-22 and am planning to visit the orphanage!!:) wishing you were going to be there but i will connect with you the next time I am there.:)
Keep the beautiful stories coming! You are making an incredible difference in the life of these children!
Blessings to you!

Myron Elliott - May 23, 2013 - 9:39 pm

Faustina knew nothing about the convent she was joining, except that she was led there.

Gina - May 23, 2013 - 8:55 am


S.C. - May 22, 2013 - 10:30 am

This brought tears to my eyes! So happy for Viona, you & your family :o)

Denise Walsh - May 21, 2013 - 10:31 pm

I love this – it’s such a special story. Being there with you and watching the bond between you two grow that week – thinking Jenni was just taking some practice photos, then finding out she was one of “our” girls, to your family wanting to sponsor the one girl that Hellen thought was the most in need and having it be Viona – well that’s what miracles are made of!!!
I’m so happy for all of you – it’s a win any way you look at it!

Ida - May 21, 2013 - 9:44 pm

Her picture touched my heart. How precious she is!

Mama Hope - May 21, 2013 - 9:37 pm

Kiki, how do we sponsor a specific child? I would love to do that!

gretchen - May 21, 2013 - 9:27 pm

Hi Kiara…can you tell me more about sponsoring one of these precious little gals? Thank you…my email is

Gran - May 21, 2013 - 9:13 pm

Kiara, Reading this tonight before going to bed. How thankful I am knowing that your precious “sister” Viona is also in a safe bed tonight.

Erica S - May 21, 2013 - 9:10 pm

One of the best blogs I’ve read! So sweet.