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Jimy-Friends-&-family-calm-his-mumJimmy: Singing after a tearful reunion

Have you watched Jimmy coming back home video on youtube? Here’s the link: www.youtube.com/watch?v=pU0DTB4mr7M. Get some tissues ready… Does Jimmy Kasong’o’s coming home video bring back memories? Reuniting Jimmy with his family was traumatic and emotional. His mother couldn’t stop sobbing, screaming and calling out ‘my child, my child’ when TKW team brought Jimmy back home. But the joy that followed encouraged us greatly. This kind of joy is what takes us back to the streets again and again to rescue another child – every child needs a family. Jimmy is now singing gospel music and he is joining his church choir alongside his dad.

Restoration is a process of helping heal relationships between a child with his family and community. 9 year old Jimmy Kasong’o, a Congolese boy brought Kangemi Market on the outskirts of Nairobi to a standstill in July 2013 when we took him home. The women were shouting,”Heeeee small boy stand there and do not try to move. Where have you been?”

Jimmy,-his-dad-&-StephenFast forward 18 months on, Jimmy here with his dad at TKW office this week

A gospel music singer: Since returning back home, Jimmy has found his singing voice and lately he’s found a friend who practices singing with him at Central park in Nairobi without informing his father. Jimmy and his dad arrived at TKW’s office this week for counseling to resolve this issue. Jimmy was remorseful, asked his dad for forgiveness and accepted the proposal to work closely with their church choir to give his father opportunity to monitor him. Jimmy will also polish his talent of singing.   Watch this space for this upcoming musician following in the footsteps of the likes of the late Angela Chibalonza, also from Democratic Republic of Congo.

Thank you for your partnership. Jimmy is one of 388 children Tumaini Kwa Watoto team rescued from the streets in the last two years. Jimmy is now back with his family, where he belongs. Every child needs a family. Partnering with TKW will mean walking more children back home. It takes only £250 to rescue 1 child alternatively £20 a month or £5 a week for a year. Value a child, rescue one child!