Sitting at home in the UK life is centred around getting ready for the big day. Have we go enough food to feed an army, (despite there only being two extra for lunch!) – have I remembered the gifts I needed – or more to the point will I EVER get to the shops to get them! Home life is busy – work is busy – it’s a hard time for many of the families I work with as Christmas can be such a trigger for difficult experiences – everyone would like one last appointment before Christmas – so I’m feeling pulled in so many different directions. Busy mind and busy body – hectic in fact and hanging on to the what Christmas is all about.

Then I get an email from Rafiki Mwema that makes me stop totally.

One of our baby girls, way under 2 years old, has tested positive for HIV and they think she has TB. Now that is not good news in any way shape or form. She has already had to experience so much in her short life. She hasn’t known love in her life. The 4th daughter of an alcoholic mother who simply couldn’t take care of her, her life has been a downward spiral from one of poverty, danger, abuse and chronic neglect – to a possible death sentence. She has only been with us a very short time but I truly thank the universe that she is here. We routinely have our little ones tested when they arrive as there is so much that can be done now for children with HIV but adding TB – and not knowing how long she has had it – is really not good.

TB is a serious disease that spreads through the air. It is caused by a bacterium called Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Tuberculosis usually affects the lungs. However, it can affect other parts of the body, such as the central nervous system. Nine out of 10 of infected people won’t develop active disease with symptoms. The risk is great, however, for people who are HIV-positive. That’s because tuberculosis takes advantage of a weakened immune system, which is why it’s called an opportunistic infection. Worldwide, tuberculosis is the leading cause of death for people infected with HIV.

We won’t let our baby die! We will fight for her – we will remember every injustice that has been done to her and we will find the right medical help – she deserves that and so much more. She is safe with us and we will make sure she stays that way. Our motto is ‘Holding the Hand of the Future’ and just watch us do that! We are with her every step of the way – we will lovingly and careful guide her to her future. She is family.

So, we will do what we do so well at Play Kenya. We will wrap our little one in love for Christmas and beyond, we will give her the opportunity to heal and we will share the love you guys send on a daily basis to her and all our other angels – isn’t that what Christmas is all about Sharing, loving and giving – I pray we give our baby girl the gift of a happy safe and long life.

Happy Christmas to you all and a huge thank you for every loving thought you have and every kind act you do xxxxx