| Steve. M
This is a story of a young girl named Naserian. In Maasai culture the name Naserian is given to girls, meaning “one born during peaceful times”. Naserian comes from an underprivileged family as her father and mother are jobless and usually look for casual jobs to support their family. In the year 2017 at REM school Ngong there was construction of the children's center and Naserian’s father and mother got work; her father worked as a “fundi wa mgego”, a swahili word meaning the guys who works at a construction site. The mother got the opportunity to cook food at a small fee for the workers who were working at the construction site.
The main dish that Naserian’s mum prepared was Githeri, a Kenyan traditional meal of maize and legumes, mostly beans of any type mixed and boiled together. The maize and beans are mixed together in a sufuria or pot, water is added and the mixture boiled until the food is cooked and ready to eat. The food is usually prepared overnight because it takes hours to boil the maize and beans.
Naserian’s family lives in Ngong Valley in a small one room house that is their living room, kitchen and bedroom. On this tragic day Naserian’s mother was preparing food, “githeri”, that was to be served to the construction workers the following day. Baby Naserian was sleeping on the bed covered with a small blanket next to the sufuria or pot that was boiling beans. Before the mother knew it baby Naserian turned and her right hand accidentally got in the pot of boiling beans and she was severely burned.
Mama Naserian was devastated because she didn’t have the money to take her child for treatment, so she just hoped for a miracle. Luckily, God answered her prayers as during this time there was a medical camp at REM High School Ngong where a team of volunteers from the U.S came to Kenya to give a free medical clinic. Naserian’s mother brought her baby to the medical clinic and medical experts nursed her wounds and gave her medication. Naserian’s arm was saved.
Today baby Naserian is a big girl. Thanks to the medical team for attending to her injuries. She is now healed and a very jovial girl.
Deb Karr and Karrie Ingalsbe provided care for Naserian at the 2017 Medical Clinic
Today, Naserian is a jovial girl with full use of her arm