Young Moses Annan is happy to be alive today.As he plays gleefully at his foster home at Mwakingali village in Voi, Taita-Taveta County, little Annan is oblivious of what fate could have befallen him after her mother gave birth and dumped the baby boy in a gully at Mwakingali.
In fact the baby boy could have been mauled by the many marauding dogs in the busy village or he could have died of the night cold.
But because of the tender care of a loving and selfless woman in Voi, Moses Annan is now a bouncing boy aged four years, full of vitality and promise.
In fact Moses Annan now enjoys the life and creature comforts that could be the envy of many.
All this was made possible by one kind woman Mrs Josephine Mwakazi who rescued the dumped baby and decided to bring him up as one of his own.
“After I rescued the child I decided to bring him up as one of my own, but some people scoffed at my decision saying I was out to use the boy as a bait for soliciting for funds from well wishers” says Mrs Mwakazi.
“But I was not discouraged by the negative comments. As a mother who knows the pains of child birth, I felt very deep love for the poor infant. Surely, such a beautiful angel should not have been left to perish”.
The 70 year old mother of six says do date she has not solicited for any funds from anyone but has been able to give young Moses Annan the good life that any child should have.
The rescue of the baby coincided with the peace negotiations that came shortly after the 2008 post election violence which were brokered by former UN secretary general Kofi Annan.
That’s how the boy got the name Annan. The first name Moses comes from the Bible after Moses who was saved from the wrath of king Herod who had vowed to eliminate all boys during that time.
Moses in his hey days led the children of Israel out of bondage in Egypt. Mrs Mwakazi says Annan is now her last born child.
“God blessed me with six biological children and now I have adopted the seventh one which is a big blessing to me. Seven is a complete number” Mrs Mwakazi says with a bright smile on her face.
And for her caring and selfless act of saving the abandoned child, Mrs Mwakazi became a winner of the Jubilee Insurance Samaritan Award(JISA).
The JISA award is part of Jubilee Insurance Corporate Social responsibility initiatives and was set up in 2006.Among other things, it seeks to raise the profiles of members of the society who are passionate about the welfare of those around them.
The previous JISA award winners include: Tegla Lorupe, for running a series of Peace Marathons in Kenya, Bob Munro who is the founder of a youth sports and community development project in Mathare in Nairobi, Daniel Kanee who rescued a three year old child from under a matatu and Hannah Wanjiru who returned Sh 1,000 that she picked on her way to school.
The award is usually executed by a panel comprising media practitioners, who, by the very nature of their work encounter individuals who go out of their way to do humble and caring acts.
Mrs Mwakazi says her whole family has welcomed the child as a gift from God and in particular her husband Mr Roy Mwakazi , a former civic leader in Voi.
“It is understandable that most girls become frustrated after becoming pregnant out of wedlock when there is no one to assist them raise the child. In a state of desperation most of these girls dump the children or even kill them. But this should not be allowed to happen. It were even better if these hapless girls placed the babies in places where
they stand a chance of being rescued by good Samaritans” says Mr Mwakazi.
He points out that cases of children being dumped and left for the dead by their mothers are on the increases in Taita -Taveta County which makes it imperative for the establishment of a fully fledged children’s home and rescue center.
The Mwakazis say they will break the news about the boy’s miraculous survival to him after attaining the age of eighteen.
The previous JISA award winners include: Tegla Lorupe, for running a
series of Peace Marathons in Kenya, Bob Munro who is the founder of a
youth sports and community development project in Mathare in Nairobi,
Daniel Kanee who rescued a three year old child from under a matatu
and Hannah Wanjiru who returned Sh 1,000 that she picked on her way to