Rose Joins Footprints

Baby Rose was rescued into the care of Footprints when her mother Ruth, at the young age of 16 was forced to escape her unimaginable home life.

African Tribal cultures are in many ways to be respected but sometimes their traditional practices are acts of child abuse and neglect. Ruth of the Massai tribe had already had her father arrange an early marriage when Ruth was just 14. She became pregnant and she escaped from her father and took refuge in a school far away from her village. Luckily, the headteacher warmed to her and baby Rose was born in June but the situation became unmanageable for the teacher and she turned to Footprints for help.

Returning back to the tribal village, Baby Rose would never be accepted and the mother Ruth would surely be forced back into marriage. With no other support mechanism and Ruth being still a child herself at 16, Footprints and the Headteacher agreed that in the best interest of both mother and child, Ruth would be supported through the next 4 years of education at the school while Baby Rose was cared for at Footprints.

It was hugely painful for Ruth the day we went to collect Baby Rose and regular reassurance and emotional support is going to be needed.

Rose has settled into life at Footprints and has the amazing love and support of all our staff and children. 

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