Sinenhlanhla was brought to us at the Känguru children's hospice when she was five years old. The girl had previously lived with her grandfather after her parents had abandoned her there. For her, it was a very traumatic time that has left scars to this day: "I was always very hungry and afraid." Underfed, neglected and barely able to express herself, she blossomed visibly in the care of Känguru. It quickly became clear that the girl, who lives with the congenital joint stiffness "arthrogryposis multiplex," has excellent cognitive abilities. Sinenhlanhla is hungry for knowledge and speaks fluent Zulu and English. She is a very smart and bright girl. Since she can barely move her arms and legs, she has developed amazing skills: Using her mouth to write, draw and move objects. Music is her great passion and confidently she says, "I'm not like other kids, but I'm the best singer and dancer!" At Känguru, we support her in achieving her dreams for a happy future.
Bogani is a handsome young man who is always smiling and verbalizing his needs. He was born with hydrocephalus, a pathological enlargement of the fluid spaces of the brain filled with cerebrospinal fluid. During his life, he lost his sight completely. He cannot walk and is therefore in a wheelchair. After his mother died, his bond with his father became all the stronger. He calls him "The Great." However, his father works very far away from the children's hospice and therefore can only visit him very rarely. In Känguru Bogani has found a second family. We give him the love and attention he needs to live a happy life.
Lucky, a lovely young man. He became an orphan at a very early age. After his parents died, he was left in the care of his two brothers, who were also very young at the time. He suffers from cerebral palsy, a physical impairment, as well as a speech defect. A condition in which he would not have survived in any case without professional help. He came to us at the Känguru children's hospice, where he was given the chance to fully develop his abilities. His brothers visit him regularly and support him on his way.
Atlehang is a 6-year-old child who looks more like an eight-month-old baby. She is always in a good mood and usually falls asleep quickly and peacefully. However, she has cortical blindness and a venticulo-peritoneal shunt. When she came to us at hospice, she was still being fed with a pen tube. She is now able to eat with her mouth. Her daily therapies consist of stretching and massage. To help her gain weight, we help her with a special diet. Atlehang is a lovely girl.
Tshiamo was born on 10th March 2006 with cerebral palsy and a physical disability. She is unable to get around without a wheelchair. She also has a severe mental disability. But Whenever Tshiamo is introduced to new people, she shines brightly. She loves to have people around her. A great burden fell from her parents' hearts when Tshiamo came to us at Känguru Children's Hospice. They were not sure how to give the little one the encouragement and education she needed. Her family comes to visit her regularly, which is always a happy experience for Tshiamo.
Mlondi is a very happy young man. On his birthday a very long time ago, he was abandoned in the hospital and never got to experience what it is like to feel love from a parent. He was born with cerebral palsy and a mild intellectual disability. A social worker finally brought him to us at Känguru Children's Hospice. When he came to us, he was still a very sad and lonely child. But as time went by, Mlondi blossomed visibly in our care. He has become a happy and social young man who knows everyone at Känguru by name.
Tshireletso is a sunshine. He came to us in 2015 when he was only three years old. He has a loving family who brings him home every weekend. He is a happy child despite his dyskinetic cerebral palsy. The uncontrollable twitches limit his movements and abilities so much that he can only grasp and hold something with the utmost concentration. He tires quickly and sometimes becomes angry and stubborn. Chireletso knows exactly what he likes and what he wants.