Caregiving is providing care for the daily needs of someone that is unable to care for themselves. The care may include addressing the physical and emotional needs of someone that requires continuous support and attention. In the context of nurturing care program, a Caregiver refers to someone who spends most time with the child and addresses their needs holistically. Mary Adhiambo Owour, fondly referred to as "Marybon”, is a 46 year old mother of two girls (not her biological children) Awiti and Fridah, 2 and 7 years respectively. She is married to Mr. Bon Owuor, 51 years, a peasant farmer who also sells charcoal and they live in Kanyakila, Opanga village in Rachuonyo East, Homabay County. Her husband was at first resistant to the idea of taking the kids in.
He confesses, his wife's decision to bring home two emaciated children picked by the roadside without his permission was a bold but a very tempting one. It almost cost her the marriage. "When I realized that she was more determined and passionate to care for and nurture these children, I joined her in this journey, and I have since witnessed a great transformation in the lives of these children courtesy of this project. Mr. Owuor also admits that the first 1000 days are indeed critical in ensuring holistic growth and Development of a child and that
has been very evident in the life of Awiti. "This girl, at two years, is very intelligen to know and correctly account for everything that happens in the home in my absence. I call her my recorder." He advised the wife to ensure a formal report was made to both the office of chief and police about the case of children in his home,
should anybody later come to accuse them of child trafficking. They now consider getting all the necessary adoption documentation for the young children in their care.