In our ‘A Day in the Life’ series, we are excited to introduce Ms. Night Okalebo, a warm and charming nanny at Baby Watoto, Kampala.
The 37-year-old is a single mother of four and lives in Mulago Suburb, about a 45-minute walk from the babies’ home. She joined the team in 2007 and for the last two years has been working in the clinic on site.
Ms. Okalebo is an early riser. 5:00am is her regular wake-up call on every working day. Like any other member of the day shift team, her check-in time for work is 7:30am.
On arrival, she changes into her working uniform and her day commences with a report of the babies from the night shift nanny. In order to determine the progress of the babies, she carefully studies the documents and follows up on any pending matters.
Time Check 8:00am: It is time to get the food and diapers ready to feed and bathe the babies. However, there are some malnourished babies who shouldn’t be rushed for a bath. Their weight must first be taken to determine whether they are gaining or losing weight and when it’s a cold day, they aren’t bathed right away. The babies are then put down for a nap from 8:30am till 10:00am. “It’s then that I escape for a cup of coffee for about 15 minutes,” she heartily laughs.
When they wake up, they are changed into clean clothes and taken outside for fresh air, a massage and some fun-filled moments at play. “I feed about five babies at a time and I must say it’s so adorable watching them suckle away,” she says. “You never tire of it.”
Time Check 11:30am: Time to get the food ready for the next feed, which is at 12:30pm. Thereafter, the babies nap between 1:00pm and 3:00pm. While the babies sleep, Nanny Okalebo does her rounds, checking on the babies, changing diapers, cleaning up, having lunch, and preparing juice for wake up time.
Time Check 4.30pm: She makes sure each of the babies’ files are accurately updated and then hands them over to the nanny coming in for the evening shift. Okalebo then heads home to prepare dinner for her children and goes to bed at 10:00pm.
“What keeps me going and eagerly waking up to come to work each day is the fact that I am so attached to the babies. I miss them and they miss me too whenever I’m away. It’s so heartwarming to see them all grown up and graduating to a Watoto Children’s Village. I love it,” she says.
Currently, Watoto has three Baby Watoto facilities in Uganda, with an average of 100 nannies and 18 full-time volunteers providing 24-hour care to the babies. Baby Watoto Cape Town will be launched towards the end of 2011. To get involved, write to us today at firstname.lastname@example.org.