Lourine Oluoch is a freelance journalist based in Nairobi, Kenya.
Six Franciscan Sisters of St. Joseph, a local Kenyan congregation, run a home in a region with high maternal mortality, taking care of newborns who have lost their mothers. Currently, they are caring for 42 children.
In Kenya, society frowns upon early pregnancy, viewing it as a result of poor upbringing by parents or of teenage promiscuity. But in this country of nearly 50 million people, almost one in five girls aged 15-19 has already had a baby or is pregnant. The Sisters of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd welcome young women at their Annunciation Home Crisis Pregnancy Center, providing shelter, food, access to education and child care, and reconciliation with their families when possible.