Posts Tagged ‘Kenya’

Connection Between Development and Emergency Relief

Post a Comment » Written on March 17th, 2014     
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I have worked with refugees in the United States and therefore realize how hard it is for refugees to become a part of the new community they flee to. It takes a long time for the “host community” to turn in to a “home community” and in some culture this never happens.  However in Kenya, refugees from Congo have been given the opportunity to become part of the community. They are now helping others in their village as well.

In April there was massive flooding in Kenya. Fortunately, not many people died but the flooding killed animals and destroyed an estimated 10,000 homes. Families have been exposed to diseases like malaria and there was a lack of food and clean water. All of these issues have been compounded by the mass homelessness. Continue Reading »

Water for Life in Kenya

Post a Comment » Written on March 10th, 2014     
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Imagine what you can do when you no longer have to worry about where your water comes from? Hopefully that will be the next thought for many in Kitengela, Kenya. Safe drinking water is a rare commodity in Kenya. It goes to those who can afford to pay for it which means the poor cannot afford access to clean water which leads to many diseases. The Kitengela Covenant Church, in partnership with Maple Grove Covenant Church and CWR, is working to provide water filters to the community for an affordable price. It is a proactive approach rather than a reactive response to water borne diseases and infections. In building a healthy and self-sustaining society, this community can ensure that they spend more of their time, energy and resources in economic income generating activities rather than spending time seeking treatment for otherwise preventable diseases. This water project is addressing a root cause of poverty. When you have to ability to access clean, safe water you are protecting yourself from diseases and therefore you are able to work and continue to sustain your family.

Join with the ECCK, Maple Grove and CWR in partnering in this water project today.

Success Story from Kenya!

Post a Comment » Written on January 1st, 2014     
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Forced to leave war torn Congo, Florence Benza and her family journeyed to Kenya. There, they found the Kitengela Covenant Church and Florence began to take classes through a program supported by Covenant World Relief for Congolese refugees. She received a scholarship from Kitengela Covenant Church and began secondary school in 2010. She is now a graduate and works in a secretarial position for a company in Kitengela.

Through this program she has been given a home and an opportunity to that she might not have otherwise had in the Congo. Thank you for your support for the work of the Evangelical Covenant Church in Kenya!

Posho Mill Update

Post a Comment » Written on December 16th, 2013     
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Around the world, there are people who wake up every morning and spend hours traveling from a water source back to their homes, carrying with them enough water for just that one day. They get up the next morning and continue with the same routine. Even more spend much of their day doing the walk for water and must walk to the water source multiple times each day. This is not a reality for most of us who live in North America. We can go down the street to any fast food restaurant to quickly get food or a drink and return to our lives. In fact, some might even consider it a nuisance to our daily life to physically have to get up and prepare a meal from items purchased in a grocery store. Generally, we don’t have to ponder for very long about where our next meal will come from or how we will get it.

kenyamillIn Kandara, Kenya the Covenant Church is working to build a corn mill in the village so community members don’t have to walk as far to get food. While the main efforts of this project center on the access to food, this community is also determined to see the community impact beyond nutrition. Once the mill is up and running there is a plan to use the profits to start a youth rehabilitation and empowerment program that will work with youth who are not currently in school. The new center will provide job skills training to these youth as they seek to join the workforce.

Unveil Yourselves, Women of Africa: A Call for Peace

Post a Comment » Written on October 28th, 2013     
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West Pokot, Kenya (smaller, just Kenya)In West Pokot, Kenya, Philipine (Pini) Chepkoech Kidulah and her support staff at Jitokeze Wamama Wafrika are bringing a new element of transformation to the communities through addressing conflict between the Pokot and Turkana people. Jitokeze Wamama Wafrika (Swahili for: “Unveil yourselves, women of Africa”) has been actively engaged in empowering women in the region through agricultural development initiatives and training. As climate change has worsened, resources for both the Turkana and Pokot have been dwindling in this semi-arid climate. With decreased access to resources, these neighboring people groups have turned to cattle rustling (stealing) in order to maintain control over their primary sources of wealth: livestock and land. Many families have lost fathers, brothers, and sons to the violence of the raids. Occasionally unarmed women are even targeted by armed men who seek revenge in the cyclical violence between these two groups of people.

Pini and Jitokeze have recognized that there is a deeper issue than simply limited resources: cattle are valued more than human life. Below is an excerpt from a recent report to Covenant World Relief that details a conflict transformation training session: Continue Reading »