Posts Tagged ‘Kenya’

Sustainable Development

Post a Comment » Written on September 1st, 2014     
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P1280397Part of effecting truly sustainable community development is the commitment of the local communities to the project. Without this, a community-development project looks like any other charity and may not be well received by the local community. Without investment in a project from the local community, the project may soon be another wasted source of funds. However if the community is committed in making the project a reality, chances are they will be committed to its continued and long lasting livelihood.

Members of communities in West Pokot County, Kenya are doing just that. They have realized that it is up to them to take the initiative to get these projects off the ground. This is extremely encouraging and is leading to successful programs in both Self Help groups and Food Security programs in the area. Men and Women, and even neighboring groups who have before been in conflict have come together, realizing the importance of these projects for the livelihood of their respective families and communities.

It is really exciting to see that just as Covenant World Relief has partners with us, we also get to partner directly with the communities on projects. Not only that but these communities are also partnering with each other, promoting peace and sustainability that would never be possible without their involvement.



Fleeing for Safety in Kenya

Post a Comment » Written on August 7th, 2014     
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ecck blogMen and Women like Gad Nkera have fled the Congo due to instability and civil war which has rocked the country for the past several years. Many have ended up in Kenya without family or friends and without any idea of what their future may hold. Thanks to the work of the Evangelical Covenant Church of Kenya and their partnership with CWR, Gad and many others have been able to receive an education despite their status as refugees. Although not the intended plan for this project with ECCK, God has used it to bring much needed relief and recovery to many Congolese refugees.

 

 



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!