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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 »



Kenya Education Update-Grace’s Story

Post a Comment » Written on October 14th, 2013     
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Grace (right) will study Aeronautical Engineering in Michigan.

It is wonderful to hear about ongoing projects and the communities that our partners are working with, but we also rejoice in hearing about the lasting effects of completed projects. The Kitengela Covenant Church opened its doors many years ago to the arriving Congolese refugees seeking a new home. Grace and her family were among those who traveled to Kenya. She and her siblings attended the school program funded by Covenant World Relief through the Kitengela Covenant Church. Through a resettlement program, Grace and her family relocated to Michigan where she started high school. She worked hard and even had the opportunity to visit the White House with her brother, Daniel. Grace and Daniel have been given scholarships to attend the West Michigan Aviation Academy where they both plan to study Aeronautical Engineering. Grace is just one example of the amazing ways education can inspire children and open the door to life-changing experiences.

Thank you for partnering with us and the Kitengela Covenant Church to provide educational opportunities in Kenya!

 



‘Kenya Women Building Sustainable Communities’

Post a Comment » Written on September 9th, 2013     
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Regina left home after 6th grade. Her father was planning to marry her off to an elderly man, without Regina’s consent. The dowry her father would have received amounted to several heads of cattle, the price for a child bride. Young women are often sent away by their families to marry much older men and are valued for their ability to produce a family.

Doreen is a bright student from Western Kenya. She passed all of her exams, but was unable to continue her education because she did not have any funds. Few women in her community are allowed to earn a living and save their money; the men control family funds, leaving the women with little economic power.

But today, there is hope for Regina, Doreen, and many other Kenyan women leaving similar situations. Continue Reading »