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Refugee Education in Kenya

Post a Comment » Written on March 30th, 2015     
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Tuin’s Story: An Indian Refugee

Post a Comment » Written on January 28th, 2015     
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Week 12 TuinFACT:

Many people are refugees in their own countries. They have been forced to leave their homes because of war, violence, or persecution because they are of a particular ethnic group or religion. In India some Christian tribes have been forced out of their villages because of their religion.


Tuin is a refugee in her own country—she is called an Internally Displaced Person or IDP. She and her family were forced to leave their home and are trying to make a new life. The Hindustani Covenant Church is helping Tuin and her family.

Tuin and her little sister Rinki were sick when they arrived, but thanks to the HCC health clinic they are each doing much better. Rinki is among fifty-four children who are learning the basics of education at the HCC learning center. Tuin says her sister loves to learn. The teachers are kind and Rinki also receives healthy food at the learning center. Tuin is learning to sew. She says, “My mom and I are learning how to sew at the center.

We are already sewing dresses for ourselves and others. Being able to sew will mean we can make money for our family.”

“My father Dusa is a farmer. The Hindustani Covenant Church leased land to my father so that he and others could plant crops. My father sold the crops at the market and made enough money to pay for the land and have money for our family. I am grateful for the help we have received from the Hindustani Covenant Church. My family and I have made many new friends and now we are a part of the church as well. My favorite day is Sunday when we all worship together.” Continue Reading »

Benito’s Story: A refugee from El Salvador in the United States

Post a Comment » Written on January 21st, 2015     
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Week 11 BenitoFACT:

From October 2013 to June 2014 more than 57,000 unaccompanied children, most from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras, have entered the United States from across the Mexican border. They are fleeing spiraling violence in their home countries carried out by rival drug gangs and attacks by police on suspected gang members. Far fewer children come with a parent.


Ten-year-old Benito sadly left his home in El Salvador with his mother and five-year-old sister because gang activity had made it a far too dangerous place to live. Benito says, “The day I left home, I was very sad because I had to say goodbye to all my friends and the people I love. We traveled for many, many days until we came to the border. We waited in an abandoned house until a van came to pick us up. Some men prepared a raft and they took a group of us—including some other children without parents—to the other side of the river. We saw alligators in the water; it was scary.”  Continue Reading »

Felix, John, and Francine’s Story: Congolese Refugees in Kenya

Post a Comment » Written on January 14th, 2015     
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Week 10 Parents of Felix, John, and FrancineFACT:

While on the run, children eat what they can gather, but sometimes there is no food to gather. Often the water that is available can cause sickness and disease. There are also warring groups who may snatch up children or give them food and then train them as soldiers.


Many children who fled the fighting in the Democratic Republic of Congo and traveled to Kenya are now a part of the Evangelical Covenant Church in Kitengela. Most of the children in the church are either orphans or separated from family members. Three of those children, Felix, John, and Francine, wonder if they will ever see their parents again. Although they miss their parents, they are grateful to those who care for them. During worship, Felix, John, and Francine join in sharing songs, Bible verses, and dancing. In spite of their hardship, each loves Jesus. Continue Reading »

Excellent’s Story: A Congolese Refugee in Kenya

Post a Comment » Written on January 7th, 2015     
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Week 9 ExcellentFACT:

The majority of Congolese children being ministered to by the Evangelical Covenant Church in Kenya are orphans, single-parented, or separated from their family.


Excellent is a seven-year-old boy who was born in the Democratic Republic of Congo. He has not seen peace there in his entire childhood. In 2010, Excellent and his family fled because of war. During their journey they spent many weeks running from violence and went many days without food. Their feet were sore and they were weak from lack of food and water. They had to be on the watch for soldiers so they didn’t get caught in the middle of a battle. They often slept near the road that would take them to Kenya. They had no tent and there were no places to stay. Sometimes Excellent wondered if he and his family would live through the long trip. The closer they got to Kenya, the safer it seemed, but the more tired they became. Weeks passed. Finally, when it seemed Excellent and his family could walk no further, some truck drivers helped them travel the rest of the way.  Continue Reading »