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Kansas2Kenya’s Successes in 2015
- Built and engineered solar panel generated electricity and enhanced rainwater collection for a “safe house” for women who are victims of gender based violence, known as Agatha’s Amani House.
- Provided enough food to 3 orphanages and a school that would feed the children for nearly a year.
- Provided 1,000 treated mosquito nets to the communities of Maai Mahiu, Mutukani and Mirangine, obtained through a partnership with the United Nations.
- Provided slow drip irrigation systems through Chapin Living Waters to promote sustainable agriculture in the Maai Mahiu area.
- Conducted seminars for women on women’s rights, infant and maternal health, nutrition, reproductive health, and chronic health issues like diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and alcohol/substance abuse.
- Evaluated the progress on a new microfinance program, Nakuru Community Development Trust. This program was started two years ago in partnership with Five Talents International and the Diocese of Nakuru. More than 1,000 individuals have now joined as members of the Nakuru Community Development Trust, saving money and obtaining microloans to expand their business.
- Improved the Osborne Library in Maai Mahiu and provided books to second library at St. Nicholas Secondary School in partnership with WorldReader.
- Provided school lunches for orphans in Maai Mahiu.
- Veterinarian from KSU provided care to the livestock of women
- Engineered and provided rain water collection systems to various buildings in Maai Mahiu
- Provided medications and treatment for a medical/dental clinic held in two different locations – a remote mountainous village of Mirangine and a small community of Mutukanio. (more than 2,000 prescriptions)
These changes were only possible through the gifts of time and money from the people connected to Kansas2Kenya. A heartfelt thank you to all of our contributors.
Kenya changed my life
When I was first asked to join the Diocesan community development team to Kenya last summer, I thought, “Wow, what a wonderful thing to do. I’ve always wanted to go to Africa.” When I got there and started ministering to the people in the small village of Maai Mahiu, my original idea of a great trip turned into a powerfully renewing experience in Jesus Christ, powered by the Holy Spirit, through the lives of the wonderful people of Kenya. Continue reading
Community Needs in 2016
- Address malnutrition of children, particularly during the first 1,000 days of life, through education of community leaders and families
- Continue education/leadership awards program to teachers and continue soccer tournament and student awards at Ngeya School
- Provide support for AA/NA meetings and for after-school programs for youth in partnership with Badilika
- Purchase additional e-readers to bring hundreds of books to children at the Osborne Libraries in Nakuru and Maai Mahiu and develop a third library
- Continue to provide a women’s health clinic and treat hundreds of patients through the annual K2K Medical Team
- Provide funding for monthly dental clinic in Maai Mahiu and Naivasha in partnership with Kijabe Hospital
- Continue development of pharmacy program with University of Nairobi School of Pharmacy
- Dispense hundreds of mosquito nets to children age 5 and under and pregnant women
- Provide to co-ops a farming technique called Farming God’s Way that uses composting and slow-drip irrigation systems to improve crop production
- Install rain water collection systems and other environmental projects such as a water retention pond and solar food dehydrators
- Present U.N. information to women on empowerment and gender-based violence. Partner with C4G to bring computers with similar information to women’s groups in the Diocese of Nakuru.
- Continue program to fund school fees for orphans to enable them to receive a school lunch in Maai Mahiu. Provide support to orphans in Naivasha.
- Seminars for women on nutrition, dental care, chronic illnesses and emotional health with an emphasis on reproductive health, including addressing anemia and folate deficiency
- Support the “safe house” called Agatha’s Amani House for women who are victims of domestic violence, and provide a laptop with C4G programs on women’s health and empowerment