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Kansas2Kenya’s Successes in 2012
- Built three houses using Habitat for Humanity design with one house financed by the University of Kansas K2K student organization. Also provided funds for construction of a “safe house” for women who are victims of domestic violence or rape.
- Laid the foundation for a microfinance program that will raise the economic status of women and improve the lives of their children. This will be developed with support of Five Talents and Thika Community Development Trust with funding from K2K and Diocese of Nakuru.
- Provided a women’s health clinic as part of the K2K Medical Team healing the sick in the towns of Nakuru and Melingani.
- Built rain water collection systems utilizing the roofs of buildings and homes.
- Installed slow-drip irrigation system kits and provided additional kits in partnership with Chapin Living Waters as part of small business venture through a local environmental club.
- Donated portable dental equipment to Kijabe Hospital that will be used by a dental team to provide monthly preventative dental care to communities currently without dental care.
- Provided program to fund school fees for orphans to enable them to receive a school lunch and developed a pilot program to sponsor orphans for their yearly educational support through Anglican Church of Kenya.
- Provided seminars on nutrition, oral health and breast feeding.
- Continued education/leadership awards program at Ngeya School coupled with soccer clinic.
- Partnered with UNDP of Kenya to provide treated mosquito nets to nearly 1,000 orphans in the town of Maai Mahiu.
- Evaluated “Moon Cup” project and found to be accepted by teenage females. Now able to expand the project to others.
- Built the Osborne Library and established program in partnership with the Worldreader organization to bring thousands of books to children through use of E-readers.
- Provided seminars on women’s rights and introduced Women’s Empowerment Link as a resource to the community.
- Evaluated the pilot project of HydrAid biosand water filters and shipped 15 more filters through U.S. Navy to use in the rural towns of Maai Mahiu and Melingani providing safe drinking water.
- Utilized women’s “merry-go-round” small groups to put environmental and sustainable agriculture initiatives into practice throughout the year in partnership with NRIDCC, the local outreach organization of the Anglican Church of Kenya.
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