“The Diocese of Kansas seeks to work with other organizations to achieve the Millennium Development Goals in Kenya. As a community living out our faith, K2K values and supports community transforming community.”
In 2007 the Diocese of Kansas sent over three teams for the first time to Kenya and began a relationship with the Anglican Church of Kenya. On that initial visit, Bishop Wolfe accompanied a group of leaders including members of the Council of Trustees from the Episcopal Diocese of Kansas to Kenya. In addition there was a group of college peer ministers and a team of doctors and nurses. While returning from this initial year of mission trips the Diocese established our mission program as Kansas to Kenya but abbreviated it to K2K because team members realized that this mission program means as much as “Kenya to Kansas” as it is “Kansas to Kenya.” The mission of the K2K program was established with its focus on Millennium Development Goals and transforming community.
Kansas2Kenya’s primary relationship is with the Diocese of Nakuru of the Anglican Church of Kenya and it’s outreach ministry Nakuru, Nakura Regional Interdiocesion Christian Community Services (N.R.I.C.C. S). K2K and N.R.I.C.C.S. are engaged in many activities that address the Millennium Development Goals and it is through this relationship that our mutual work in Kenya takes place. Our mutual work is focused on Millennium Development Goals for the benefit of those who live in marginalized communities while having a commitment to living out our faith. The community where our mutual work is focused is Maai Mahiu and a nearby Internally Displaced People Camp (I.D.P. camp). Kansas2Kenya has connections with Habitat for Humanity, CTC International, Chapin Living Waters, Community Resource Group, Lions Club International, Alcon Laboratories, AmeriCare, MAP International, Direct Relief International, Bristol Myers Squibb, Kansas University Medical Center, and Kansas State University.
Over the years K2K has sent teams each summer that have brought hope and support to people of Maai Mahiu. This support has provided education in nutritional crop selection and sustainable agricultural techniques. Teams have created demonstration gardens utilizing drip irrigation systems which allow the community of Maai Mahiu to learn about a sustainable agricultural technique as well as nutritional crop selection. Such programs help to address health, the environment, and extreme poverty.
Medical teams work alongside both workers from the Kenya Ministry of Health as well as Kijabe Hospital to bring medical care to the sick. Through the generosity of pharmaceutical companies, grants have provided free medicines to treat medical conditions from dysentery to malaria to parasitic diseases. Every medical team has a women’s health clinic focusing on infant and maternal health. Pre-med students provide HIV counseling and testing through a Voluntary Counseling and Testing (VCT) program under the direction of Minister of Health and Kijabe Hospital. Public health initiatives range from latrine projects to instruction on routine dental care with distribution of toothbrushes. In a typical week medical teams will evaluate and treat over a thousand patients.
Each year K2K sponsors seminars to address women’s rights. These seminars are conducted by Kenyan women who are attorneys and community leaders. It is through these seminars that women finally become aware of what they are entitled to as citizens of Kenya. In addition there are seminars addressing women’s mental health as this becomes an issue for those affected by oppression and extreme poverty.
K2K has been engaged in the education of children providing support to schools such as helping to build classrooms and providing new desks. K2K teams have provided leadership programs for boys and girls to help teach a new generation of leaders in social responsibility about such issues as HIV/AIDS.