CommunitiesShort Term Missions in Kenya
June 24th, 2013
For more than 20 years, amazing things have been happening in Kenya via World Servants’ short-term missions. Teams have served all over the country from the Rift Valley to the border near Sudan, from the tropical coast of Mombasa to the city core of Nairobi. New churches, healthcare clinics, schools and orphanages now offer communities life-changing services, which would be non-existent without compassionate and generous World Servants volunteers.
Currently, World Servants teams are focused on two rural villages and an area just off the busiest highway in Kenya. Since 2008, Suvia Children’s Home, located near Kali Market, has offered a sanctuary for girls who have lost their both their parents, most of the time due to AIDS. Mission teams made up of church groups, families and individuals worked alongside members of the community to build the girls’ dormitory, kitchen, dining area, office block, sick bay, watchman’s house, play area and security fence.
Twenty-nine girls, ages 4 through 16 years old, call Suvia “home”, reaping the benefits of a stable, loving family environment. These young ladies, some of whom were abandoned by extended family or considered to be a burden because of the added expense of caring for additional family members, have successfully integrated into this loving family environment. They are nurtured and supported by the matron, staff members and volunteers and strong bonds have developed to make this their family.
In 2011, World Servants began working in Tawa, about two and a half hours outside of Nairobi. Partnerships with two community groups, Upendo Women’s Group and Kakuswi Special School for the Deaf, are flourishing. Two teams have built a bakery and administration block for the women’s group where new jobs have been generated and empowerment workshops are offered. More than two dozen deaf students at Kakuswi are enjoying the renovated dormitories, kitchen and dining area, as well as their own brand new two room school, thanks to two other teams serving this summer.
The summer of 2013 will see World Servants teams continue the construction of additional classrooms at Kakuswi, as well as a new project located in a busy town half way between Nairobi and Mombasa. Teams will build greenhouses at a girls’ school with the goal of generating both food and funds to not only grow, but to become self-sustaining in the very new future.
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