News from MathiaDecember 5, 2010
One of the memorable acts of fellowship that we were part of during our visit to Mathia, Kenya was an afternoon spent at the Ndina Tea Factory workers’ wing accommodation. Here in the welcoming company of many of the workers and their families, we heard a moving account by a young student of Veterinary Studies of how the Maxwelltown Bursary Fund had helped her in her chosen career. Here was the fund “brought to life”. I know that we were all inspired and humbled by what we heard that afternoon in such company.
This year’s Bursary Fund has been shared by nine young people from Mathia in higher education. Here is information on seven of the students which I thought would be of interest: Alex Karuoya Njeru – John and Esther’s eldest son is in his fourth year at Maseno University undertaking a BSc in Ecotourism, Hotel and Institutional Management. “The money has seen me through the journey of my academic life, enabling my parents to have an easier time managing my expenses for the school and my brother’s High School fees. Thank you once again”.
James Gakua Mattenge: at Kenyatta University studying for a Bachelor of Commerce Degree: “These funds have seen me in payment of some part of my fees and also purchasing reading materials. Thank you and may God bless you abundantly”. Prisaua Wamartha: a second year at Kenyatta University studying for a degree in Commerce “May God be with you in everything you do”. Josephine Mwangi: Student at Egerton University studying for a BSc. In Animal Science. Josephine is in her final year and her dream is to one day be one of the researchers in animal genetics. “Thanks to the financial assistance of Maxwelltown West Church I can see this dream becoming reality”. Vivian Mwihaki: is in his second year at Moi University studying for a degree in Applied Statistics with Computing. “By God’s grace I believe I will excel. God bless you and thank you”. Geoffrey Maina: is a fourth year student at Egarton University studying for a BSc. in Commerce. He hopes go on to study for an MBA after graduation. “Being an orphan your donation has been a great aid to my guardian as the burden of school fees has been eased. You have greatly transformed my academic life”.
Heartfelt thanks to all who contributed to the Bursary Fund. Alex Njeru says that the mission of the young leaders of Mathia Church is to strive to make this world a better place. The Youth section of Mathia Church- members up to the age of 25 – is a thriving organisation, with 62 of their representatives due to attend a Youth Conference shortly. In a recent e-mail, Alex, son of John Njeru who visited us in 2008, asked if any of our young people were interested in making contact with the Mathia Church young people. Please contact me if you would like to be involved.
On Sunday 31st October 2010 Mathia Church is holding a Gift Day, hoping to raise 1 million Kenyan Shillings- about £8,000- to enable the congregation to complete the building of their new church, which so far has taken eight years. Since our visit in 2009 they have put in half of the windows at a cost of 200,000 Kenyan Shillings. 5 million Kenyan Shillings later, the building is half finished.
We wish them well with this ambitious undertaking, and remember all our friends in Kenya in our thoughts and prayers.
D J World Church Team
Booming Business in Bondo
This is our humanitarian project which we have now been supporting for 3 years after Winnie, a lady from Sondo, Kenya visited Maxwelltown West while on holiday with family from London and asked for help. Now a widow and retired from business, she returned to her home village to help the people in extreme poverty. She has started 4 nursery schools with 300 children, mostly orphans as a result of HIV Aids.
After Rosemary and lan visited the first time and confirmed the community had absolutely nothing, we set up a feeding programme, followed by a deep well which provided clean water and more healthy people. Next were 2 toilets for nursery schools, shoes, mosquito nets, books and games. Following this was the water pump which now helps 15 farmers to irrigate and grow crops such as beans, tomatoes, onions, and melons. They keep half for family and sell the rest locally. The goat project is very popular and now 16 families benefit. The agreement to donate the first kid back to the project has worked well and is “self funding” without using actual cash.
LATEST NEWS: Many small businesses are prospering now with the money which was donated to them by Max West this year. For example: fishing boats and nets, provision for drying the fish for sale, food stalls and more. They are borrowing a little money, given 3 months credit which Winnie controls and recycles the profit into other projects. She hopes eventually to save enough to buy a Tuk Tuk to transport the produce to a market in a town near Bondo which would give a greater profit than locally. She also hopes to grow fruit soon and now has banana plants. The toilet for the 3rd Nursery school is almost finished and we hope to provide the 4th soon.
THE SUNDAY SCHOOL now has books for the children in their own language (Luo) bought in Kisumu from a Christian shop which we are glad to know about. This also came from a Max West donation. The WCT are delighted with the progress our funding is making and quite cautious in allocating our hard earned funds. You can be assured that all money received from you is sent directly to Winnie with no middle person involved. We take guidance from Winnie as to the requirements most needed. We receive a balance sheet from her every 6 months and are satisfied with this.
The FOOD MONEY donated still only provides the children with one substantial meal a month. We hope as the community becomes more self-sufficient this will no longer be a concern.
WINNIE’S FINAL WORDS: “Nothing works as well as empowering a community. Please rest assured we will develop and continue to better our lives. God Bless Max. West for giving us so much hope in life.”
PS: The Concert on 20th November by Brighton’s Church Falkirk will be in aid of our Kenyan Projects. We do hope our church members will support this. The last concert by Brighton’s was well received and enjoyed. Tickets £5. per person, £10 for a family regardless of how many children and a light supper is included after the concert. WCT have tickets or pay at the door.
A D WCT Convener