World Church Team: KenyaNovember 22, 2016
In our communications with Winnie Owuor in Bondo, we learn of just what busy and industrious lives they lead. The weather has been extremely hot and dry, as usual, and they have had to use lots of irrigation for their crops. This has not been helped by the constant fluctuations, but upward trend in the price of fuel.
The school is now registered with the Ministry of Education and staff are sitting joint zonal examinations to gauge their performance set against other neighbouring government-run schools. Two of the teachers attend teacher training college in the school holidays, with their fees paid for by the income from the fish cages, which also supplements the school feeding programme – an example of self-sufficiency at work.
What they need most now is to repair and refurbish their three semi-permanent classrooms, making them permanent. New desks and chairs are also needed. Another priority is a proper kitchen, as at present they cook in the open.
You will see from the Gift Catalogue which accompanies this “Contact” that help with these two projects – classrooms and kitchen – is the main focus for our fundraising efforts for Bondo this Christmas.
Winnie writes, “We are more than grateful for your assistance, friendship and thoughts and prayers for us. May the Lord bless you all at Max West.”
In contrast to Bondo, the weather in Mathia has been unseasonably cold and wet. John writes that it hasn’t been this cold for over ten years.
The congregation have now received the inscribed bible from Max West, after a lengthy journey and a thorough examination by Kenyan Customs and Excise.
Completion of the Mathia Church building has come to a halt because of lack of funds. The congregation are holding a Gift Day in November, and John Njeru is taking part in a three- day sponsored bike ride around the foothills of Mount Kenya. Good luck to you John and may the wind be at your back!
Again in the Gift Catalogue, our fundraising for Mathia is solely for the funding of bursaries for the education of young people. These have proved to be most successful and it is heartening to hear of Mathia graduates who are now in employment.
Thank you for your continued support for the Max West Kenyan projects and our links with other members of the church family.
D J, World Church Team