World Church TeamDecember 5, 2012
Since our involvement with Bondo in 2007, progress continues to be made through the Usenge Development Initiative (UDI), the Charity drawn up and overseen by the committee we deal with in Bondo.
In recent months 2 additional dry toilets and one deep well have been constructed and their co-operative arrangement, initiated by ourselves, has enabled them to start many small businesses, build a small Church and new classrooms. Among projects contemplated are a beehive business and a library to assist in the education and religious study of the original 300 orphans in 2007 and 250 additional orphans since then, which are currently being supported by the UDI. A spokesperson recently wrote to us saying ‘Believe me, community empowerment economically and educationally is comparable to nothing else.’
The World Church Team wishes to thank everyone who is supporting our two projects in Kenya and will welcome enquiries from anyone interested in assisting the two communities.
Greetings from John and Banice, now safely home in Mathia, Kenya
John writes, “We thank the entire Max West church for the lively welcome and warm hospitality we received from everyone at church and in the organisations we visited. It was wonderful for us to meet so many people and to participate in your services which we did not expect or take for granted. This made Banice and I feel part of your church family. Especially thanks to Rev. Liz Mack who was a real blessing to us.”
The feedback from this visit has been positive in both directions; sharing worship, concerns and fellowship has built on our friendship and trust with each other for the future. Higher education is greatly sought after in Kenya. The people in our partner church in Mathia see an increasing need for higher education for their children. Since 2009, we at Maxwelltown West have sent a bursary of £1,000 each year which has enabled Mathia students to take advantage of higher education courses at a number of universities. To date, five students have successfully graduated, with a further nine students continuing their studies. Here are examples of Mathia students who have benefitted from the bursary:
Washington Kimari Mwariki (University of Nairobi) “I have already received from you 19,500 KS (approx. £160) to help me pay for my fees in my first semester. I’m so appreciative for your support which has given me hope……..”
Alex Njeru (graduated Dec. 2011 – Moi University – B.Com Tourism, Business and Management) “You have played a major role in my education. Grateful thanks”
Geoffrey Mania (graduated Dec. 2011 – Egerton University – B. Business and Management Accountancy) “May He who gives, expand forthwith and nourish your helping hands”.
Boniface Murangi Wachira (4th year, Moi University – B. Tourism/Management) “I wish to chase my dream by starting up a small firm in tourism – maybe facilitating a visit from Maxwelltown West!”
Vivian Wairimu Mwiraki (3rd year, Moi University – BSc Applied Stats.) “Your contribution has helped me pay for some courses that can be of value to my degree. Thank you.”
Josephine M Murang (Egerton University – graduated BSC Animal Science, now pursuing a Masters in Animal Welfare) “You provided a light of hope for financing my studies.”
James Gakum Mathenge (final year, Kenyata University – BSc Management) “Thank you to everyone at Max West.”
Mwaniki Derix Gichohi (2nd year, Kanyata University – BSc Economics) “The skills and knowledge will be vital to bringing long-term solutions to the problems facing my country.”
Pricilla Wamithia Nyaguthii (graduated Dec. 2011 – Kenyatta University – B. Com.) “Thank you for your support and willingness to help others”
A gift from our Alternative Christmas catalogue of £20 will enable a Mathia student to fund one semester at university.
These young people are the future for their country. We in turn can play a small part in that future.
Thank you for your support for these young people.
World Church Team 2012