John is the son of the late Japheth Omuodo and Nancy Adhiambo who died in 2004 and 2005 respectively. At their deaths, John was still a toddler. He was born in Mombasa, but when his parents died,
John relocated to the rural home in Kisumu-onyalo biro where he lives with his paternal grandmother, Patricia Ogal.
Under the guidance of Mama Patricia, John has grown to be a humble, respectful, 20-year-old young man who aspires to be an engineer. We all pray that by working hard, John will achieve this dream and become a successful man in society. Life For Children Ministry thanks John’s sponsor for standing with him since childhood as he continues to pursue his dream.
In a small village called Langi, Ndhiwa sub-county, Homabay county. There lived a poor boy named JACOB ODANGO OGUKO who was born a partial orphan and raised by his mother. Jacob lost his father when he was only eight months old. Since then, he lived and was raised by his mother who throughout her marriage life did not enjoy much from her husband. Jacob’s mother depends on small scale farming and engaged in manual jobs to help raise her family. Jacob was very helpless. Unfortunately, he did not get a chance just like other children to finish primary school. This made him drop out of school at grade five in order to help his mother raise his other siblings.
Jacob started working as a laborer in a sugar cane plantation and also looked after the animals. He had to work very hard and most of the time he didn’t even get a proper meal. He became helpless and thought that he will always live a miserable life. Jacob then got married to a young lady, MARY AWINO ODAK. God has blessed them with seven children and they depend on minor farm jobs to help raise their children.
Buying food or saving for shelter is the most difficult equation JACOB and MARY are struggling to solve. From the small jobs they are engaged in within the community Jacob is determined to make ends meet especially for providing basic necessities for his family. With the little income he has to decide either to buy food or to save for house construction and make the family sleep hungry.
Unfortunately this perhaps might be the reason of the deplorable house condition that he is living in, because whatever he gets was spent in buying food for his family hence saving completely nothing.
The pathetic house condition is accommodating nine persons: Jacob, his wife Mary, and their seven children. Jacob’s house is one of the many housing problems that LIFE FOR CHILDREN WELFARE is committed to address in order to improve the quality of the living environment and standard for the children and vulnerable families staying within such houses in order to prevent any health hazard which are prone to such living conditions. Fortunately a foundation was laid and a house was constructed to its completion with a bedroom. Jacob can now smile as he opens his door.
We sincerely, want to thank the donors and Life for Children Welfare that have saved Jacob Odango and his family from the traumatizing equation of deciding how to balance food for the family or save money to construct a house. This house is now going to give Jacob and his family the opportunity to concentrate on other basic needs like clothing, food, education and above all good health. “Thank you Life for Children Welfare for covering my nakedness in the community, to many I was a laughing stock and now I can smile and glorify the name of the almighty God for this wonderful house that I didn’t imagine I could have. May God bless every hand that has touched my life through this house” said by Jacob Odango.
Children living in the street are going through a lot of traumatizing experience, most of them are being Stigmatized from the members of the society. Some also suffer discrimination particularly from their known relatives. The society perception and negative attitude towards these young and vulnerable boys are derailing the concerted effort to help these street families. These children have to scrounge for the recycling items and even to beg or wait upon the people of goodwill to meet most of their basic needs.
However, Life For Children Welfare (aka Life For Children Ministry, USA) through the department of the street feeding programme carried out the feeding progaramme on the 30th of October, 2021. Saturday we provided food items to these kids, spiritual nourishment and education on the drug and substance abuse and above all the personal hygiene. We also encouraged them to keenly observe the government measures put together to help curb the spread of coronavirus, particularly these times that the world is experiencing the third wave of the covid-19, as they also observe personal hygiene and general cleanliness.
In conclusion, most of these boys were grateful and very happy with the kind of support we do give to them every week, the brightness in their face particularly when we arrive and talk to them is a sure testimony to their happiness. ‘We pray that God will provide again, ODIJO` one of the boys said happily.
After the death of her husband, Linet Adoyo was left in a tiny house in which she was staying with her kids, the situation continued to be dire as the house was leaking. In her vulnerable condition and with the health of her children at risk, Linet was referred by a village elder to Life for Children Welfare (LCW) for support. That’s when Gloria Akinyi her first born daughter was recruited in our program. Gloria’s life took a turn and her worries in Education ceased as Life for Children took that responsibility.
Gloria has sickle cell anemia and this condition needs a lot of medical attention especially when it is actively attacking her body. Considering Gloria in the LCW program was a big blessing as she would get the necessary medical support, spiritual nourishment, food supplement and clothing as well as the blessing of a new house. Mother Linet felt like her prayer request was answered.
Linet Adoyo a 31 year old young mother had great joy and happiness that drove her energy to tirelessly participate up to the end from mobilization of the community members to full cooperation with LCW staff until the house was completed.
Linet’s testimony was emotional, touching and sincere as you could see happiness on her face, she lacked words to express her joy as tears kept rolling down her cheeks. She exclaimed ”Agwanda kod LCM uumo dunga, Nyasaye mondo omedu” translation “Director and the entire LCM fraternity you have covered my shame may God Bless you abundantly”. She also encouraged neighbors who had come to help her not to give up in whatever situation they are in because God will meet them at their time of need. Her words were so encouraging. Certainly nobody wanted her to sleep outside or in her initial tiny leaking house. With the help of the Life for Children Welfare staff and community members, Linet was blessed with a big new tin-roofed house. We blessed the house and blessed the family. We could not do this if not for the support we get from our sponsors and donors. May God bless you abundantly!
Over years this day has been celebrated in many parts of the country. The Day of the African Child has been an opportunity to raise awareness for the ongoing need to improve the education of children living across Africa. It’s a need that still very much exists today.
This year celebration was marked with the theme: ACCESS TO CHILD FRIENDLY, JUSTICE SYSTEM IN AFRICA. This celebration was so restricted with no gathering allowed. We were privileged to take part in this celebration by visiting children at the Mama Ngina Children Home. We were lucky to meet with children officer Madame Everline and the local county children officer who appreciated our participation. We issued them with jerricans implemented for hand wash and masks which were distributed to all children present in this institution. The children officer wished to visit our office some day when things normalized.
Along with the recent challenges of swarming locusts which has destroyed crops and livelihoods and catastrophic floods, Life for Children’s Ministry https://www.lifeforchildrenministry.org/ is currently challenged with keeping their community safe from COVID-19. Thanks to your generosity, 500 washable masks and a large quantity of handwashing stations were recently purchased.
In order to provide for the entire LCM community, we are focused on raising funds to purchase another 3,000 masks and additional handwashing stations. Will you be so kind to partner with us in this most critical fundraiser?
As we make way into a brand new year, we also reflect back and say “Thank You” to supporters of this ministry in 2019. The Christmas Meals drive was a huge success with more families this year being supported with a rich meal to fellowship and praise Jesus over.
…A word of blessing from Kenya
Greetings, As we end the year 2019, may we find it in our hearts to thank God for enabling us to reach this far through His might. In the process of highlighting our new year resolutions as individuals and an organization, I wish us all the best. Through His Grace and Mercies, we are going to achieve our goals for 2020. May the Almighty provide More through our donors and bless them along with their families. Amen.
Street Kids Ministry blessing the homeless with food on Christmas
Michael Agwanda handing out food items to local community that includes much sought-after beef!
Fellowship and praising OUR LORD after food distribution. THANK YOU for your kind support!
The Lord bless you and keep you; The Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; The Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace. Num 6:24-26
It is certainly true that it is more of a blessing to give than receive. Consider your year-end giving to help support orphans and vulnerable children in Kenya. Life For Children Ministry is a 501(c)(3) non-profit comprised of an all-volunteer board here in the U.S., so your donations go directly to Kenya for the support of these young ones. We are grateful and thankful for Jesus Christ, Our Savior, for centering and driving this ministry as we celebrate 13 years of watching these orphans grow into the thriving young adults they are! Visit us at https://www.lifeforchildrenministry.org/how-to-help to see how you can dial-in and take part in various ongoing support programs.
Today is World Orphans Day (November 10, 2019). As we come together as God’s family to care for those in need, let’s pray for safety, health and general welfare for our world’s orphans. Life for Children Ministry has been on the ground for a little over a decade now finding extended relatives of children who have lost both their parents primarily from the AIDS pandemic in western Kenya. In addition to prayer we are registered with Amazon Smile as a genuine partner. Shop on Amazon Smile and a percentage of your sale goes to help your friends in need. Go to www.smile.amazon.com and choose Life For Children Ministry as your charity of choice (located under the Amazon search bar).
It is that time of the year when people are starting to have a feeling of Christmas. Many have started planning for Christmas holiday, some will be traveling for vocation while majority will be looking forward to joining families on Christmas day. A day for exchanging gifts, sharing a meal and thanking God for watching over us through the year, but beyond all, a day to celebrate the birth of our savior Jesus Christ.
Picture this, there are families out there that would have wanted to have a family gathering, food on the dinner table on Christmas day but would not. Not because they don’t want but because they can’t afford food on that day. They can’t buy beef or chicken to share with a family. Because of this http://www.lifeforchildrenministry.org has been partnering with friends, churches and individuals that would like to share a meal with families on Christmas day. With $ 20 you can bring great joy and happiness to a family of 10 people on Christmas day. They can have food, share a prayer and invite neighbors to share a meal with them. Its a great joy and expectation of every home in Africa.
With your support in the past, we have been able to buy a bull for beef, cooking oil, flower, vegetable, soap and anything else we can afford for such needy families. Please consider sharing a meal on Christmas day with a family in Kenya. you can make this possible though our website at https://www.lifeforchildrenministry.org/meals2019