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Houses for Widows

Family based care for orphans is a vital and much needed ministry of Life For Children. Many of our children have been placed in the care of their grandmothers. Often times, these women have been widowed due to HIV/AIDS. LCM saw the need from the beginning to also include widow care into their ministry model since they play an important role in the lives of the children. One of the ways in which they support Widows is to provide safe and stable homes for them and the children in their care. A safe, stable, and secure house can be built for approximately $1000.

Wilfrida Awiti is no stranger to Life For Children Ministry. She has been the guardian to Samson Odhiambo from the time when he was a small child up until the time he aged out of the LCM program. During her time as a guardian with LCM Wilfrida was faithful to attend the former bi-weekly fellowships at the office when her health would allow. She formed deep and meaningful relationships with the other guardians. Currently, she is 71 years old and although she does not have any LCM children in her care today, Wilfrida does have several small children who are dependent on her. She has also remained faithful to attend the fellowships with our guardians once month in Chiga, provided that she is in good health.

Recently, during one of our visits to Chiga to make home visits with some of the children, we were invited to come to Wilfrida’s house. Upon arrival, we noticed that her house was in very bad shape due to the recent rains that have come. Every time it rains, some pieces of the walls begin to fall off. In addition, sometimes the rains cause water to surround her house. At night, when it rains she fears that the house may fall onto her and the children in the home.

Outside of Wilfrida's house crumbling from heavy rains

Outside of Wilfrida’s house, water pooling on each side

Inside damage from heavy rains

Corner of house damaged from storms

Due to the extremely unsafe conditions, especially during this rainy season, Life For Children was able to build Wilfrida a new home.

Construction on the new home took only three days to complete. We praise God for providing this home for Wilfrida. She expressed to us that she is thankful to LCM and the donors who provided this new home for her. She also stated that she is sleeping peacefully at night and does not worry about the safety of her home.

Constructing the house for Wilfrida

A hardy tin roof is added to the framed house.

Wall consruction

LCM Worker, Maureen, helps with mudding wall

Wilfrida (center) is grateful for a safe and stable home

Wilfrida (center) wants to thank you for building her a safe and stable home

Wilfrida Awiti

Wilfrida Awiti

Micro-Finance: A Key to Eliminate Poverty

Small entrepreneurs in the communities have lacked access to financial services to promote their businesses for many years. In 2013, Michael Agwanda the founder of Life for Children ministry initiated Micro Enterprise Development Department (MEDD) in Wachara community; with the intention of reaching vulnerable men and women who are diligent entrepreneurs, by giving them loans to boost their small businesses and move them from dependence on aid to self sustainability, eventually moving the entire family out of poverty. With increased household income, widows and guardians to orphaned children can provide healthy food for their children, safe housing, access to healthcare and quality education.

Since that time, we have had testimonies from clients who point out to amazing success and growth they have had through MEDD.

Patricia Oloo

Patricia had struggled for 15 years working as a tailor. Her small earnings from repairing cloths could hardly match the demand of her family and desires to sell new fabrics were frustrated due to lack of capital. She therefore decided to join MEDD by forming a group where they participate in informal savings by contributing a small amount of money on a weekly basis. She was able to save enough to secure a loan with MEDD. Patricia decided to borrow twenty thousand Kenya Shillings (20,000) as her first loan which helped her bring fabrics and part of it bought a goat. Her business increased in profit and she was able to pay back the loan. Patricia is now servicing her fourth loan of sixty thousand Kenya Shillings (60,000) which consistently helps her buy not only fabrics but also second hand clothes to sell. The growth of her business has helped her to provide healthy food for her family on a consistent basis.

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Jane Akeyo

Jane is a mother of five children, she used her small savings she got from farming to open a small retail shop in 2005. But with insufficient capital, she was able to sell only a few items. After five years of being turned down by lenders in the community, she was referred to MEDD where she joined a group and took her first loan of ten thousand Kenya Shillings (10,000). Today, after four more loans from MEDD, Jane has a full equipped retail shop and she is able to pay her children medical bills, education fees and pay rent for her shop without difficulties.

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Supporting Jane, Patricia and other entrepreneurs who want to advance in their businesses is what MEDD is all about. Those who have stepped forward to join hands in groups no longer shy away from loans advanced by microfinance. Nothing is as gratifying as an economically empowered guardian or widow.

BY EMILY

You can also give to empower more women in business through the Life for Children Ministry Website

Street Kids Program Report for May 2018

The month of May has so far been peaceful though the intensity of rain has been causing havoc in different parts of the country. Some of the street boys we have of late are from the flood stricken areas, where families have been displaced, families loosing loved ones and water-borne diseases on the rise. A number of boys have been complaining of chest pains, coughs and malaria due to the cold weather.

Field-work;

James/Peter

James Ouma and Peter Otieno;

James and Peter are boys who came recently to the streets mid last month. They are aged 14 and 16yrs. They were orphaned when both parents were swept by flood and drowned. This harrowing experience left them scared as many homes are still flooded, destroyed and people ran away to save their lives.

The two boys are still afraid and look timid, though they are willing to go back home but need a lot of counseling, encouragement and advice. Closely will been monitoring their progress during field-work, that if they are still there.

The weekly field work are doing okay, this enhances close interaction with the boys giving them a listening hear. Encouraging them and administering first aid to those who are feeling unwell, advising them to seek further medical attention for ailments that are serious.

We have had an increase of new young boys ages 9-15 in the streets and also at the Sunday program.

Fred 12yrs;

Fred omuse comes from mumias western part of Kenya; he has been on the streets from September this year. He ran away from home because of being beaten by his uncle who is alcoholic. The mother passed on when he was 1yrs leaving him under the care of his uncle.

Omuse longs to continue with his education given an opportunity, going back home is out of question because he feels unwanted due to the constant abuse. He would rather be in a children’s home than going back there.

Paul kemboi 13yrs;

Paul comes from belgut kericho area, their home borders Maasai in the rift-valley. He has been on the streets for 5 months now. He lost both parents to clashes when the Maasai’s invaded their home running away with their animals (cows and sheep). Their home was burned down by fire in the wee hours of the morning killing his parents as he narrates painfully. He escaped narrowly since he slept in a neighbor’s home. During the programs we take time with such boys, to encourage them, many of whom have been going through different challenges in life.

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Gay/Lesbians

The gay and lesbians group has intensified its operations and they are spreading their net wide. Destabilizing families, school going pupils and street boys. Their operations are both during the day and night as they attract and influence people through handouts and cash.

Four street boys last week alone were enticed by receiving 5000kshs each. Other street boys know them. Though these boys have not been coming to our programs, we have given a warning to the boys to be extra careful not to be enticed.

Arrests;

The arrest has been intensified, going on day and night. This has caused a number of boys to scamp for safety, some running away into hiding for dear life. Close to 20 boys have been arrested this month the young ones taken to juvenile while older ones to prison.

Education;

Schools have opened for second term and the school going pupils have since gone back. Emmanuel’s lunches and tuition fee is always catered for by the organization. Early this month Bethany a missioner with us and I went to pay Emmanuel a visit in school. This was the first time Bethany was seeing Emmanuel.

She was very happy to see what God can do to street boys, when they are given a chance in life. Emmanuel has improved so much; he looks very happy and speaks amazing English. He has maintained 1st position in grade 5 with 384Mks. We encouraged him to work even harder for this will better his life in future.

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Dump-church;

The dump church fellowship has had a rough few weeks after the structure was pulled down again by heavy rains and wind. For that period the fellowship was on and off but thanks to God through the offerings given by members and well-wishers the building is up again.

The fellowship is going on. The dump-site boys are fairing on well and the bibles donated to the fellowship is helping them grow spiritually and get grounded in God’s word.

Sunday;

The Sunday programs and fellowship have been doing great, the boys have maintained coming early by 6.15am waiting for the fellowship to start. This has given them an opportunity to learn more on depending on God and trusting Him for their day today life.

Praise and worship has been playing a very important role in lifting the spirits of the boys and drawing the most needed inner strength to continue facing the hurdles of life.

The month of May we have been learning on the challenges life brings to us. Example the story of David, the hardships he passed through to become great as the king of Israel. The number of boys ,that have attended the programs 68,62,67,65 totaling to 262. God bless the director, donors and staff for their continued support.

Compiled by Tonny

Street Kid Program

Roughly 7 years ago, it became apparent that Life For Children Ministry would never have the financial resources to place every street boy with a guardian and support them with funds for food, school fees, and uniforms. It was also apparent that the number of boys on the streets was growing.  Seeing the needs of these boys sleeping on the streets of Kisumu and eating scraps of food in the city dump, the ministry made the decision to begin a Sunday worship service for all of the boys who showed up, followed by a hot meal and encouragement. It was felt that even if we could not meet all of the needs of these young boys, we could share the love and saving grace of Jesus. About the same time, a lady on a short-term mission trip came to Kisumu and witnessed the plight of the street boys. Since that time, this lady, with God’s help and inspiration has provided the majority of the financial help to keep the program going. In addition, another lady in Georgia provided all of the funds needed to purchase large pots and pans as well as plastic plates and cups to feed an average of 100 boys each Sunday. The program has had many ups and downs over these 7 years, but it has been very evident that we were doing God’s will and HE was providing for the needs of the boys. We have seen many boys accept Christ as their savior and go on the lead a productive life. About four years ago we started a repatriation program and have helped many of the younger boys return to their home village and unite once again with family members. On the down side, the feeding program has been forced to find a new location three or four times due to the stigma that follows the street boys. I wish that every one of you reading this newsletter could look into the faces of these boys as they worship and enjoy their only hot meal of the week. The expressions of their faces communicate their gratitude much better than words. Take a look at the pictures on the street boy web page and you will begin to see what I mean.

Street Boys

Now after seven years, we find ourselves without funding and are looking for help.  We are praying that God will raise up 52 people who will commit to funding the feeding program for one week each year for as many years as God provides. The total cost per week runs about $310. This covers the food cost, rent for the building, soap, and medicine. If you feel led to help with this ministry, please include a note with your check and send to: Life For Children Ministry, 7770 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs, GA 30350. If you would prefer, you can break the $310 down and send monthly contributions.

May God richly bless you,

Charles Clements

 

Street Boy Web Page      http://streekidsofkenya.org/

 

Sharing and Giving

One of the best ways to show love is by giving and helping the needy in our society. Giving is the best tool God has given that helps us advance and increase our lives, and by so doing we will never lack since it is the promise of God in his word. Malachi 3v11. Life for children has continued to touch the lives of street boys in many different ways. In this photo the boys are excited receiving shirts and trousers donated by well wishers and trying them on at the Sunday program. All the 68 boys in attendance got a shirt or a pant. Keep the spirit of giving alive.

By Tonny

 

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Life for Children Ministry has been having Church every Sunday for the street boys, we have also been preparing them the only meal for them every Sunday after their  church service. Several of you who have come to Kenya, have not only witnessed but participated on the same. This has been  made possible by your prayers and financial support. We would like to let you know however that this program is almost coming to a halt because of lack of funds. Kindly consider giving generously  for this program to continue. It is making a difference and it brings life and hope for these hopeless boys.
Be blessed.
Michael Agwanda

Building the Whole Person

 

THE MAJOR MILESTONE in Sharon awino

Joined life for children ministry in 2006 as pioneers, Sharon is coming from a very humble background staying with the maternal grandmother mama Francisca Akuro.

In tiny single room at the slums of nyalenda, Sharon with the guardian sharing this room with 5 other siblings!, God has used life for children ministry in responding to the spiritual and physical needs of this family, first and foremost the child was removed from the Indian cult of hare Krishna To the worship of one true God by the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. This touched the hearts of many people for this soul that was rescued from the occultic organization and Angels in heaven must be rejoicing, Sharon’s case is clear indication of how many orphans and vulnerable children that have been taken advantage of by being led away from Christ because of poverty-thank God to this model used by life for children in reaching out to such souls

Because of poor housing conditions and bad influence the guardian was built nice house by the ministry at the upcountry and relocated there with the whole family, she is doing small farming to support her family and their health conditions has really improved and their spiritual life is getting stronger, the guardian is strong member of the local church in that area

Sharon’s looks very smart, healthy, and with strong personality and we cannot take this for granted as she prepares to do her final year in the secondary education, this family is really blessed by the support given to Sharon by the supporters of life for children” I don’t know how miserable my life  could have be had it not been for life for children support”, says Sharon, I thank God for this opportunity it has made great impact to my life and our family, to be in secondary school is not only an achievement but also major milestone in our family.
In life for children ministry Sharon is one of the many lives that have been transformed by the support given to life for children pool cause she does not have specific sponsor. I appeal to you continue supporting so that we may be able to reach to more souls with the love and message of Christ

 

 

–  LCM in Kenya

Christmas Relief for Street Boys

This festive season always carries with it fond memories full of love and UN-deserving grace bestowed on us by God as sinners. By the birth of Christ we all are brought to the same level of mercy and salvation. Its a time of personal reflection and thanks giving, life for children extended this love to street boys by giving bread and milk to help carry them through the day. And sharing the word of God with them. On this photo boys are very happy.XmasStreetBoys

The Street Kids of Kenya, Updated Nov 2017

Dear Friends,
Greetings,
This being a giving Sunday, I’ wanted to share with you our street program report. The ministry has been feeding the street boys every Sunday and holding a church for them. For those that have visited me in Kenya, you can attest to the life they are leading.
It is my prayer that as you consider to give in this special day, that you would consider giving to Life for Children Ministry www.lifeforchildrenministy.org  to continue with the work to the least of the least in Kenya.
We love and we are praying for you.
Be blessed.
Michael Agwanda
REPORT: STREET KIDS UPDATE

The month of November has so far been peaceful from the intense political activities experienced in the previous months. The boys are fairing on well in their different bases.

Field-work;

The weekly field work are doing okay, this enhances close interaction with the boys giving them a listening hear. Encouraging them and administering first aid to those who are feeling unwell, at the same time advising them to seek further medical attention for ailments that are serious.

We have had an increase of new young boys ages 9-15 in the streets and also at the Sunday program. This increase is raising concern on our moral family values. A number of these boys are still very young and seeing them on the streets is not good.

Frank 12yrs;

Frank omuse comes from mumias western part of Kenya; he has been on the streets from September this year. He ran away from home because of being beaten by his uncle who drinks every day. The mother passed on when he was 2yrs leaving him under the care of his uncle. He has never seen the father.

Omuse longs to continue with his education given an opportunity, concerning going back home, he feels unwanted due to the constant abuse. He would rather be in a children’s home than going back there.

Steven tarus 13yrs;

Steven comes from belgut kericho area in the rift-valley. He has been on the streets for 3 months now. He lost both parents to clashes when the Maasai’s invaded their home running away with their animals (cows and sheep). Their home was burned down by fire in the wee hours of the morning killing his parents as he narrates painfully. He escaped narrowly since he slept in a neighbor’s home.

The boy seems traumatized by the event and still fears for his life. During the programs we take time with such boys, to encourage them, many of whom have been going through different hard times in life.
Arrests;

The past two weeks has not been easy for the boys. The county government came up with a plan to get the boys out of the streets. The arrest has been intensified, going on day and night. This has caused a number of boys to scamp for safety, some running away into hiding for dear life. Close to 50 boys have been arrested the young ones taken to juvenile while older ones to prison.

Vincent Otieno 13yrs;

Vincent hails from seme reru, he left home early this year after a constant beating from the uncle and step mother. His parents passed on leaving him under the care of his uncle. Vincent dropped out in class 4, though willing to go back to school given an opportunity but not back home because of the abuse.

During the crack-down his right arm was broken, bleeding and had to seek urgent medical attention. These are some of the dangers the boys encounter in the streets.

Vincent Otieno

Young Vincent is living in the streets of Kisumu

Death;

Brain Omondi 17yrs’

Brian was one of the happiest street boys you could ever come across. It was hard to notice whether he had any problems since his smile was always evident. During field-work, you could meet him going about his things.

He was never attending the Sunday programs because he was busy selling shop items on the streets (hocking). Brian’s body was found on the lake shore with deep wound around the neck. He must have been strangled, the motive not known.

Dump-church;

The dump church fellowship has had a rough few weeks after the structure was pulled down by heavy rains and wind in October. For that period the fellowship was on and off but thanks to God through the offerings given by members and well-wishers the building is up again.

The fellowship is going on. The dump-site boys are fairing on well and the bibles donated to the fellowship is helping them grow spiritually and get grounded in God’s word. Thanks to the Texas Christians for such donations.

Education;

Schools have closed down for the long December holidays and kids are back at home. Emmanuel has been doing great both at home and school. He has maintained the lead in his class where he was top position 1 with 405marks out of 500. The performance of Emmanuel has been very encouraging even to the teachers.

He is a disciplined boy both at home and in school, respecting the elders and obedient according to the teachers. Thanks to life for children for giving such a boy a second chance in life.

Sunday;

The Sunday programs and fellowship have been doing great, the boys have maintained coming early by 6.15am waiting for the fellowship to start. This has given them an opportunity to learn more on depending on God and trusting Him for their day today life.

Praise and worship has been playing a very important role in lifting the spirits of the boys and drawing the most needed inner strength to continue facing the hurdles of life.

The month of November we have been learning on the challenges life brings to us. Example the story of Joseph, the hardships he passed through to become great. The meals have been nutritious and very helpful to the boys well being. The attendance has been 105, 102, 97, 95 respectively. Thanks to the director, donors and staff for the continued support towards street boys program. Be blessed.

Bibles Delivered to a Church Formed at a City Dump!

The Bible is the most valuable tool in every Christian life as the saying goes, the best gift you can be given is the bible. Whoever gives you a bible, offers life in its fullness since that person has showed you how to get to God. I cannot overemphasize the role of God’s word in our lives. But I can authoritatively say by the grace of God, that the Bible is God himself expressing who he is and what He means to us.
Here at the dump-site church we were blessed to have received this gift from the Wesley foundation and Life for Children Ministry. 31 Bibles were a great blessing to this congregation and they say a big thank you to the donors. The excitement and joy of receiving God’s word wow!  -Pastor TonnyChurchBibles

An Improved Farming Method

Wachara community is a rural area where Life for children ministry has been in a forefront to improve and support the welfare of the community members not only through sponsorship of the vulnerable orphans, building improved houses to vulnerable families, spiritual nourishment, microfinance support to small businesses and also providing TRACTOR to the community farmers.

Farming being the economic activity in the community, community members fully depend on farm products for commercial purposes and for consumption. Wachara community has been using traditional way of farming method where farmers use cows for ploughing, this method is time and energy consuming and only small area of the farm will be worked on.

Thanks to Life for Children Ministry for bringing in board easier way of farming through provision of a tractor in the community. This helps them plough lands which were left barren and easy way to saves time thus promote sufficient food within the community not only as an individual farmer but also to the entire community.

I wish to pass my sincere gratitude to the donors and founder Director Mr. Michael Agwanda for making work easier for farmers and the entire community thus improving the living standard for the community members. Today Wachara Village has improved their yield compared to previous years. Our objective is to increase our production hence food security for the community. It is our prayer that in future we shall get additional tractor since the demand is getting high and it is overwhelming one tractor.

Traditional Farming

A Hand plow and a team of Cows are limited to the amount of acreage they can till

Tractor At Work

New tractor plowing a neighborhood plot that will increase crop output