“She sets about her work vigorously;
her arms are strong for her tasks.
She sees that her trading is profitable,
and her lamp does not go out at night.”
The Naafu group is one of many groups that routinely meet to help and encourage each other’s businesses
In the rural areas of Kenya, finding consistent work is a struggle for many people. Most families rely on subsistence farming for their daily meals. Sometimes this is enough, but most often, it is a struggle to depend solely on this type of farming, especially after an exceptionally brutal rainy season. When the Husband and/or Father of the family is able to find work (usually some type of manual labor) the money from that can be used to supplement the nutrition of the family, pay school fees, buy clothes and other things the family might need. However, finding consistent work in villages is very difficult.
One of the ways in which Life For Children ministers to the local community in Kisumu and Wachara, is through a microfinance program called MEDD. The program has helped over 1000 men and women start small businesses since it’s conception in 2011. MEDD focuses on men and women in the community who have business minds but do not have the means or opportunity to open their own businesses. MEDD trains these individuals with business skills, the most important of which is a savings account. Small loans are then given to them based on their ability to save. Little by little they are able to build their businesses without the burden of a huge debt hanging over them.
Nafuu Women’s Group was started is under the leadership of Emily, the MEDD Microfinance Officer in Wachara. These women came together as a group to support each other in their individual business efforts. The word “nafuu” is Swahili for “comfortable” in English. Nafuu truly captures the spirit of this group. The members came up with this name because they want every woman to feel comfortable in the group. Their businesses range from selling basic need items (flour, tea, bread, washing powder) from a small shop windows to selling fish to tailoring and clothes making.
Each week they meet together with Emily to discuss how they businesses are doing and to make payments on their loans or to their savings.
Recently, I was able to visit the Nafuu group and I asked the members this question: “What does having your own small business mean for you and your family?” One of the women responded “I don’t have to wait until my husband finds work to feed my family, I am able to do it with my business.”
We praise God for all that He is doing through Life For Children ministry to give hope and life to the village of Wachara.
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, water pooling on each side
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.
A hardy tin roof is added to the framed house.
LCM Worker, Maureen, helps with mudding wall
Wilfrida (center) wants to thank you for building her a safe and stable home
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Tagged children, christian, christian charity, help, homeless, house building, kenya, ministry, relief, support, widows
Family is always an integral part of our society and plays a very important role in day to day life. Considering the fabrics and the need to belong for every human being, street boys are not exceptional; they tend to identify themselves with the new environment they find themselves in. This has created a family unit for the boys. In different spots in town they call “base’ from there they relate, protect and care for each other. The photo shows how these boys are happy and trusting in God for their daily lives.
Life for Children Ministry feeds the streets boys every Sunday and have church, medical attention and provides soap for their bathing. Life for children also repatriates and reunite the willing boys to their families. Any support will be appreciated to continue reaching these boys with the word of Christ. Please see our website for more info.
Founder of LCM, Michael Agwanda
In October 2016, Life for Children Ministry is leading a full week of training for 60 lay pastors in Kenya and we would like to ask for your help. Will you please read the note below, pray for the training pastors and the lay pastor students, and consider joining us in supporting this important mission?
In Eastern Kenya, outside the cities, thousands of church groups are led by lay pastors. These lay pastors serve because they are called. The vast majority have no formal seminary training. These pastors serve small churches in villages. A few may have a church building, others meet in borrowed or rented space or in school class rooms, and a few meet in the open under trees. These are known in Kenya as indigenous churches. Their church members are generally poor and not well educated. Some pastors know only a few Bible verses and teach them repeatedly. Training is badly needed.
Several years ago Michael began asking US pastors who came to Kenya with their church short term mission teams to teach small groups of pastors. This training was very well received and has been a valuable resource for those able to attend. This year, in October, five pastors and teachers from the USA will lead a full week’s teaching for 60 lay pastors. This is the largest group to be trained and can have a major positive impact on the effective outreach of churches in the area.
These lay pastors, in most cases, are as poor as their congregants. Life for Children Ministry will need to cover the cost of their transportation, hotel room, meals and incidentals. The cost will be about $60 per day per student or $300 for the week. For 60 students the total cost will be $18,000. The five pastors making the trip are raising funds to help with these expenses but cannot raise the total amount. We anticipate the Mission Team will provide about $10,000 of the total. We need your help to raise the remaining need of $8000.
These students have been thirsting for this training and we do not want to disappoint. Please respond by sponsoring students by the day for $60 each, by the week for $300 each or with the gift you feel called to give to assure these pastors receive this badly needed training.
Donations can be done online using the General Fund or Project donation buttons on the Life for Children Ministry website. Please be sure to annotate the payment is for “Lay Pastor Training” during the payment process. Information for check payment is also there if needed.
As with any ministry, transportation is key for proper management of resources. From food distribution to emergency medical trips, a good reliable piece of transportation is extremely important to handle the rough terrain and weather conditions.
7 years ago we had the good fortune to partner with Rotary International to procure our first key vehicle. A van that has served us so well with 4 wheel drive to navigate the washed-out roads when the rainy season begins. Currently, the van is used to transport children to school, mobilize staff and short term mission members to the field, help with fellowship and many other operational duties. We are now coming to the point where a replacement is quickly needed as more plans are taking shape for an increase in the number of children, visiting mission teams and an ever-growing list of requirements for multiple programs.
The cost is $30k USD. Not a trivial request, but we are amazed at how God guides and unites others for His purpose in the kingdom. He has been ever faithful in providing the necessary tools to serve the needs of the many. We also ask for your prayer to provide a reliable transport for our needs.
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Thanks again for your prayers, kind thoughts and support. Many Blessings!
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A few pictures of orphans ready for your help.
Food production has continued to have many challenges in the eastern region of Africa. Area famine statistics are approaching epic proportions. Life For Children Ministry has put into motion needed resources to help, and asks you to kindly stand by us to help with this effort. Thank you for all your prayers and support.
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Tagged africa, children, donate, drought, famine, for, kenya, life, ministry, orphans, prayers, relief, support
You can help a soul that is truly the “Least of the Least”. Contact Life For Children Ministry to learn how to participate in the Orphan Sponsorship program.
A few picture of orphans ready for your help.
Michael tastes clean water
Michael Agwanda, missionary and founder of Life For Children Ministry, finally tastes the efforts of success in bringing a fresh water supply to a remote community void of this simple basic life sustenance.