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Current Projects and Ministries in Kenya
Over the years, the focus of our financial support in Kenya shifts as the needs in the region change. Upon our 2015 visit to Kenya, we saw that projects directly or indirectly supporting education are highly beneficial to the churches and the people in the Kerio Valley. In addition to the student sponsorship program, these projects are currently eligible for your support.
Makini Pads Project
In working to support education for Kenyan students, we learned that many young girls consistently miss school on a monthly basis due to lack of resources for their personal hygiene needs during menstruation.
We are now partnering with Kenya Works, a multi-faceted, Kenya-based initiative. Thanks to their Makini Project, we have been able to provide washable, reusable sanitary napkins and panties for the Liter School for Girls. Makini means "dignity" in Swahili, and support of this project ensures better school attendance and increased dignity for young women.
Costs of the program:
$ 12.50 provides sanitary pads/panties for one girl for one year.
$ 2,500 provides sanitary pads/panties for 200 girls at Liter Girls School for one year.
Women’s Entrepreneurship Program
First Congregational provides start-up funds and training for small businesses run by women. The women receive loans from a central fund, and as they repay, the fund applies its interest income toward the support of additional entrepreneurs. The women report back that, thanks to these loans, they are now able to pay school fees for their children and feed their families.
Costs of the program:
$ 500 provides startup costs and beginning inventory for a small business.
$ 250 provides expansion of a small business.
AIC Kapchesewes Children's Home in Kapsowar
Kapchesewes Children’s home in Kapsowar, Kenya is supported by the Africa Inland Churches. It is home to the most vulnerable children, those who have no family to care for them. Pastor Richard Cherop, a Kenyan partner who visited First Congregational in April 2014, is on the board of directors for the home. Funds from First Congo's Alternative Christmas Market have helped this orphanage.
Sustainability for Kenyan Doctors and Chaplains
MSI Africa is building an endowment to fund the salaries of one Kenyan doctor and chaplain for each rural hospital in Kenya. Kenyan rural hospitals are responsible for the health care and gospel outreach for Kenya’s poorest populations, and as the number of international missionary doctors, nurses and chaplains declines, many of these facilities are in danger of closing.
Donations made to the general fund are sent to the Africa Inland Church Council to help them meet local needs as they see fit.