As we all take time to reflect on the challenges the pandemic has brought to us, we would like to highlight a handful of heroes who have devoted themselves to supporting children and families in Kenya over the last 18 months.
Martha serves as an administrator in the Children of the Kingdom office in Kenya, and she is a mother of one child. During Covid-19, she has shown herself to be a strong leader as she has supported children through some very difficult times. She goes the extra mile (literally) to make home visits to children in the program, and she knows the children and their families well. During times when the community went into lockdown, it was not easy to get information about how the children were faring, but she made a way to keep the connections and to continue to show support. Her big heart and unconditional love for the children has been a motivating force in supporting the work of Children of the Kingdom ministry.
Pastor Wilson Lopungurei
Pastor Wilson is the father to a boy named Victor who is currently being sponsored in our program. Since the beginning of the Covid-19 outbreak, he has supported children in Kakuma which is a town in northwestern Turkana County, Kenya. It is the site of a UNHCR refugee camp, established in 1992. Even though Pastor Wilson has his own health struggles with diabetes and high blood pressure, he has made continued efforts to reach children and their families in the refugee camp and host community. For some of the children that our staff could not reach in the refugee camp, he made it possible to deliver food and supplies to them with his motorbike, and he gained access to the refugee camp through a pastor’s organization he was a part of. We are so grateful for Pastor Wilson serving as the bridge by providing support for these families during a critical time.
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In our June post and our July update, we shared about Children of the Kingdom’s small scale farm in Lodwar, Kenya that has supplied nutritious food for children and families in the community. Students studying agriculture in our program have been able to apply their technical skills and training in a time when it has been most needed due to food shortages and strain on the community due to Covid-19. The land has been provided by the KVDA (the Kerio Valley Development Authority), and Veronica Lemuya, our director in Kenya, continues to lead students in projects like this that deepen community partnerships and offer opportunities for empowerment and success. More pictures of the continued joy of the harvest are below.