We Belong to Each Other: Stories From Compassion Kenya

As the Compassion Bloggers journeyed to local church communities across Kenya, one thing became clear to them: We’re not alone, we belong to each other.

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3 Reasons You’ll Want to Follow the Compassion Bloggers in Kenya

Nine years and 14 trips later, thousands of kids are now sponsored. Hundreds of stories are able to beam brightly from the dark shadows of the world. This Thursday, the Compassion Bloggers head to Kenya on trip number 15 and here are three reasons you’ll want to follow along!

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An Oasis of Talent in the Mire of Mathare Valley

Mathare Community Outreach The Saturday program at Mathare Community Outreach begins by focusing on the spiritual development of the children. It starts with devotions and worship and is followed by 30 minutes of small group Bible study.

For the children who have accepted Christ as their Savior, the center staff conduct a discipleship class which occurs during the Bible study.

In addition to the spiritual development of the children, the center has programs to address the physical, social and economic needs of the children.

The key factor in creating a stable economic future for the children is education; education is the key.

But beyond focusing on excellence in school, the center staff help identify and develop the talents of the children, musically and artistically, so they have even greater opportunities to succeed.

The center has a cooking program, choir and music program and drama team and works with the children to develop their public speaking abilities.

Here’s a sample of what the kids are producing.

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Being a Sponsor is Not Easy

Dreams are made with sweat and discomfort, effort and uncertainty and moments of success and failure. They’re kneaded together with sacrifice and generosity and held together with drive, perseverance and surrender.

Relationships are like that too. And so is sponsorship.

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Education is the Key

education is the key Education. Education. Education is the key.

Do you think these children at KE-630, Good Shepard Isinya Student Center, believe that education is the key?

You can also view the Education is the key video in Vimeo.

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What Does My Sponsored Child Learn at the Child Development Center?

By attending classes at his or her child development center your sponsored child receives age-appropriate instruction in four main areas: spiritual, cognitive, physical and socio-emotional.

At KE-630, Good Shepard Isinya Student Center, all the children begin their Saturday at 9 a.m. with spiritual learning.

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I Met An Orphan Today

What follows is an excerpt from a blog post we recommend you read. It’ll move you.

We sampled the post selectively. There’s emotional stuff in between the samples. Promise.

I met an orphan today.

I don’t think I’ll ever forget her face.

. . .

I sat down on a bench and she scooted towards me. “What is your name?”

In perfect English, “My name is Susan. I am 12.”

She looked at me. I mean, really, looked into my eyes with a question in hers and then she blurted out, “Can I touch your hair?”

. . .

She tried braiding my hair and after a few minutes she gave up saying, “I think something is wrong with your hair. I can’t braid it.” Oh Susan, you are a wise one.

. . .

Again, her eyes found mine and she questioned, “Can I touch your skin? It is so white.”

This time I could only nod as she gently touched my arms and then my legs peeking out from my cropped pants.

“You are the first white woman I have touched,” she said in an almost hushed voice.

Read all of Kristen Welch’s post at We Are THAT Family.

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Confessing to Something That Probably Means I’m Human

The poverty in my life is emotional and spiritual. The poverty in the lives of the kids you sponsor and the kids we’re meeting here in Kenya is that and more.

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Tending a Kitchen Garden: Lessons From a Child Survival Program Mom

kitchen gardening What does a kitchen garden have to do with increasing the chance a child lives to see age five?

Kitchen gardens are a part of the “empowerment training” that moms and caregivers receive at the Kawangware Child Survival Program (KEC28), and Caroline is a mom who is benefiting from this training.

Outside of her 10′ x 10′ home, Caroline maintains a kitchen garden, something she learned to do in the Child Survival Program.

The garden provides food for her six-member family and requires tending to make sure bugs don’t destroy the vegetables, along with the hope she and her husband have for something more. When we ended our home visit with Caroline and her family yesterday,

“her husband proudly told us that his wife was working hard and that together they were changing their situation. He thanked us for coming to visit their house that they lived in “for now.” He said “for now” because he told us that he knew that they wouldn’t be there forever. The tools they had and the skills they learned were helping them break free from the poverty that surrounded them.”

Read more of Caroline’s story on Brad Ruggles blog – Learning How to Live.

You can also view the kitchen garden video on MySpace.

Support a Child Survival Program for $20 a month and you can help empower moms like Caroline.

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Empowering Moms With Charcoal Dust and Dirt

income generating activity One of the ways that the Child Survival Program empowers mothers is by offering literacy and economic training to help them better provide for their families.

Jackline is a mom at the Kawangware Child Survival Program which is part of the Kawangare Child Development Center.

The economic training she received taught her to make charcoal from charcoal dust and dirt and then use the charcoal to roast corn to sell on the side of the road.

Roasting the corn allows Jackline to make about $1 a day to feed her two children, including 14-month old Flavian.

We visited the Kawangware Child Survival Program today, met Jackline and watched her demonstrate the skill that helps her provide for her children.

You can also view the income generating activity video on Vimeo.

We also met Caroline, another mom in the program. She was excited to show us the income generating activity she was taught. You can read Caroline’s story on Brad Ruggles blog – Learning How to Live.



Support a Child Survival Program for $20 a month
and you can help empower moms like Jackline and Caroline.

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