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Gospel of Peace Ministries

EVIG COVENANT CHRISTIAN CHURCH

Executive Summary

Homeless and impoverished orphans in Kenya are many due to AIDS and related post-election violence in the country is in need of care and education. When children lose their parents to an illness like AIDS, a relative generally takes in the child and cares for them. When no relative is able to care for a child, they are forced to live on the street and for that child, all hope is lost. Life is hard enough for a child in Kenya, but with no one to care for them; they are the poorest of the poor. Poverty in childhood is a root cause of poverty in adulthood. Insolvent children often grow up to be impoverished parents who in turn bring up their own children in poverty. In order to break the generational cycle, poverty reduction must begin with children.  By helping the absolute poorest of the poor, we can make the greatest impact on society. With childhood being the foundation of the world’s future; as orphan’s lives are changed, so will it be with the generations that follow them.  With no governmental infrastructure established to care for orphaned and abandoned children, the local church is attempting to help the children. However, with congregations comprised of people living on less than a dollar a day, they do not have resources to make a significant impact.

Introduction

In our project area number of Orphan, Semi Orphan and Street Children are found. The problem of orphan/street children is acute due to urbanization and industrialization. Due to the deaths of HIV/AIDS /post-election violence affected persons, Re-marriage of deserted/widowed/ divorced women, the absence of love and security in the families, Family disputes, unwanted pregnancy of Trafficking / Sexually exploited girls; these orphan and street children are left without care and support. These children are involved in pickpocketing and participating in anti-social, criminal activities. Therefore, we see mainstreaming these children in the national building by providing care, support, and protection in our center.

Background

St. Mark community center is a registered as Non-profit making organization with a mission to provide housing, meals, education, healthcare, and computer training and access for 150 children between the ages of 1-17 who are orphans because of violence or from AIDS. It was started in the year 2016 with the main aim of working with children and the marginalized communities in Kenya. The project is located at Nyakorere location in Kisii county in the Western part of  Kenya. The organization works closely with the underprivileged and the socially disadvantaged people in rural communities to IMPACT social and self-esteem to improve their social and economic status. In developing countries, many children and poor people lack basic needs and this problem has contributed to malpractice behavior in the society. As an organization believes that every child in this world, either from east or west has a right to good food, safe drinking water, shelter, clothing, health care, and an education. It is regrettable that the majority of children in developing countries lack most of the above-mentioned basic needs. Some go without a meal for days on end, while others live in a marginalized area where healthcare is unheard of, hence exposing them to a lot of health hazards. No person, let alone a child should be forced to live in these conditions. Therefore the Kenyan child is no exception from the above cases, especially with no access to clean drinking water and this has increased malnutrition and mortality in children.

Mission

St. Mark’s Community Center will provide housing, meals, education, healthcare, and computer training and access for 150 children between the ages of 1-17 who are orphans because of violence or from AIDS.  The construction of this holistic facility will impact the village of Nyakorere by providing a well and an electrical connection for the village of 3,000 persons.  The cyber-café will also serve the youth of the village enabling the digital divide in this poor region to be reduced.  Skills for a living will be integrated into every phase of the program so the participants who leave will be prepared to productively enter society.

Vision

By early 2018, Nyakorere will receive water and electricity as the infrastructure for St. Mark’s Community Center is built.  By 2023 a five-story building will have been completed in phases that will build a clinic to serve the orphans and HIV+ persons living in the area.  As floors are added and rooms built, the center will receive 150 orphans and integrate them in age-appropriate education and skills-building activities preparing these orphans for independence by the age of 18.  A professional team providing physical and psychological treatment will strengthen the characters of these young people enabling civic engagement at the local, state and national levels.  St. Mark’s Community Centre will be a therapeutic center for both orphans and the computer training.

Report

We are doing our house to house evangelism and teach the gospel of peace and this outreach ministry has taught us many lessons. People are living with conflicts and fear. This ministry has provided an opportunity to understand the social need, spiritual, and economic needs.

Challenges

  • Women have no time to listen to the gospel because they are always forced to walk a long distance to look for water.
  • Elderly  people have  plenty of time  to listen but feeling  hungry
  • Lack  of the local bible which  is costing $13
  • Lack  of camera to show what we are  doing

Numbers of congregations   under my care

  • Five  preaching  centers
  • These  are served  with  two pastors

Needs  to  pray  for  us

  • Pray  for  my  children’s  school fee
  • Pray for  church  and children's  construction
  • Pray  for a water tank   at  Cost   $ 2000, 2pcs
  • Pray for  local bibles
  • Pray for  means of traveling for our ministers  

Please Send All Donations to:

THE NAME OF ORGANISATION:                     EVIG COVENANT CHRISTIAN CHURCH IN KENYA.

NAME  OF  THE BANK:                                  BANK OF AFRICA

ACCOUNT NAME:                                          EVIG COVENANT  CHRISTIAN CHURCH IN KENYA

ACCOUNT NO:                                              02856000009

BANK CODE:                                                 019

BRANCH CODE:                                             017

SWIFT CODE:                                                AFRIKEN     

POSTAL CONTACT:                                         P.O. BOX 4056  KISII 40200 KENYA

CONTACT PERSON:                                        REV. THOMAS O.OMWAMBA