2016 REPORT AND GALLERY

2016 Mission Summary

Compassion Stirred To Action by Ezra Kenyanya

From July 7th to July 14th 2016, a group of young Adventist professionals from the United States and Kenya provided humanitarian services to the Pokot community in Kolowa, Ngoron and Kapunyany in Tiaty constituency, Baringo County, Kenya, Africa. In partnership with local religious and community leaders, World Vision Kenya also offered aid with spiritual, educational and children programs.

Students of the Kapunyany Primary School, Ngoron and Kolowa High Schools all received motivational talks and career guidance services by participants. Service providers who helped with the mission included medical practitioners, career guidance counselors, religious leaders, journalists, and others from various regions including locals from Pokot and guests from USA, Europe and Kenya (Nairobi).

The highlight of the programs was the gender education program which climaxed by the giving of sanitary kits to girls courtesy of Days for Girls organization (DFG). Unlike standard sanitary towels that are expensive, hard to access for the girls and pose environmental hazards to the community when disposing them, The DFG kits would last the girls at least three years meaning readily accessible and durable. The girls were trained on how to use, wash and reuse them. Approximately 300 women from the region were beneficiaries. In addition, the team worked with local boys and girls and trained them on how to run the Vacation Bible School (VBS) program. This program is geared to educating children ages 4 to 12; using various methods such as songs, story telling, and arts-and-crafts. The trained youth from Kapunyany Primary in turn ran the program under the care, watch and guidance of the VUNA team.

In the evenings, the local religious leaders, through the support of VUNA, organized evening sessions on spiritual matters and guidance. These meetings were attended by over 100 people per night and run for over 2 hours. Using a projector, educational films were played that captivated the locals who sat for hours with a mixture of curiosity and joy. The leaders used these forum talks to educate the community about health and family, and other topics. 

Currently, VUNA is in the process of establishing a local girls boarding secondary school in conjunction with the community. In these communites, many girls drop out after primary school and are given into early marriages in exchange of dowry. Girls as young as 12 years old could be married as second or third wife to men over 50 years. Other practices, such as Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), further hinder their well beings. This school will serve as an educational center besides a place the girls can call home. In addition, VUNA will work with other schools to create programs that will benefit male students as well.

In June 2017, VUNA will be doing a follow up mission to the region with more health, spiritual and educational programs with a special focus on sustainability; and expand to the nearby unreached communities. We pray that you will consider joining the team and that God will provide resources to ensure that not a single person is turned away.

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