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9.25.2013

getting behind something good: Mercy House Kenya

You know what I love? 

Seeing people get behind something good.

After two weeks we've raised $7,500 towards buying Mercy House Kenya a much needed second vehicle. 


We still need to raise $1,200.


You guys! That's only one hundred people giving $12. 

Or twelve people giving $100. 

In this day and age of social media, we can do this!

And, why are we doing this? 
Because they need help and we can help them by giving towards their needs.

Because they need a van. Among some other things.

Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to do it. Do not say to your neighbor, “Go, and come again, tomorrow I will give it”—when you have it with you. Proverbs 3:27-28


I asked Kristen Welch, founder of Mercy House, to tell me why having a second van is such a necessity for the ministry there. Where do they go that they need another vehicle? What does having transportation mean for them? Here's her reply:


On a weekly basis, the girls attend church and a leadership class at the local church. They have doctor visits initially for themselves and then their babies. There are also market trips to buy necessities for the home (a few girls only go at a time due to space) and an occasional girl's night out. 

Transportation in the Nairobi, Kenya is crazy! It's filled with hours of traffic and often is at a standstill. Most people are dependent on matatus or taxis that seat eight people, but are actually stuffed with about twenty people in an un-air-conditioned, over crowded van. These are often dangerous as the drivers in the city can bully their way through traffic. 


Also, a really important reason we need a second vehicle is our Executive Director lives off campus due to space and for privacy. She often uses the van to perform her duties and it leaves our home without transportation. This can be risky with pregnant girls who might deliver, so it's a big balancing act with transportation. 


Once our girls have completed two years in the home, if they aren't ready to graduate, they will be attending a local school (our on-campus one is not accredited and serves to keep them from falling behind, offering one-on-one tutoring) and it will add another need for transportation to and from school.

One of the things about the ministry of Mercy House Kenya that I love is that not only are they providing pregnant girls who have been abused and neglected a place where they can receive care and love during and after their pregnancy, but they are making sure they get an education.

From the Mercy House website:

Our residents are school-aged girls and since many Kenyan schools don't allow pregnant girls to continue their education, they need tutoring because they have fallen behind. The maternity provides a safe, positive environment for the students to continue their studies in core subjects. 

During the first year in the home, the girls are home schooled. There is a certified teacher on staff who will help the girls a few hours a day with their studies. Once our girls enter their second year in our home and have reached certain milestones, they will attend a local girls private school. 

Education is absolutely crucial in Kenya and we want to do everything in our power to help them pass their Form One test (primary through 8th grade) and then go on to high school.

Not only are they making sure that they go on to high school and graduate, but they teach the girls life skills such as preparing and cooking nutritious meals, gardening, shopping in the local market, bargaining for the best price, cleaning, laundry, budgeting finances and childcare. Two hours are set aside each day to learn a job skill that will help the girls earn an income. 

It's not just hope for the present, but it's hope for the future, too. That's good stuff!



"Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God." Hebrews 13:16 

We might not be able to travel to Kenya, but we can do good and share what we have with those in need. 

Will you join me in making a donation

Will you share this opportunity to help Mercy House with others so that we can meet our goal? 

Together we can do this!



1 comment:

Mindy Whipple said...

So happy they have met this first goal!~

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