What you will be doing
In 2020, our campaign will change to once again partner with Fountain of Life, run by Pastor Robert and his wife Esther. The project has two main ministries – street boys and women living in poverty, many of whom turn to brothel work to be able to feed their children.
The pastor has built a small home to take in about 10 boys, feeding, clothing and supporting them through drug rehabilitation. He and also offers training workshops to help give them a sense of purpose on a day-to-day basis and learn skills for future employment. He also goes out on to the streets regularly to check up on the many boys who live rough – but they all know where he lives and go to him when they are in need. He never turns people away.
Esther runs skills based workshops and a savings club for the women’s circle – sewing, jewellery making, basic business skills, etc – in order to give the women an alternative means of earning a living.
The couple bring together the two ministries every Sunday for church and also for their regular feeding programme, where the all the community from the surrounding slum is invited, and where they and the children also live.
Mission Direct’s plan is to build a multi-purpose space where they can run their workshops and continue the good work ministering to one of the most deprived areas in Narok. You’ll come and assist this build, helping young boys to have access to skills training helping to shape their future and break them out of their poverty trap.
In the afternoons, we will visit other community-led projects, such as:
- Nkapilili school – meet the inspiring Sister Clemencia and see the school we have helped to build – the first school in it’s area to integrate disabled children into mainstream education. You’ll meet and play with the children and can expect a song or two!
- Mission with a vision girls’ refuge and farm project – Come and meet some of the girls that have escaped FGM and forced marriage and meet Patrick and Josephine Ngigi who run the home. This is our main project later in the year.
- Fountain of Life women’s circle – also run by Pastor Robert and Esther from MwV (above)
- ACK maternity unit – come and see the unit we helped to build and meet this wonderful small community
Orientation and reunion days
Each mission team has an orientation day held in the UK prior to their trip. This gives you the opportunity to meet your fellow team members as well as some or all of the country staff team. The day aims to fully prepare you for your trip, equipping you with all of the information you need and giving you the chance to ask any questions. Lunch and refreshments are provided. The date of orientation for this team is: 18 January 2020.
Your trip contribution also includes a UK reunion day once you have returned home after your mission trip. This is an opportunity to reconvene with your team and look back on some of the highlights and memories of the two weeks. Feedback from previous volunteers has taught us that this reunion is also important to help teams reflect and digest what they’ve seen and experienced as well as understand how it has affected them. We’ll also aim to help you ensure that your two-week mission makes a lasting difference in your life. Lunch and refreshments are provided. The date of reunion for this team is: 16 May 2020.