Archive for December, 2008

16
Dec

DRESSMAKING / TAILORING 2008

   Posted by: william    in Education

Young woman with a sewing machine

Young woman with a sewing machine

This year Dagoretti Corner Technical Institute – Dressmaking / Tailoring program has rare trainees. These are child mothers with their children (under 1 year). These trainees will sit the National Trade Test exams from 15th Dec 2008. They have been studying through subsidized fees.

Their request is for sewing machines to start tailoring shops after graduating so that they can support themselves with the children. Their ages range from 15 to 18 years. Each will need averagely 10,000/= i.e AUD 200. Last year 5 qualified and graduated; this year we have 6 who will graduate, two of them are child mothers who need extra help compared to others.

To inquire about this opportunity to make a difference, please click on the Contact Us link above.

construction site

construction site

Most African pastors retire without pension and a house to live in. In majority of Baptist Churches in East Africa it is most common. For this reason Greater Harvest Trust in Melbourne and Maitland Baptist Church chose to help Rev. William and Grace who have worked in the slums of Dagoretti and Kibera to put up a decent house in the outskirts of Nairobi. A couple of friends from Sydney have also contributed personally. The house is expected to double up as a motel specifically for overseas youth who come as volunteers to work on Christian projects in Kenya. It is ideally situated near the main airport (Jomo Kenyatta International Airport). It has reached a critical phase (halfway) and needs a concrete slab, roof, windows, doors and utilities. It is our appeal to request for financial support on this lifetime project. The house in which we are right now is very small and doubles up as a guest wing for overseas visitors and on rentals per month. Having lived in it for 20 years, it is time for change. May God bless your giving as you assist to raise at least AUD 25,000 to finish the house in 2009.

To seek further details or to contact us for any reason, please click on the Contact Us link above.

16
Dec

KIBERA SLUM WOMEN – PROJECT

   Posted by: william    in Poverty

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fellowship meeting

There is genuine cry for help from widows from Kibera slums who have formed a Bible study group which we are trying to encourage and facilitate. Each one has a sad story of loss of their husbands. One has seven children to support despite her business having been burnt down in post election violence.

To All our development Partners in Christ

Dear All

RE APPLICATION FOR ASSISTANCE WITH KENYA CRISIS RELIEF PROJECTS

Praise the Lord our saviour Jesus Christ!

We the above named holistic ministry is a Christian community based organization dealing with education mainly to the local Kibera slums Church members ( Women,Youth & Children ) on income generating activities e.g curios & handicrafts,fish mongering, beef / poultry butcheries, hair saloon,  electrical goods shop, nursery school & day care for babies among others.

We engage our members in these different activities  on self help basis to help teach them “how to fish” to try and eradicate the main notion which we have noticed in the slums of “donor-dependence” or hand-outs.

We are based at Kibera Olympic & Ayany  on structures which we purchased with a loan of  US $ 3247 . These structures were looted & burnt down during the post election violence. We have so far managed to rebuild/ re -start the business on some & others half way. We invite you all to come and verify these on the ground at our sites in Kibera. We have about ten Church members on these projects.

We seek this crisis relief assistance to enable us operate fully like before the violence when, the members were able to to feed themselves .Not like now when hard working women & youth are almost being reduced to beggars!  Currently, the projects are run on very small time basis. The funds will be used to re-stock the butcheries with two freezers,beads for the beads works, kerosene pumps, buy stock and working capital for example. All these we had but, were all looted and whatever they could not carry they burnt down and yet we still feel the pinch of repaying loans on businesses which are practically “limping!”

These are the estimates for the movables stock which were looted,we attach all the proforma invoices from the sellers:

FREEZERS 2 PCS, ONE FOR BEEF, & ONE FOR POULTRY @ US $ 325 EACH = US $ 650

KEROSENE PUMP 2PCS @ US $ 1700 EACH total US$ 3400

KEROSENE FROM DEPOT @ 1$ PER LIT RE minimum of 1000Lt’s  total 1000 US $

WORKING CAPITAL   US $     750

TOTAL AMOUNT US: $5625

NB: Pse’ note, we have two locations in Kibera that’s why, we request in two’s.

We acknowledge the big amounts involved and as, a people who model on teaching one another  how to fish, the US $ 5625 can be given to us a loan with a grace period and then, we will be able to re- pay the loan back considering that, the business premises are ours.

We remain hoping you will kindly assist us with the funds to enable us re-start, expand and also to continue with our business which we do in order to get funds to run the ministry!

Thank you in advance and God bless you all.

Yours sincerely,

Lynette Omollo- Abongo Mrs

omollolynette@yahoo.com

Kibera coordinator

The sorrows of Lynette and family

Lynette has lived in KIBERA slums for over twenty years with her family of four children and a jobless husband. Recently Lynette accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour. Two children go to school while two stay at home. This past Friday (12.12.08) her landlord evicted her and demolished the house for new construction against a court injunction. This afternoon I visited the family and was shocked to learn that the family has spent the last three nights in the cold; at a car park in the open. The children sleep in the old and abandoned cars. Today 15/12/08 I visited them and had nowhere to sit and console them. The case is in court but justice is delayed. Her husband was wrongfully detained and injured in the fracas despite a court injunction to stop the eviction. Lynette needs Kshs 60,000/= to rent another house and purchase basic household items to replace the looted ones. She is one of the ladies in this financial request mail to revamp her butchery business. Lynette attends Gatwikira Baptist Church. The rest of the family does not attend this church. Without immediate assistance, Lynette and family will never celebrate Christmas at all.

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