What is an education worth to an orphan in Africa?
PROJECT JUJA launched yesterday! In a word, Project Juja is a RELATIONSHIP – a new partnership between the community of believers at Northpoint church and the Fountain of Life church in Juja, Kenya. Pastor James Kinyanjui is an amazing example of compassion every day – he and his congregation in Kenya care for a group of 12 orphans in a small family-like group home on the church’s property. And through Project Juja, we are coming alongside Pastor James to support him in his daily mission of orphan rescue and long term care.
But just because his group home is maxed out, doesn’t mean Pastor James’ heart is. There are additional children that he watches over. I received a special request today through World Orphans, the organization that acts as a liaison between Northpoint and Fountain of Life. There are 3 girls outside of the group home who are due to begin high school but do not have the funds. Can I tell you a little bit about them?
Ann Songoyon Kermui
Ann is a Maasai girl born in 1993. Her mother died in 2003, when Ann was 10. Her father died in 2006. She lives in a group home. She passed her final primary exam last year and scored well. She was due to begin high school on Feb 4th. If she did not have the funds to pay for school on the first day, she would be unable to attend at all this year. Pastor James shifted some of the food and clothing budget from the younger children to meet the urgent deadline, but of course, that now leaves him short on money for the basic necessities of the younger children in the home. Ann’s dream is to become a journalist.
Grace Nasieku Kermui
Grace is a Maasai girl born in 1989. The family moved several times to try to find employment. Her mother died in 2003. Her father died in 2006, when Grace was 15 years old and had just completed the “Std 8” year in school and was waiting for her test results in order to join secondary school. She performs very well in school. She is at risk if she is not in school. On school holidays, she lives in a group home. Her vision is to become a lawyer and help children in desperate situations.
Naomi was born in 1993. Her father, grief stricken over being unable to provide financially for the family, committed suicide in 2001 by hanging himself in his house with a rope. She is a partial orphan; her mother is still living but unable to provide the basic necessities. Naomi came to live with Pastor James and his wife as their child until she completed primary school. Naomi passed her “class 8” exams in 2007. She was admitted to a good secondary school of her choosing. However, Pastor James was caring for her siblings and other orphans and did not have the funds to pay for that school after the first year. She was transferred to a day school in Juja. Her prayer is to become a teacher.
So, what’s an education worth?
In the United States, we pretty much take it for granted that we will be employed, have a roof over our head and food in our stomach, even if we don’t complete school. A higher education just means we get to experience more than the basic necessities – to get the non-essentials and the luxuries in life. (Even if you think you live frugally and barely make it paycheck to paycheck, you are rich beyond belief in comparison to world standards.)
But in Africa, an education is the only chance at survival. Without school, orphans are on the street – and face a life of abuse, prostitution, disease, hunger.
The current need?
$1,500 to send these 3 girls to secondary school and provide for them for an entire year. We already raised $750- half our goal- today – so, we just need an additional $750. Can you help? Whatever you can give is helpful. If 15 families would give $50 instead of a dinner out this week, we’d reach our goal! Think about it — dinner out just leaves you with weight gain and indigestion — but 50 bucks could buy a life – a future – saved… and add a new female journalist, a lawyer, and a teacher in Kenya.
To make a donation specifically to the educational fund for these 3 girls, you need to use the code KEN-541-Education. Donations can be accepted in 3 ways:
- online at www.worldorphans.org (they accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express). Click “give” on the main toolbar. Select “Miscellaneous Giving”. Enter the code above into the Memo field.
- send in a check made out to World Orphans with the code on the memo line
- call (1.888.ORPHANS) with a credit card donation
Bless you for helping our brother, Pastor James, in Africa!