A note from Winnie:

“Here is a brief history of the Kenya project, specifically with regards to the Shivembe Primary School and Mama Ni Mama women’s group:

The church has been supporting the Shivembe Primary School and Mama Ni Mama women’s group since 2009. During that time we have been able to do the following:

  • We buy school uniforms for the students every year (students are required to have a school uniform in order to attend school). We started by providing uniforms to only 44 students. Last summer we provided uniforms to 225 students – all the kids that needed a uniform got one!
  • We provide school supplies yearly (pens, pencils, erasers, pencil sharpeners, and crayons).
  • We provide pain medication yearly.
  • We provide sanitary pads for the older girls (since 2015).
  • We have also been able to help the school build 10 latrines (outhouses/toilets), a kitchen, 2 additional classrooms, start a lunch program, and buy a farm to plant their own corn and beans for lunch. This year, we plan to help them build a library since the kids have become very motivated in reading but have no space for it.
  • We have also been supporting the Mama Ni Mama women’s group to take care of their 55 children. For the women’s group, we usually provide school supplies, medicine, sanitary pads, and cash money to help them with their small business. At the moment, each woman has a cow as a result of this support.”

During the month of April, we will be accepting donations to help ‘Winnie’s Kids’ in Kenya. Each donation received will be matched, up to a total of $1,000, from the Missions & Benevolence Sulanke Trust. Please mark all contributions ‘Winnie’s Kids,’ place it in either a red-bordered or pew envelope, and add it to the offering plate during Sunday morning worship (if writing a check, it would greatly help our bookkeeper if you write a separate check from your regular offering). We will present Winnie with our offering on ‘Kenya Day,’ Sunday,  May 6 (this is a change to the date printed in the previous newsletter). There are great needs in Kenya, so please prayerfully consider how you can help ‘Winnie’s Kids.’