Kenya: Kanyakine, Narobi
We have our own mission in Kanyakine, Kenya, Meru diocese, located 14 km from the equator. It was established in 1990. Two sisters teach in the mission grade school.
Sr. Eva runs the clinic in the village, Kithatu; she hired the nurse and a lab worker. Everyday, they see anywhere from 20 to 50 patients. People from the neighborhood and students from vocational school nearby are treated in the clinic. After so many efforts, the clinic received electricity; thanks to that, children could be vaccinated since all vaccines could be kept in special refrigerator. When patients need doctor's help, Sr. Eva takes them to the hospital. Once a week, the doctor from the diocese comes to the clinic. Sr. Eva also takes care of handicapped children. She contacts schools that those children can attend to. That way, they can learn the skills needed for independent life. There are more than 20 children.
Letter to Friends of the Mission
Dear Friends of the Mission,
Greetings from sunny Kenya. Our mission place in Kanyakine takes care of territories that are mostly small farms; they grow mainly beans and corn. Some grow coffee which currently doesn't bring any income.
Many children in our mission don't finish school. Some were in school, some started, but after 2 or 3 years quit. There are different reasons for quitting, but the main reason is the lack of money for tuition, uniform, or treatment for malaria. To have the greater number of children finishing school, we started 3 year ago a program called "adopt the child." More than 200 children take advantage of such program. In our mission, there are still many children not attending school. Many come to us seeking help since they don't have parents or caregivers. They ask for sending them to school.
I remember a little boy, Boniface, who last summer was coming to us almost everyday and asking to send him to school. He was 10; I doubted that he will last in kindergarten since it was the level he needed to start with. Seeing his determination, we sent him to school; he is doing very well, and it's a joy to watch him to be so happy.
Working in Africa for past 30 years, I noticed that through education Africans can change their status and become more independent. Therefore, we appreciate all those who help them. For those who would want to join in the project of adoption, we can send a picture of "adopted child." Once a year, we send information abut child's progress in school. Each child in the program is obligated to pray for their sponsor and do the best in their studies. So far, the cost of educating one child is $100 a year. The money could be send to:
We work directly on mission territories, but without your generous help we are able to help those in need. Through your help, you're also a missionary.
God bless you
The formation house was built in 1989. Postulants, Juniorates, and candidates go through formation process in that house. This year, we have 3 postulants. Besides formation in our convent, they go to various presentations organized at women's religious congregations.
From Sr. Laura's letter:
In Kanyakine, people eat a hot meal once every other day. Sr. Imelda gives out corn and beans to the poorest; she bought them for money received from certain organization from Torun. Situation is bad; there is such great drought. How many will we be able to feed and prevent them from dying of hunger? The children are in the worse situation. In Nairobi, they turned off electricity and water. Lately, we have to buy water. Somehow, we manage without light. We have wooden coal for cooking; at night we light the candle.
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