Together we have accomplished much in the past 7 years:
- Nutritious food including livestock (goats, chickens, cows and sheep) and fertile farmland to raise crops and teach farming
- Clean water including 2 drilled wells and treatment chemicals, medicines, toothbrushes
- Clothing uniforms and supplies for Tailoring Class
- Dozens of soccer balls plus shade shelters
- Pre-school, K-8, Vocational Training or High School – currently 22 boarding students
- College – currently 2 students, tuition and books
- 2 dormitories, latrines, beds, bedding and mosquito nets
- New kitchen after the old one literally fell down
- Solar panels and connection to electrical line (2013) which allows new Welding Training and less use of polluting and noisy generator
- St. Matthew’s Hall – a large all-purpose hall which serves as a dining room, and a setting for programs, teaching singing, community events, youth camps and weddings. Furnished by Carpentry Class
The goals for 2014 include support for almost 70 orphans averaging $600 per child, or about $38,000.
Beyond providing food, clean water, clothing and appropriate shelter for many children, Daniel Ochieng, the shepherd we support, is working to improve their educational opportunities.
The children attend local public schools through grade eight. After eighth grade, they pursue one of two tracks:
1) Vocational—welding, carpentry, and tailoring
2) Educational—attending a boarding school for secondary education, with an eye to teacher training or other higher education goals.
Harrison OOko, our most recent college graduate, earned a degree in Food Science and Technology. We helped pay for Harrison’s college expenses and gave him a laptop computer to help him with his studies. Harrison is an orphan with no close family. He despaired of ever getting an education. Daniel and his wife Damaris stood with him at graduation as his parents. We are all very proud of him.
Although the capacity of the orphanage is about sixty children, the population is in constant change for a variety of reasons. AIDS is still rampant in Western Kenya, as well as malaria and other deadly diseases. There continues to be a great need. Please help if you are able. Even a little goes a long way.
The infrastructure goal is to build a home for Daniel Ochieng, his wife and 3 children. This home will also serve as a nursery for the neediest orphans who are too young to ilve in a dormitory or an infirmary. The home will cost $17,500 to complete.
To contribute to Kenya Kids @ Rongo . . .
Write a check payable to “St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church.” In the Memo section, write”KK@R” or “Kenya Kids @ Rongo.” If the check is for Daniel’s house, please put “Daniel’s House” in the Memo seciont. If the check is for both, please add a note listing the amount for each fund.
Put the check in the offering plate, Joanne Coleman’s mailbox in the staff area, or mail it to the church. The address is St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 330 N. Hubbards Lane, Louisville, KY 40207.