Two Burning Candles also coordinates visiting teams to travel to Laikipia County, Kenya to work alongside the community. They hold vacation bible schools, medical camps, and construction projects. We work in conjunction with ministers and other local officials in villages or camps near our school.
Our last team worked in a camp for Internally Displaced Peoples very near where our land is. This is a huge camp divided into four sections. People live here who were evicted from their homes in 2007 and 2008 during post election violence. The violence took the lives of many of their family members. They lost valuable goods and homes. They had no place to call home. After 6 years, the government bought land for the community. Considering that these people had nothing and had to start from zero, the government built them a shelter with roofs and no walls. Many of these people became ill during this time of strife and relocation. Some managed to do the walls but others were not able because of financial strains. To get a job, even casual labor, is hard because there are no companies or large scale farming that can employ many workers. Due to this, many families still suffer, even after the government has resettled them. Considering the large population affected, the same way they suffer, still their children suffer. The kindergarten is a small house belonging to one of the members of the camp. We were asked to assist in constructing a kindergarten to help these kids. We were told that it would be of great benefit, considering the house being used is made of tattered polythene papers and some tattered tents. The children go to this kindergarten (a kind of early education that the children can attend if their parents have work). In the rainy season, the wind and the rain blow in and since the floor is dirt, it becomes mud. The children become wet, cold and sickness follows. We were told that even a tin building could be seen as something small, but it will help them greatly and the coordinator would discuss with the school board on what part they could do.
We felt terrible. We wanted to help but the money we had as Two Burning Candles was earmarked for the school for unwed mothers and rescue girls. We didn’t feel that we could spend money donated for that purpose in a different way but we looked for donors for that project. Then this team from Emmanuel Church of the Nazarene from Wareham, MA came to serve in March of 2019. They held a vacation bible school for over 350 children, a medical camp where approximately 300 people were treated and given free prescriptions, a construction team that reconstructed some of the homes that were about to fall down or had never been closed in….and a VERY GREAT GIFT from GOD!!!! This team raised a little over $5,000. After the supplies for the projects above were bought there was a little over $3,000 left. Working with the team and the minister that was coordinating the project, we searched for ways to use this money that would make a lasting impact on the lives of these people who struggle every day. We worked through many projects. The amount of the money available was never revealed. We just looked for ways to help in a lasting manner. We discarded many ideas because they would just wear out and only give short-term relief.
After five months of thought and discussion, it was decided to start a chicken farming project. Ten families in each camp would be given nine hens and a rooster. They would raise these hens to lay eggs that can be sold but they would also have chicks at least once. Out of these chicks, the first ten would go to another family and then the gift would live on and other families could have eggs to eat and sell and give more chicks. As we worked through the cost, we kept saying, “OK, what would the next step be because we still have funds.” We could have developed the chicken project much further but the coordinator finally said, “Build the kindergarten.” Our response was, “We don’t have that much money.” The coordinator then said, “If you will spend $1,000 to build a tin building and roof, the land management board/school board will cement the floor.” Decision made!
We just began the chicken project on September 16. When this project has been completed, the school project will begin. Afterward, any left over money will be given to buy mattresses for the elderly and ill in the camp who sleep on the ground. Thanks, team Boston!!! You have done great work!
Another, gift came with that team. A young man who traveled there was a Water/Waste Management Engineer. He used his knowledge to help us design a water catchment system from the roofs of the school to be used by the hydroponics team that will travel to Kenya in January 2020 to begin their project. GOD IS GOOD!!! And thank you, Adam!