Turkana, Kenya Child Community
My Child’s Community
Turkana is the northwest region of Kenya – a 1,700-million-acre desert. Roughly 500,000 strong, the Turkana are one of the last truly nomadic peoples of Africa. Their land is harsh. Gazing over these desert plains, it is difficult to imagine how anyone could survive. The Turkana still live much as their ancestors did, dependent on their animals and one another. Until the 1980s, the Turkana were very resistant to outsiders, and so had not heard the name of Christ. Within the last two decades, a change can be seen among the Turkana … the Gospel is taking hold.
However, severe drought over the last decade has left these people in great need of water and food. Their herds of animals are smaller, their resources very limited. Poverty instead of independence is now a way of life. Each family has difficulty in feeding their children. Sending them to school is nearly impossible. The child sponsorship program through Missions of Hope International and CMF provides opportunities for Turkana children to receive an education and food while in school. Their families get to know more of the love and goodness of God in practical ways.
The school that your sponsored child attends is located in Turkana, Kenya, in the Kangagetei community. The children attend the Kangagetei Primary School, which is currently grades 1 through 4.
Local churches are reaching out to their communities through Community Health Evangelism (CHE), which:
- ministers to children through education and feeding programs.
- forms groups that care for those living with HIV/AIDS.
- trains adults to start small businesses.
- addresses water and sanitation issues.
- changes lives through a relationship with Jesus Christ.
All of this transforms the community, bringing HOPE.