News Category: Past News Updates

Volume 2, 2019

FOCUS -- HEALTH  AND HYGIENE AWARENESS

In the wake of a Cholera Outbreak our Family Care Missions Team held several Health Talks in Marginalized Communities. During our regular visits we often encounter suffering because of ignorance and a lack of hygiene supplies and basic training. In an effort to educate and empower mothers from these poor neighborhoods -- many of whom battle with HIV/AIDS-related sicknesses -- we have been organizing Health Awareness Programs with 30 to 40 mothers per meeting. Each mother attending receives a 10-Kilo Food Package and a Health Kit, containing items such as soap,  water guard, deworming meds, multivitamins, sanitary napkins and a supply of condoms, as well as material with information on sickness prevention and protection from STDs.

Group Counseling Sessions help to answer questions and provide an outlet for the women by talking about the   various hardships they face due to poverty. Mothers openly share about their problems and it’s heartbreaking to learn of regular abuse, rape and mistreatment. The meetings end with prayer for various requests and encouragement.

Besides our regular School Lunch Program and food donations for a number of families in Turkana who suffer from the on-going drought, the Stev-In School received new plates for their 160 children, new benches and educational materials.

Through networking with various companies, this month we received a large donation of Textbooks from the Desai Memorial Foundation for the Olives Rehabilitation Center & School in the Bombolulu Slums in Mombasa. Your sponsorship, dear Friends, makes our work with poor and needy families possible and we keep you and your loved ones in our prayers. Greetings, Your Family Care Team

Volume 1, 2019

A big THANK YOU to our friends and sponsors. Your giving enabled us to distribute hundreds of Buckets and Packages filled with ‘goodies’ to make the   season special for Single-Parent-Households, orphans and the elderly.
By sharing joy a little bit of happiness always remains in the heart of the giver.’

In line with our ongoing Family Care Health & Hygiene Campaign (photos above-left), de-worming is regularly offered. 70 girls from the Olives Centre in Mombasa received a 6-months supply of Sanitary Towels, First Aid Kits are being   re-stocked for Informal Schools, soap is supplied and rainwater harvesting systems have been supported by donating several water tanks. One ton of food stuffs -- which is distributed throughout each month by our volunteers -- ensures hundreds of school children from poor families a daily warm meal. Your Sponsorship throughout 2019 will help us to keep reaching out to those in need and we thank you for your participation,

Your Family Care Team

Volume 1, 2018

Dear Friends  -- Your generous Support throughout the year is greatly appreciated and helps us to continue making a difference in our work with poor communities around Kenya.

Year-End Projects: Hundreds of Christmas Food Baskets & Packages were gifted to members of our Kibera HIV/Aids Support Group and Single Mothers who live in Marginalized Communities. Orphans received sweets and treats.  During our Community Outreach, colleague Sally gave talks on Sanitation and Hygiene.  --  In Mombasa we worked alongside the Olives Rehab Center: 500 Kilos food supplies were donated, First Aids Boxes re-stocked, basic medical supplies and de-worming tablets for the 250 students provided. A three-months supply of soap and hand sanitizers furthers the Hygiene Program, avoiding re-infection with worms. The kitchen received two 55 Liters cooking pots, plus 140 Liters of cooking oil. Educational supplies, soccer balls and books were happily received by the teachers and students.  The Project also received funding for urgent repair of some class rooms.

* All 250 children, staff/ teachers were treated to a special meal of Beef-Pilau (famous Kenyan Coastal Dish), bananas & juice.

Volume 3, 2017

Dear Friends,

Thanks to your faithful support, we from Family Care have been able to assist many needy families, orphans and the elderly.

WHAT HAPPENED SO FAR…

*Beginning of the year hundreds of Buckets of Love reached the homes of poverty stricken families.
*Health/Hygiene Kits and talks on the subject educated and assisted young mothers and teenagers who reside in marginalized communities.
*Hundreds of hungry children to receive a daily school lunch.
*Aids & Cancer sufferers benefit from our Food Aid Program.
*Several Self-Help Projects have been initiated through networking and creating of support groups.
*Various Repairs of the Stev-In Village School in Kangemi were donated
*Moral and Psychological Support has been offered by our volunteers to individuals who face hardship situations.
*Books, educational material and sports equipment was happily received by children from various institutions.
*Several Sponsorships for school fees were organized.

Your assistance is essential to continue our Aid Projects for the remainder of the year. The need is great, but together we can make a difference! Your Family Care Team

Volume 2, 2017

Volume 2, 2017

Dear Friends,

This month your donations reached into the homes and lives of families in need. Food Packages, Health Kits, Clothing, Fun Activities for the children, Prayer and Counselling brightened the days of the widowed, the elderly, the jobless and those who suffer due to poverty and HIV/Aids related illness.

To get near the various homes in the slum villages, Mkokotenis were used where cars can‘t reach.

Through Support Groups families assist each other in times of hardship -- thus the six orphans who Mama Wanyoni left behind have found a home

Volume 1, 2017

Dear Friends,

We thank God for a wonderful 'Year‐End Season‘ 2016! Through your financial support, generous contributions and participation, hundreds of Care Packages, Buckets of Love, Books and Toys were gifted to poverty‐stricken families, orphans and abandoned children. We are looking forward to partnering with you in the New Year to continue making lives better for those in need in our Community. May God generously bless you and your family in 2017.

RECENT ACHIEVEMENTS IN A NUTSHELL - YOUR SPONSORSHIP MAKES IT POSSIBLE

November:
The Olives Rehabilitation Center in Mombasa receives help: First Aid Supplies and Food Stuffs for the School Lunches of the 300 students were donated and Teacher‘s salaries sourced. Hundreds of Text Books for standard 1‐8 have been distributed.
December:
Organized floor repairs for seven Classrooms of the Stev‐In Educational Center. Twenty new school benches were built & all the teachers received Christmas Buckets of Love. Countless hours were spent teaching, training and counselling as well as visiting the sick with Care Packages.

Volume 3, 2016

There are countless orphans roaming the alleys of Kibera who survive `hand to mouth` through the help of well wishers, who are often poor themselves, like Mama Mary (top left). She is a single mom and cancer survivor who takes care of 10 orphaned children. Family Care provides monthly food aid, vitamins and hygiene supplies to such disadvantaged families. Additionally our volunteers provide `counseling` to those living in marginalized communities battling with HIV/Aids & Cancer. Your GIVING helps us to continue our work with these needy families and reaches into their homes making a difference. Thank You and God bless you!

Besides FCM`s the ongoing `One-Ton-Per-Month’ Feeding Program, each Christmas Season we also engage in a “Bucket of Love” Project, where we gift hundreds of families with a 15 Liter Bucket filled with items such as powdered milk, sugar, cooking fat, beans, maize, uji, rice, rice, atta, tea, cookies and soap. The recipients are single mothers, needy HIV/Aids patients and their children - those who live in poverty - are ill and bedridden, as well as the elderly. If you'd like to sponsor some 'Buckets of love' to make the Year-End-Season special for those who often lack even the basic necessities, please contact us at the address below.

Each Bucket costs Ksh 2,500.

A single mother of five says,
We are privileged to receive such deeds of kindness. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for this gift in form of a bucket filled with love. It came to us as an answer to prayer.

“He who is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, and He will reward him for what he has done.”
Proverbs 19:1

Volume 2, 2016

Dear Friends,

Many thanks for your faithful support towards our Family Care Missions Aid Projects. In April FCM organised a Health and Hygiene Program for mothers living with HIV/Aids. The program entailed a Group Counseling Session (answering a myriad of questions), a talk on simple Sickness Prevention and Sanitation and lots of relevant Information Material on the subject.

Each family then received a Health Kit containing vitamins, water guard, disinfectant, condoms, pain balm, de-wormers, etc., plus a 10 Kilo Food Package with cereal, powdered milk, rice, flour, beans and margarine. The women are very grateful and send a big THANK YOU to ALL who made this program possible.

FIRST AID SUPPLIES

As part of the Health Awareness Program, the Children´s Garden Home (Orphanage & Rescue Center in Dagoretti) and the Stev-In Junior School in Kangemi received De-Worming Medicine for a total of 400 children and staff.

Since each of the schools were in urgent need of First Aid Supplies for minor injuries, we presented them with a comprehensive First Aid Kit, which we will be re-stocking regularly.

Below: Health Campaign led by Iris (Counselor) and Sally (Community Health Worker). During Group Discussion with mothers from poor neighbourhoods who face great challenges lots of progress was made in sickness prevention.

LIVES TOUCHED

Peris Anyango (25 years and orphaned) has been battling with cancer over three years. Family Care Missions and well- wishers have been supporting her treatment as she has been in and out of hospital. During our last visit Peris said,

”All your help, prayers and support -- both financial and morally -- have made my life worth fighting for. Through your kindness, I feel that God cares for me.”

Peris bravely fought this prolonged battle with cancer, but beginning of the year, unfortunately, the cancer had been spreading to her stomach and lungs.

She passed away after Easter. Her smile and cheerfulness will always be remembered. -- RIP Peris

Volume 1, 2016

Dear Friends,

Many thanks for your continued support, which helped greatly in making the New Year Season special for those who are forgotten, poor and destitute. You helped to bring joy into the homes and hearts of the sick, the orphans and the elderly and we pray that you will be richly rewarded.

Besides one ton of Food Aid for various Institutions, our volunteers also distributed 100 blankets, 100`s of Christmas Bags , held group counseling sessions for HIV/Aids patietnts , organised Health Talks and sourced sponsorship for special projects like the `Life Skills` program for students of the Stev-In village school.

LOOKING AHEAD

Preparation for the launching of the 2016 Health and Hygiene Awareness Programs, starting early April, for mothers who live in margenalized communities (most HIV positive). During the Program (groups of 30 at a time), each Family will receive a Health/Hygiene Kit, information material on the topic, group counseling and a package with nutritional food items. Your partnering with Family Care Missions is greatly appreciated. God bless you.

Volume 4, 2015

Dear Friends,

Thank you for your faithful support throughout 2015 and for partnering with Family Care Missions. Your help has touched many lives and is greatly appreciated by those who benefit from your generosity. God bless you!

In November our Team worked in Mombasa with the Olives Rehabilitation Center where 300 underprivileged children receive education and a daily meal. Most of the pupils come from Single-Parent Households and due to poverty, sickness, alcohol or drug abuse they are often left without proper care, needed attention and schooling.

What we achieved during our visit

Supplying various Food Items for the Feeding Program. Sponsoring Electrical Fittings for seven classrooms (Please note that the School had no electricity for the last six years). Donated Watertanks for the Handwashing Campaign and Rainwater Harvesting. Health Kits got distributed to all the Teachers and Staff plus a three months supply of Sanitary Pads for all the Teenage Girls.

Before heading back to Nairobi we organized a Special Meal and Drinks for the students and teachers of the Olives School in Kisimani and held a number of Teacher's Seminars on the topic of Hygiene and Sickness Prevention. Also visited some of the poorest families in the surrounding Slum to donate Food Packages and Health Kits to the parents of the students at the Olives Rehabilitation Center.

More lives touched

Jacinta Nduta is a widow and mother of three small children whose husband died of TB last year. Penniless, she was evicted from her home and ended up living outside on a porch of a shack in Kibera with her children where she also became ill with TB.

Through donations of well-wishers Jacinta received the desperately needed treatment and was able to rent a small room.

Jacinta told us recently, "My weight went down to 40kg and I had no more strength to care for my children when you reached out to me and helped. The Monthly Food Aid brought me back on my feet, especially the Uji is a big help for me and my children. Thank you so much for caring."

Jacinta has now started a small egg and vegetable business and together with the continued help of the 15 Kilo Monthly "Care Package" she is now able to support her family living in Kibera.

More highlights from 2015

February:
Donated four Toilet Facilities to the Stev-In Village School plus mattresses and blankets for a small orphanage in the Gichagi Community.
March:
Provided Food Stuffs for the New Hope Or-phanage Feeding Program, as well as Care Packages for the Elderly at the Grandma Village in Uplands.
April:
Launching of Health and Hygiene Campaign for poor communities in an effort to prevent sickness.
May-July:
Held Educational Talks for groups of mothers and provided much needed Health Kits.
Aug-Sept:
Sourcing of Sponsorship for Mombasa Aid Project and the One-Ton-A-Month Feeding Program to selected institutions.
  • Held an Art Therapy Session for orphans at the Children's Garden Home in Dagoretti.
October:
Setting up of Home Science Project for the Stev-In Village School with two sewing machines and fabric for the lessons.
  • Renovation for classrooms is underway.

Your faithful support makes it possible to continue our service to the Community and our Team is looking forward to working together with you in 2016!