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# Matt and Ruth from Lisburn enjoy Kindfund Kenya

A few wet eyes were to be seen as they set off to return to N Ireland

We love babies

We have just said goodbye to Matt and Ruth after three very worthwhile weeks at Kindfund Kenya where they made a brilliant contribution to the work – sharing, teaching, playing, contributing and enjoying the children.

A few wet eyes were to be seen as they set off to return to N Ireland. Ruth met some of the children she had hosted in her home as well as others she remembered from the 2014 outreach by 24 Kindfund children to N Ireland.

Matt – just graduating from Stranmillis College in Belfast as Primary School teacher this month – put together two seminars for budding teachers in conjunction with Dan our young headmaster

An early introduction to the babies at Ngaremara and football and other activities with the older children there was followed by more fun and games at Wamba as well as some serious inputs.

Their visit was rounded off by a quick visit North to Ndikir where work was progressing with the children’s home and a quick visit to the Safari Park behind Ngaremara where a variety of wild life was enjoyed.

Many thanks to them both for their enthusiastic and valuable contributions – the kids will remember Mr Noah

added on Jul 5

# Prayer Letter - June 2016

Our June Prayer Letter is packed with updates on Baby Rescue, Kindfund Private School, our upcoming Summer Bible Camp and so much more!

Catch up on what has been a busy six months at Kindfund…with lots more on the horizon too!

Plus, this breaking news for our USA supporters: you can now benefit from a tax deductible receipt when using the ‘USA Donors’ option on our How to Help page.

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added on May 25

# Education – Radical action

This was our Glory our first baby at Wamba. How could she possibly do well in this situation?

Look at the photograph of Glory and Moses sitting on the bonnet of our pick-up. Can you imagine Glory just gone into P2 (class 2) at primary being surrounded by 109 other children, cramped on too few desks and with one teacher – sometimes absent?

The reality of Kenyan public primary education hit us like a bolt in February this year. This was our Glory our first baby at Wamba. How could she possibly do well in this situation? All our input in her life to date was in danger of being negated. As we reflected on this, and the situation of our other 57 children in the primary system, we began to appreciate why a number of our middle ability children were beginning to show signs of poor behaviour. We had to do something radical.

It is not that we had been doing nothing. We had tutors helping with studies at night, although with a 5.30 am start the brains were exhausted in the evenings. We had supported two of the local primary schools with a classroom assistant but this was a drop in the bucket.

In October last we had sent 4 of our P7 girls to a private school at Wamba having sent 2 up from Ngaremara. The teachers strike had been on for 4 weeks and these girls would be sitting their end of primary exam in October 2016. We could not leave them to the mercy of the system. By February this year the change in those 4 girls could be seen clearly and within a month their term exam results had shown a 25% improvement. However, it was their disposition, self-esteem, deportment and ability to hold a conversation in English which impressed and contrasted with some of our other kids who at the extreme were starting to play truant.

We had the accommodation in classrooms at *Wamba and Ngaremara. Only running costs to consider (teachers, books, furniture, computers etc). Our Board when they considered the problem on 9th April wholeheartedly agreed that a Private School was the answer so at the beginning of second term in May we have a two campus private school in operation. Classes 1 to 4 at Wamba and 5 to 7 at Ngaremara (we have not disrupted the 4 girls in Std 8 keeping them at an independent private school in Wamba). The children have gone boarding as the younger ones at Ngaremara moved to Wamba and the older at Wamba moved to Ngaremara for term time.

We were fortunate to be able to recruit a young qualified teacher to manage the school and 4 Secondary School leavers who have the qualifications to go on to teacher training giving us a pupil teacher ratio of 14:1. Each teacher will be responsible for two very small classes which will share a large classroom.

We need your prayers and we need your help to make a success of this. If you are prompted in any way to help please get in touch. We have a newly qualified teacher from N Ireland going out in June for 3 weeks and several of the teachers who have previously visited us in Kenya and who met the children in 2014 have expressed an interest in helping. Whether a teacher or not hold this in your prayer and consider if you would like to help financially.
*Our Wamba, Samburu and Ngaremara, Isiolo homes are 85 kms apart (two and a half hours)

added on May 11

# The Root of the Problem

I once again was struck by the sad reality that there were no men, young or old, in attendance

Recently, while attending Sunday worship in a Samburu village, I once again was struck by the sad reality that there were no men, young or old, in attendance! Where are the men and why don’t they come to church with the women and children?

One reason is because they are out tending to their animals; cattle, sheep, goats, and camels. During the dry seasons and in times of drought they will travel many kilometers away from their families in search of water and pasture. Another reason why they don’t attend church has to do with them wanting to preserve their traditions. Many Samburu men, both young and old, see Christianity as the “white man’s religion” and a threat to their traditions and their way of life. In other words, in their minds, to be a Christian is to stop being Samburu.

Daily living for Samburu women in desert-like conditions is tough. They live in small huts framed by twigs and plastered with a mixture of cow dung and mud. Samburu women shoulder the responsibility for most of the domestic chores including tending to the children, fetching water, washing clothes, cooking, cleaning, collecting firewood, and building their homes. All this they do and more while under the constant threat of recurrent drought and increasing insecurity due to cattle rustling. Samburu women are also the victims of various forms of harmful traditional practices including forced early childhood marriage, FGM (circumcision), and “Beading” in which a very young girl is given beads by a moran (warrior) as a symbol of their “engagement” for sexual purposes only. The tradition of beading frequently leads to cruel forceful abortions or to newborn babies being abandoned.

As an outsider observing their world, I see how tough life is for the Samburu; especially for the women. I think about the physical and emotional pain they must suffer due to harmful traditional practices and I wonder if it is for these reasons that they are more drawn to Jesus Christ and the Gospel than are the men. So often when life is hard and appears to be hopeless God lovingly draws us to Himself giving us hope and peace. Jesus says, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28. I praise God for my Samburu sisters. Please pray with me for the men, the warriors and the elders, that they too will become followers of Jesus Christ, the God of hope and peace. Then, perhaps, there would no longer be a need to rescue babies!
Robert

added on Apr 28

# M&S Staff Sprucefield present cheque to Kindfund

Inspiration for the fundraising and the desire to ‘do something’ was triggered by

Ken and Pamela accepted on behalf of Kindfund a very generous cheque from Marks and Spencer Staff at Sprucefield on Tuesday 26th April 2016 presented by Patrice and Stephen, managers at M&S.

The funds had been raised through a whole range of activities over the last 18 months. Inspiration for the fundraising and the desire to ‘do something’ was triggered by the visit of the Kindfund Children from Kenya in September/October 2014. Stephen Hilliard a manager at M&S Sprucefield along with his wife Paula hosted two of the children as part of the Kindfund Lisburn team who invested three memorable days with the 26 visiting children and staff.

As a result of Stephen’s drive and enthusiasm the staff at Sprucefield took Kindfund as their charity for the year 2015. During the course of the 18 months they were assisted at the various fund raising events by the Kindfund Lisburn team under John Steen a member of the Kindfund Board

The funds will take the Kindfund work in Northern Kenya forward on four fronts – the further development of Kindfund Children’s Home at Ndikir in Marsabit County, to 50 beds; the expansion of the Kindfund School at Ndikir as a public school catering for all the children of the village; the provision of a solar pump and water storage tanks to an existing borehole at Ndikir to provide secure water to the projects, and the improvement of the educational facilities for the children of Kindfund.

The new facilities will bring to 170 the number of beds for orphan children in Kindfund’s three homes which currently provide for 125 children.

added on Apr 27

# Baby Jonathan Alan born 1st January 2016

both of them journeyed to Oldonyiro to collect the baby

Jonathan Alan

The first rescue of 2016 happened immediately in the new year when Catherine was informed of another baby at risk outside Oldonyiro. On 18th Robert drove to Nanyuki to meet Jonathan, who had taken the matatu from Isiolo, and both of them journeyed to Oldonyiro to collect the baby and meet the police and the Chief of the area.

There was heavy rain during the night so the journey on Tuesday from Oldonyiro to Ngaremara via Kipsing and Isiolo, 120 kms was at times quite treacherous. We thank God they arrived safely at 4pm along with Catherine and her daughter Doris. Baby J A had weighed in at the clinic at 2.1kgs, had coped with the journey well and was soon in the arms of Esther enjoying a bottle of formula milk.

Here a few days later he is well settled and in the nursery with Joy and Diana now 3 months. All three are doing well and the three nannies now have a baby each to manage along with other duties. The babies have their own mosquito proof tent and are are being very well cared for.

If you feel you would like to help with this work rescuing babies from death please visit our How to Help page.

added on Jan 24

# Time for College January 2016

The college delivers 12 different practical courses and it was good to see the facilities

Ken and Dominic set off early with 7 teens from Kindfund homes Ngaremara and Wamba on Tue 19th January to visit a Polytechnic 57 kms away in Meru District.

Along with Jonathan we had had a good meeting with these teens on Sunday evening explaining the options open to them and our desire that they individually discovered God’s plans for their lives.

The college delivers 12 different practical courses and it was good to see the facilities, meet the lecturers and understand what exactly was being offered including certificates at the end of the 2 year courses. The teens also had an opportunity to meet yr 2 students especially Bernadetta who had worked for a year with Kindfund before commencing her course there last year. She fielded many questions and all enjoyed meeting.

The College seemed a caring environment and had most of the basic equipment for the various courses. This may be an area we can help them with as our relationship develops.

The seven now have to make up their minds in relation to the choices which are before them. Please pray for wisdom and guidance for them as they decide their future direction

added on Jan 19

# Prayer Letter - Dec 2015

As a very busy 2015 draws to a close it’s time to publish our December Prayer Letter.

We hope you enjoy this round-up of our most recent news!

If you have any questions after reading, please write to us and we will do our best to answer. Do help us by posting this article on social media – or email it to a friend – using the links below. Thank you!

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added on Dec 8

# Prayer Letter - Oct 2015

Latest edition of our Prayer Letter

Catch up on all our news with the October edition of the Prayer Letter.

If you have any questions after reading, please write to us and we will do our best to answer. Do help us by posting this article on social media – or email it to a friend – using the links below. Thank you!

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added on Oct 2

# Katie reports on her time at Kindfund

The youth of Kindfund have had a lasting impact on my life as God has revealed his plans for my future

On 5th July I began a six week visit to Kindfund. I had visited previously in 2014 and spent time with the children during the outreach tour the same year. After keeping in touch with the children I was extremely excited to see them again.

The children, trainees and staff at Kindfund were again a blessing to me over my visit. They have a beautiful way of gently guiding you to ‘un-become’ everything that isn’t really you so that you can be the person God intended you to be.
My time at Kindfund was divided between Ngaremara and Wamba. At Wamba I was privileged to be able to teach English at the Primary school. It was inspiring to experience the children’s drive to achieve. They appreciated being there. The Kindfund children were all very sweet and caring looking after me as their classmates gathered around excitedly trying to see the visiting Madam.
At the home in Wamba I enjoyed painting a mural in the girl’s dormitory and organising sports activities.
I had prepared a sports day involving team relays as the children were to be split into teams/crews for the “Everest” bible camp coming in August. It was a blessing to see how God used this as an opportunity to teach the children the ingredients required to be effective leaders under Him and to work together as one family of God. With the help of staff member, Martin and visitors Noah and Georgia the children all had great fun. Helen, who is in her final year of secondary school was an inspiration to me during my visit. Together we prepared a choir to sing the praise songs for bible camp. During our practices she led the younger children with patience, gentleness and love. When the bible camp arrived we all learnt of God’s power, love, and provision whilst the Lord provided opportunities for outreach in the community.
The youth of Kindfund have had a lasting impact on my life as God has revealed his plans for my future. I had the opportunity to go into the local village at Ngaremara several times with the trainee girls. It was an eye-opener to see how the locals live their day to day lives. I was blessed as I met their friends, a family member and many Turkana women. I felt I was finally ‘home’ as we walked together, laughing, joking and visiting girls I met on my last visit, who were now grown up and living outside the home. When I saw were these young women had came from compared to where they are now I was extremely proud of them, thankful to the Lord and thankful for the blessing Kindfund is to entire communities. I’ll never forget the sisterly bond shared between us all. The staff of Kindfund, kindly took me into Isiolo town on several occasions. Esther (staff) and I met with a group of street-boys aged around 10 to 16 each time and bought them fruit. They had nothing but the clothes on their back and the bottles of glue in their arms. The way they cope in difficult circumstances is deeply moving.
These few words cannot describe all the emotional experiences and Godly appointments I have had this summer. I will miss the Kindfund family and I look forward to returning to Kenya.

added on Sep 29

# Georgia and Noah look back

The children of Kindfund have a way of showing you perspective,
about how the seemingly important things at home never really matter.

Our time in Kenya has opened our hearts to the world around us, through the love and compassion that the people of Kenya can give, when they have so little themselves.

It has been inspiring to spend time with the Kindfund family for the past three weeks this year. The radiation of happiness has been influential on our day to day lives in England. The children of Kindfund have a way of showing you perspective, about how the seemingly important things at home never really matter.

Throughout our time in Kenya, we decided to trigger the children’s imaginations by playing games with them such as: rounders, football and even a sports day with the help of our friend Katie Glenn, where the children were able to do races from an egg and spoon race to the sack race. One of our projects whilst we were staying in the Wamba home, was to create a mural in the girls dormitory. We thought it would be nice to have the children participate in the mural, so we decided to do a Kindfund family tree again, using their hand prints to form the leaves of the African Acacia tree.

It has been an emotional journey, where we have seen the work of the Lord bless so many vulnerable children. We will be eternally grateful to Ken and Pamela for inviting us into their lives and for the work that they are doing in Kenya.

God Bless,

Georgia Miller & Noah Kirby

added on Aug 19

# Bible Camp reaches the summit

Barriers were broken down, relationships established and the Gospel presented as children and young people were encouraged to follow Jesus.

Five days of Everest Bible Camp came to an end on Thursday evening. One hundred and twenty children and teenagers had enjoyed the experience and were greatly challenged as they moved from Base Camp to the Summit over the five days.

Barriers were broken down, relationships established and the Gospel presented as children and young people were encouraged to follow Jesus.

The team arrived at their journeys end on Friday tired but fulfilled and satisfied that the Summit had been reached and six months work and preparation had paid off.

The team arrived home in Northern Ireland safe late on Saturday and all the children were safely delivered home on Friday to Wamba and Saturday to Ndikir. The host home at Ngaremara drew its breath and returned to normal duties.

A very big thank you to everyone who worked to make it happen and carried it through to a successful conclusion

added on Aug 16

# Bible Camp Roundup

It was a 340 kms return journey

Friday was a long day as we drove to Ndikir to pick up 39 Rendille children and teens and two teachers frpm our primary school to bring to Ngaremara for our Bible camp starting tomorrow Sunday and running through to Thursday.

It was a 340 kms return journey taking most of the day. We had set out before 7am in three cars to collect the last of our children and teenagers. We now have 120 on site and preparations are complete for the 5 day camp. There has been an air of excitement all day and tonight the praise is sounding forth as the children enjoy the fellowship

Join with us to pray for God’s loving and saving presence

added on Aug 8

# Team Bible Camp 2015 arrive from N Ireland

We are sure much prayer and preparation will bear fruit during the bible camp and after.

Team building and preparations dating back to January began to pay off as everyone arrived on Fri at Ngaremara and travelled to Wamba today for a few days before returning to Ngaremara for the bible camp.

A truly mixed group from across Northern Ireland they have blended together to bring an exciting and challenging programme to the Kindfund children. We are sure much prayer and preparation will bring its own fruit in season.
The journey to Wamba 85 kms was a memorable one in the 1979 landrover and with 55kms off tarmac road in dust and heat. They arrived well and were soon refreshed by the greetings from the children.

added on Aug 2

# Enjoying the Kindfund children

Noah, Georgia and Katie have been working hard during their July visit. At the same time they have been enjoying the children.

Noah and Georgia travelled back to UK on 29th. Katie stays for the bible camp second week in August

added on Aug 2

# Memorial Service

a celebration of the lives of Sophia (19 yrs) and Supe (9 yrs)

memorial service

On Sunday 12th July two car loads of 23 adults and children set off from Ngaremara at 8.30am to join the children, staff and friends of Kindfund at a memorial service at our Wamba home.

The service was a celebration of the lives of Sophia (19 yrs) and Supe (9 yrs) two of our children taken home to the Lord in the last year.

The children and staff participated and recalled happy memories of the two girls. We were reminded by John brother of Sophia that we all traveled on the same road as he emphasised the importance of our relationship with Jesus.

All present enjoyed the fellowship together

added on Jul 13

# Kindfund sponsored girl featured on National TV

also selected for a visit to Japan

Grace a Kindfund sponsored Rendille girl whose sister is in our home at Ngaremara, has been featured on National Television after she was appointed Cabinet Secretary for Special Needs Children’s Welfare in the Student’s Parliament

Grace has been performing with excellence at Isiolo School for the Deaf. She was sponsored there two years ago by Kindfund after her older sister entered our home at Ngaremara. The family live at Korr, the center of the Rendille in the very far North of Kenya

As a further bonus she has also been one of ten students from Kenya selected for a visit to Japan to study their children’s parliament. Each child will be accompanied by a teacher.

added on Jul 1

# Team Kenya 2015 Training weekend

an opportunity to take time out

Team Kenya 2015

Eight of the nine members of the Summer team visiting Kindfund Kenya in 6 weeks time attended a two day retreat in Co Fermanagh.

The purpose of the weekend was to prepare for the Ministry to the Kindfund children in six weeks time and to orientate the team to life in Northern Kenya.

It was an opportunity to take time out with God, work together on the programme for the bible week and build upon the bonds growing among a diverse group drawn from around Northern Ireland

added on Jun 13

# Retirement of Chairman Phil Crook

It was the occasion of the 12th Annual General Meeting and change was in the air.

Ken presents to Phil on retirement as chairman

Wednesday evening third of June at Cohannon Inn was a special evening for Kindfund and for Phil and Liz Crook as they retired from the Board of Kindfund after over 11 yrs faithful service. It was the occasion of the 12th Annual General Meeting and change was in the air.

In presenting Phil with a personally inscribed Study Bible in recognition of eleven and a half years service as Chairman Ken recalled the small beginnings when six of them, three couples from Ardess Parish church met in Ken and Pamela’s sitting room at the first Committee meeting just two weeks before Ken and Pamela set out for Northern Kenya to begin the work of Kindfund. Ken paid tribute to Phil, his solid reliability, his frank and fearless advice, his faithful support in prayer and in practical hands on administration covering for Ken during the long periods when he and Pamela were in Kenya. He had presided over 12 years of God’s blessing and growth.

Pamela in presenting a bouquet of flowers to Liz who was also retiring from the Committee where she had served for the same period with her husband, recalled some humorous incidents which occurred during two visits Liz paid to the projects in 2006 and in 2009. One such incident involved Liz and Ken demonstrating Irish dancing in a hall in Archers Post to a group of Samburu women who had just been taking part in a traditional dance.

New members were elected and details may be read in the About section.

added on Jun 5

# West Church Bangor Coffee Morning

A little bit of Kindfund Kenya at West Church

Tray bakes in plenty at West Church coffee morning

A morning of fellowship was greatly enjoyed by all those who attended the coffee morning and car wash at West Church Bangor.

Thank you to all who provided tray bakes and other goodies for the sweet toothed and for those who kindly gave of their time and energy to serve.
We enjoyed and were blessed and the Kindfund children from the pastoralist community in Northern Kenya will benefit from your generosity.

added on May 29

# Prayer Letter - May 2015

Find out more about Kindfund’s work

We hope you liked our new format prayer letter, launched last February.

Find out more about Kindfund’s work inside this month’s edition.

If you have any questions after reading, please write to us and we will do our best to answer. Do help us by posting this article on social media – or email it to a friend – using the links below. Thank you!

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added on May 15

# Magheramason Praise Service thank you

Sally had been greatly touched by the Kindfund Children’s Outreach

Kindfund in Kenya Volunteers - David and Sally

Derry and Donegall Presbytery Choir led us in a beautiful evening of praise with a mixture of traditional and modern gospel songs and medleys.

David and Sally shared a little of what the Lord was doing in their lives and why they were going to Kenya. Sally had been greatly touched by the Kindfund Children’s Outreach and both had agreed that there would be no better way for them to say thank you for God’s grace and mercy to them as they celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary.

The service was well supported and everyone enjoyed fellowship together over a generous supper prepared by the ladies of the congregation

added on May 12

# Twelve Little angels sitting on the wall

Waiting on something tasty

Twelve of our sixty little angels at Ngaremara sitting on our kitchen wall waiting on something nice.

The home at Ngaremara has expanded and we now have quite a number of younger children. This is a group of them over visiting Pamela in the expectation of something tasty.

added on May 1

# St Patrick's Advent Appeal

Templepatrick supporters raise funds with their Advent Appeal

St Patrick’s Church of Ireland Sunday School, Templepatrick have been supporting Kindfund for the last number of years and enjoyed a wonderful night with the Kindfund children when they were here last October during their Outreach.

Each year the Sunday School children raise money for Kindfund in their Advent Appeal, so they recently presented a cheque to local Kindfund representatives Daphne Lucas and Catherine McCutcheon.

added on Apr 15

# Borehole update - Lister Petter Generator back in action after refurbishment

Later in the week on Sat we travelled to Ndikir and installed the generator

Kindfund goats drink from water trough in Northern Kenya

Last week we collected the generator from the engineers in Meru. We paid Ksh 77,000 (£560) and ran into vehicle repairs of 25,000 carrying out our good deed.
Later in the week on Sat we travelled to Ndikir and installed the generator. We had a little difficulty getting it started as air had penetrated the fuel system but soon water was flowing. Now the village has a super abundance. God has blessed them with rain giving water in their catchment areas, the solar borehole pump has been replaced and the generator is back in action. However we have a job to do in training them to manage the generator.

It was good to join Raphael and the young congregation under the tree to celebrate Easter morning. We had come up in two vehicles so were able to bring some of our Ngaremara young people to share with our Rendille children.

added on Apr 15

# Children say thanks to sponsors

Your support, generosity and prayers have been greatly appreciated

thanks from kindfund to all our sponsors

Kindfund children took time out on Sunday to say thank you to all their sponsors and especially to those who have been working hard to raise funds recently.

Martin who is this week in Northern Ireland with another of our managers Nzau at the Bible Education Service International Conference designed a thank you card for the children to display

Your support, generosity and prayers have been greatly appreciated.

May blessings flow from Kenya to UK and Ireland as they have been showered on the children

added on Apr 8

# That borehole again

The community are without any water source with both boreholes out of action. This now means a round trip of 20kms daily for the women to get water

Removing the covering on the Lister generator at Ndikir

Tue we drove to Ndikir in two vehicles. Willy drove the pick-up accompanied by Bernard and Simon while for company in the Station wagon I had Raphael, Gigs and Francis. Francis was going to stay at Ndikir to help with the school. He is a 4th form leaver looking for work

We were on our way to deliver food for the month, fuel for Raphael’s motorbike and to see if we could repair the Lister generator. The community are without any water source with both boreholes out of action. This now means a round trip of 20kms daily for the women to get water

Once we had unloaded our deliveries we drove to the borehole and Willy and Simon had soon dismantled the generator and we organised a team to lift it into the back of the pick-up. Unfortunately the damage was worse than we expected and the generator had to travel the 220 kms to Meru where we had arranged for the engineers to assess. Willy with Gigs and Bernard on board set off back to Ngaremara in the pick-up with the generator while Raphael, Simon and I drove first to Laisamis and then on to Marsabit(125kms) – a much improved temporary road with a 35km stretch of tarmac finished.

Today Wednesday Willie and Bernard took the generator to Ali Engineering at Mukatano in Meru and the engineers promised to have their assessment ready by tomorrow.

There is a degree of urgency about fixing due to the chronic water shortage especially in the pastoralist areas of Northern Kenya. Listening briefly to a report on TV last night 1.9m people in four districts are currently described as at risk because of famine. We can certainly see that as we move around N Kenya.

Raphael and I had a successful day tackling the various Government Departments and NGOs on issues of land, birth certificates for the children, education at Ndikir, water and other programmes. This included two Irish charities – Concern International and GOAL International. We are returning tomorrow for some more lobbying of the County administration before travelling to Laisamis where we have a meeting with the Ward Administrator about our plots of land for school and children’s home at Ndikir.

Marsabit is high up and has quite a unique climate. In the morning a lot of cloud hides the sun and keeps the temperature down to quite W European levels. A welcome if temporary change.

added on Mar 18

# Double Mercy Mission - Report by Pamela McCracken

The two week old baby boy was born outside the cultural norms of the Rendille tribe and his life was at risk. The mother is 14 yrs old.

Grandmother handing over Caleb to Christine

On Sunday 8th March a group from Ngaremara Children’s Home drove to Losidan in Marsabit County to rescue a baby.

The two week old baby boy was born outside the cultural norms of the Rendille tribe and his life was at risk. The mother is 14 yrs old.
In the rescue group with Ken driving were Bernard, student mechanic; Christine, trainee; and Saraine, Freda and Saiyea.
They left Ngaremara at 8am and drove for an hour and a half to Merille on tarmac where they turned off road for an hour to Ndikir where Kindfund have their children’s home and school.
At Ndikir they presented water carriers to the Kindfund family to help with the drought situation they are now experiencing. Here the grandmother of the child and Julius a volunteer teacher joined the group in the car while Raphael went ahead on his motorcycle. On the way to Losidan they stopped briefly with the Senior Chief of the area to advise him of the purpose of the journey.
They continued another 25kms off road to Losidan. It is an extremely hot dry and barren area with temperatures 35 degrees +
Arriving at an outlying bomer (family enclosure) at Losidan, the group waited under the only tree for shelter with some of the local children while Christine went with the grandmother to collect the baby.
The group now with the baby comfortably on Christine’s knee travelled quickly back to Ngaremara after a short stop at the “5 star” hotel in Merille for refreshments. At Ngaremara at 6pm along with the Kindfund children in the home I had the pleasure of welcoming the baby.
After prayer for the safe journey and for the baby he was named Caleb. Caleb received his first bath and was dressed in new clothes by Esther who looked after him for the next two nights.
The final stage of Caleb’s journey to his new home began on Tuesday when Ken and Pamela, Bernard, Christine and I accompanied him in the heat of the afternoon to Wamba. After 40 min on tarmac the next hour was spent on a very rocky and bumpy off tarmac journey to the Kindfund home at Wamba. Caleb on Christine’s knee rested his head on my knee and I cradled it in my hands to protect him from the worst of the jolts. I prayed the whole way for him to sleep and I was extremely grateful for God’s grace witnessing his peace which passes understanding firsthand.
Caleb has been very content eating and sleeping well. He was introduced to the children and staff at Wamba home by Pamela and Mary has been given the task of being mother. There was much excitement among the children at this new arrival. Caleb has joined three other Rendille small children rescued in similar circumstances.
Please pray for Caleb as he settles at Wamba and for the work with the 50 children in the Kindfund home there.
I’m loving my time in Kenya meeting both children and staff- confronting fears, moths, heat and squat toilets and finding Jesus in everything in this new, very different and wonderful place

added on Mar 11

# Saab Engineering visits Ngaremara Home

Today Tue 3rd March 2015 witnessed the culmination of two years of relationship building.

Today Tue 3rd March 2015 witnessed the culmination of two years of relationship building.

Brian Drummond accompanied by two colleagues from Saab Engineering – Lornah and John visited our home at Ngaremara bringing with them a very generous gift of clothes for the children. The photograph shows the substantial box of clothes being presented to Ngaremara Home.

Now that they have broken the ice with this first visit we look forward to a developing relationship. We thank Brian and his colleagues for their generosity and friendship.

added on Mar 3

# Changing face of Ngaremara

There is a happy homely atmosphere about the place

Changing view from our front door at Ngaremara

Arriving back after two months we were immediately impressed by the new two story extension to our original 2004 building.

Well built and looking well it will house the Ngaremara office and the all Kindfund general store. Together with rebuilt paths and a surrounding fence the whole site looks smart. This will allow us to remodel the existing kitchen office and store into a modern kitchen and food preparation area.

It was also nice today to catch some of the smiling faces on the camera. Some things don’t change. There is a happy homely atmosphere about the place and we thank God for the obvious love the children are receiving, the Christian fellowship being shared in this home community and for the obvious response this is drawing out from the children.

added on Feb 14

# Prayer Letter - February 2015

For 2015 we decided it was time to refresh the look of our Prayer Letter.

Here is our first edition in it’s attractive new format!

We’ve tried to pack it full of as much news as possible, looking back at where we have come from in 2014 and where we are aiming for in 2015. Plus, there’s feedback about our Outreach and some letters from Kindfund children too.

When you have read, if you have any questions please write to us an we will do our best to answer. Please post this article on social media – or email it to a friend – using the links below. Thank you!

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added on Feb 6

# Work Completed / Work Commenced: Ndikir

Back to Ndikir to finish some unfinished business – then planning the next phase

Pamela with two of our first Rendille children at Ndikir now turning into beautiful young girls Nov 2014

Returning to Ndikir in our last full week, we serviced the Lister engine and made a permanent repair of the damaged wires from the generator. Bleeding out the air from the fuel caused us a little heartache, but eventually we had it running sweetly!

Next, we loaded the 1000 litre tank into the pickup and, fixing a hose from it to the pipe at the borehole, we had it filled in 10 minutes. A five km drive to our new classroom…and the water was transferred to the 10,000L on-site tank.

Repeating the journey a couple more times gave enough water to allow us to complete construction of the double latrine, a job that had been stalled two months earlier as we were unable to make concrete due to the shortage of water.

Five days later we returned on a short day visit with Pamela for her to see the children – especially two young girls Ntodia and Linah who have been with us for four years. Pamela was surprised to see how much has changed already at the new site, where a pitch has been cleared for the children to enjoy playing football.

Meanwhile, Raphael has marked out a 10 acre site which we plan to fence with local hedging in preparation for the start of building next year.

added on Nov 30

# Improvements at Ngaremara

We’ve built our first two-storey building, which is a huge improvement for our Ngaremara home

Extension near completion at Ngaremara

The extension at Ngaremara has made good progress during the last two weeks and should be completed before Christmas. It is our first two-storey building and it will allow us to have a significant dry goods store on the first floor.

The transfer of the office to the extension will permit the refurbishment and development of the kitchen at Ngaremara, where we hope to install the same eco-friendly cookers we recently purchased and installed at the Wamba Home, with the help of the Girls’ Brigade at West Church, Bangor.

Part of the development will also improve the pathways connecting the buildings to reduce the amount of mud carried indoors during rains.

added on Nov 28

# Water from Borehole

Water for 1000 people – from 300 ft

Rain finishes classrooms

Travelled up to Ndikir this week to find the borehole with the Lister Petter diesel pump had been out of operation for two months.

It seems that the engine vibrations had worn through the wires on the control box. Routing the wires well away from the engine then reconnecting them soon solved the problem. Started up the pump and soon we had water from 300 ft for 1000 people and many camels, cows and goats!

The engine badly needs servicing so have bought new filters and oil and will return later with insulating tape and rubber tubing too, to make permanent the control box rewiring.

Unfortunately very heavy rain last weekend finished off our temporary stick and straw classrooms and bedroom. Just one old classroom remains usable, though back in August we did build a permanent classroom for the use of classes 2 to 5. In any case with school off until January disruption should be minimal.

In Ngaremara at the moment we are taking the opportunity to do some fencing and building work. The kitchen is ten years old and in dire need of refurbishment, so some remodelling work will allow us to fix the kitchen, improve our use of existing buildings and create additional storage space.

added on Nov 16

# Emmanuel Surgery Update 2

A further update on our story about Emmanuel’s reconstructive surgery

On Sunday 13th September Emmanuel and housemother Josephine set out at 6.45am by taxi from Ngaremara, for the six hour drive to Kijabe Hospital on the edge of the Rift Valley, 50kms North of Nairobi, from where they texted their safe arrival.

After an examination and X-ray on Sunday afternoon, reconstructive surgery was scheduled for the next morning. Josephine spent the night in a chair by Emmanuel’s bedside. They each slept as best they could.

At 9.00am on Monday Emmanuel was taken down to the theatre. After a long wait we received word from Josephine that he had arrived back in the ward at 4.30pm – a very long day for all concerned, but particularly Emmanuel and Josephine.

Later we received word from the doctor that the first stage of the surgery had been successful (the surgeon had used tissue from Emmanuel’s mouth in the graft), but cautioned that further surgery is still needed to complete this phase, plus there are other issues to be dealt with.

We hope that young Emmanuel will be well enough for discharge before the end of the week. Ken and Pamela will be visiting them on Thursday and finding out what the plans are for completion.

See the original story here.

added on Sep 17

# New Classroom in just 31 Days

In one month we replaced a dilapidated classroom with a completely new blockwork multi-purpose room.

Full size block built classroom at Ndikir

Our traditional house classroom at Ndikir was in serious need of major repairs. So, at the beginning of August, we decided instead to press ahead with a 30ft x 25ft masonry-built classroom, which will in future also serve as a dining room and study room in our Children’s Home.

It’s now September and we have Richard—the builder—handing over the new classroom to Headteacher Samuel!

This week all of the desks were transported by lorry the 1.5kms to their new location beneath the rock after which the school is named.

We wish the pupils and teachers well as they embark on this new phase of education at Ndikir!

added on Sep 9

# Secondary School Girls visit Nairobi

A tour of the capital for some of our Kindfund children.

On the last weekend before starting the new term at school, six of our secondary school girls accompanied us for an overnight in Nairobi. We stayed at the Nairobi Club in the community area of Nairobi and within walking distance of the city centre.

The girls enjoyed the relative luxury of the club and the quick walking tour of places of interest in the centre of the capital.

The visit was made possible by a donation made specifically for some of the children not participating in the Kindfund Outreach to Northern Ireland.

added on Sep 7

# Mission in Word and Deed to Rendille

They quickly experienced the same reactions as the early Christians met.

Team 2014 mission Ndikir

Fifteen young people from our homes at Ngaremara and Wamba spent 5 days this August sharing the Gospel at Ndikir, the Rendille village on the edge of the desert in Northern Kenya where we have a long-term commitment to build a permanent Children’s Home. Their mission coincided with the commencement of our building programme as we laid the foundation for a classroom which will eventually double as a dining/study room in the new home.

The team were full of enthusiasm and encouraged one another in the Lord as they shared and prayed together before each venture into a local traditional village. They quickly experienced many of the same attitudes and actions from the villagers as the early Christians met, when bringing the Acts of the Apostles to life for them. Reactions of the villagers varied from indifference and avoidance, to chasing some of the girls with a stick (while shouting that their god was the local mountain and they didn’t need to hear). Some others, however, asked for prayer for specific situations and encouraging them to come back again.

The mission was a major life experience for the young people who are already laying plans for their next mission to the village. Plans that are being soaked in prayer. Please join them in prayer for the Rendille of Ndikir that they will hear the Good News and come to know the Saviour.

added on Aug 20

# New Family in Ngaremara Home

We’ve worked closely with the local chief and the Children’s Office to secure these children’s future

Saturday 2nd August will be remembered by the Cosmas family, as four of the five children joined our ever-growing Kindfund family here at Ngaremara, where we now have 55 children. It has taken a few weeks, but finally this small family joined us today.

Throughout we have been working closely with the local chief and the Children’s Office to ensure these children are given a secure home and future. The youngest will join the family at a later date.

added on Aug 3

# Emmanuel Surgery Update

A recent story about Emmanuel and his need for reconstructive surgery provoked significant interest

The story of our young boy in need of reconstructive surgery immediately prompted several people to organise a sponsored walk to raise funds for the necessary surgery.

The result was fantastic and, together with other donations, we now have £1500 to assist with the costs. Thank you so much for your generosity!

Regrettably, in the absence of approval from the child’s mother, we have had to instruct an advocate to obtain a court order permitting the surgery in the interests of the child. If this is successful, the first stage of surgery is scheduled for 6th August 2014. We will, of course, keep you posted as the situation develops.

See the original story here.

added on Jun 2

# Stephen and Catherine visit Kenya

“The minute I stepped out of the matatu and saw the children running towards us, all concerns and worries immediately left and a certain peace took over.”

Visited and Revisited
by Stephen Scott

This being Catherine’s first visit to Kenya she was understandably nervous. For weeks beforehand, with many unanswered questions, she had been harbouring concerns. But, in her own words, “the minute I stepped out of the matatu and saw the children running towards us, all concerns and worries immediately left and a certain peace took over.”

Having visited before—in 2007—I was quietly curious to see what had changed in the intervening years. After a long and tiring journey, were it seems that little has changed in Kenya, it was immediately obvious that much progress had been made by Kindfund – and not just the development of the sites; the change in the children was abundantly obvious…their love was infectious.

Our time with Kindfund was divided between Ngaremara and Wamba. Just to be able to spend time with the children in their own environment is a privilege and blessing. Yes, they all have material needs, but so many of them are spiritually well-off, they are a living testament to the work of the Holy Spirit in their lives.

A paragraph or two here can never express all the wonderful experiences that Catherine and I had, we can only make mention of the children’s love for each other and their trust in the Lord to supply their needs. Of course, they have desires and wants like anyone else, but many of them also have an inner desire to serve and please the Lord.

We wish to commend the staff for their commitment and love for the children (1 Thess 1:2,3) and thank them all for sharing their lives with us…we are all the more blessed.

Would we go back? Of course!

added on May 26

# Wamba CCI Registration Completed

As with our Ngaremara Home, it has been important to get official recognition for our children’s home in Wamba.

Registering our Children’s Home at Wamba with the Kenyan government has been a long process.

In January we reported that we were at last making progress.

We are now pleased to report that the Council meeting on 27th March 2014 accepted the application and Wamba became a registered Charitable Children’s Institution (CCI) under the Child Act of 2001.

Thank-you to all who have been praying about this. Our two main homes with 100 children and capacity for another 20 now enjoy this official CCI status. Child Officers in both areas will be arranging for the Courts to make Committal Orders for all the children resident in the homes.

In Nairobi, at the beginning of May, Ken was able to collect the actual registration certificate for Kindfund’s Ngaremara Home (shown), registered in September 2013.

These registrations are renewable after three years.

added on May 14

# Walking for Emmanuel on 29 March

Sponsored walk raises an amazing £900!

Update: Thank-you to those who joined Katie for the 5 mile sponsored walk last Saturday.

A recent article about young Emmanuel and his need for reconstructive surgery immediately prompted Katie from Northern Ireland to organise a fundraising sponsored walk.

The walk took place in Bangor, Co. Down, leaving Pickie Bandstand at 10am and going to Crawfordsburn Country Park and back (approximately five miles). Thanks to the brave few who joined in!

Please note that you can still contribute on Katie’s Give.net page for a few days yet.

See the original story here: Surgery Consultation at Kijabi Hospital

added on Mar 31

# Glue Sniffing Escape

A chance meeting with a young orphan who had just joined his older brother in a gang of glue addicts

Last week outside the local supermarket I watched a group of about ten street boys as they hovered about, looking for people to beg from. Aged from 7yrs to 16yrs, they were calling out “some bread! …10 shillings! …a banana!” to every vehicle as it arrived to park, all the while hiding bottles of glue in their pockets, or under their arms.

I had sat down on a seat outside the supermarket to keep an eye on the vehicle while Kindfund staff were shopping. The boys spotted me and, growing bolder, started to draw close with their begging, still trying to conceal their glue-sniffing. One particular boy caught my attention—the youngest—no glue bottle and clear, bright eyes…a recent street boy, not yet corrupted. He sat beside me and began to chat, and it became clear that he was an orphan, though he then pointed to his older brother—a glue addict—who was also among the group.

I immediately came face-to-face with some hard questions: Can I do anything for this boy? Can I leave him to this? Can I bring him with me to our Kindfund home? I asked him, “Will you come with me to our home?”
After a moment’s hesitation he indicated he would. I got up to speak to some men at a nearby shop and by this time the rest of the group had grasped what I was saying to the boy. They chorused, “Yes, take him. Take him off the street!”

When the other Kindfund staff emerged from the supermarket I explained to them what I was contemplating. They agreed with me, so I started to explain to the men at the nearby shop that I would first take the boy to a police station…and just then a police car rounded the corner!

Sometime later, having officially recorded everything at the police station and got a ledger incident number, we all drove the 20kms to our children’s home, with ‘Moses’ beside me, taking a great interest in the driving.

A quick wash, a change of clothes and into supper where the children surrounded Moses, inquisitively firing off many questions and not waiting on answers. A few hours later…he was one of our boys.

Today we paid a further visit to the police and to the Child Officer (the local representative of the government Children’s Department). Together with the Child Officer we will continue to investigate young Moses’ circumstances to get a clearer picture of how he ended up on the street. Meanwhile, he seems to be slowly integrating into the home. The story is just beginning.

added on Mar 23

# Seamstresses and Legal Experts

Dressmaking, passports and legal hurdles: the day-to-day matters of a children’s home are always interesting

Josephine, our housemother at Ngaremara, and the boy we had at hospital returned to Ngaremara by matatu (minibus). Leaving Nairobi at 11am and arriving home at 8pm, it was a long day for them both.

Pamela and Josephine had shopped earlier, so Josephine (a trained seamstress who loves dressmaking) went back with enough material to make nine dresses for the children!

Today, Pamela and I have a few things to shop for and I want to visit a solar pump distributor to get some advice. We are also going to be working on a short prayer letter to email home to the Kindfund team who will arrange to distribute it; thanks in advance!

We are looking forward to the arrival of Paul Dickson on Tuesday. He will bring his usual impetus and enthusiasm to help drive forward the laborious process of collecting and double-checking information for passports. His help will also be invaluable as we prepare to go to the court with the advocate to get joint and full legal guardianship for all the children travelling.

added on Mar 16

# Surgery Consultation at Kijabi Hospital

A round trip to the edge of the Great Rift Valley. Beautiful views…but what a road!

One of our new children from Ngaremara needs surgery, so together with Josephine, our housemother, we travelled to Nairobi.

After an early start the day was spent at Kijabi Hospital perched on the edge of the Great Rift Valley, 60 kms North of Nairobi (a round trip of 700 kms for us). Beautiful views…but what a road! We thought we would never get back up the hill – a lot of first gear and potholes. Kijabi is an African Inland Church Mission Hospital recommended by the doctor at Wamba Catholic Mission Hospital as having the appropriate expertise.

The boy, who is 5 years old, was seen at Kijabi by a surgeon from USA who advised that he needs to return for multiple procedures of reconstructive surgery in relation to some malformation, with the first maybe starting in around four weeks. However, there are complications.

We have two requests for prayer: The boy’s mother is not stable and has refused permission for surgery, so we will have to go to the Court for permission. Secondly, the hospital is only partly covered by the National Hospital Insurance Fund which covers all our children, so we will need some financial support.

The young boy has been brilliant, and a pleasure to be with. Last night at dinner he quickly got to grips with John Doherty—a very good friend here in Nairobi (studying reticulated giraffes for a PhD at The Queen’s University of Belfast)—who had joined our table and was amusing him with ‘fly away Peter, fly away Paul, come back Peter’ etc.

Update 20 March: One Northern Ireland girl and her friends have been moved to immediately start fundraising to help cover the surgery costs!

added on Mar 11

# Summer 2014 Teams

Preparations for this year’s teams are continuing apace

The process of organising groups of helpers to travel to Kindfund Kenya in 2014 is gradually coming together.

Stephen Scott will be joining Ken and Pamela in February. Stephen is a member of the Kindfund Committee and visited Kindfund Kenya back in 2007, before we had even established the Children’s Homes…so he’ll certainly notice big changes! Joining him will be Catherine his wife, on this her first visit. Catherine helps Ken with Kindfund administration at home.

In March, Paul Dickson (another Committee member) will make a return visit too, having been a great help last summer. Paul has also been assisting Ken at home with aspects of administration.

Then, after a short break at home, Ken and Pamela will return to Kenya at the end of June, ready to receive and organise a whole host of new helpers.

July will see Georgia and Georgia (two 17-year-old girls from Cirencester in Gloucestershire, one of whose parents have been long-term Kindfund sponsors) who will hopefully be joined by three students from Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh, plus daughter and mum team Kate and Anne (our local prayer organiser) from Bangor, Co. Down. Jonathan and Keira Dobbin make a return visit in July. Jonathan (currently studying at Belfast Bible College) is a Committee member, and one of our team which has responsibility for the organisation and funding of the special Outreach event coming up in the Autumn.

Enquiries about helping with projects on the ground in Kenya this year are still welcome!

News updates from the teams will be posted here, plus reports when they return home.

added on Jan 24

# CCI Registration Almost There

Originally submitted in August 2012, our Wamba registration is now making firm progress!

Many of you have been supporting us in prayer over the application for registration of our Wamba Children’s Home as a Charitable Children’s Institution (CCI). The Wamba application was submitted at the same time as our Ngaremara Home application, itself successfully registered as as CCI last September.

We have now had confirmation that the application and inspection reports recommended by the Samburu County Children’s Board have reached the Director of Child Affairs in Nairobi and will be placed before the next meeting of the Council.

Registration is important for us, not least in view of our plans to bring 25 children to the UK and Ireland in September/October of this year.

Thank you to all who have stood with us through this process. Let us continue to the end when we will be able to report that full registration is complete.

added on Jan 18

# Dinner supplies kitchen!

How a banquet in Bangor kits out a kitchen in Kenya

Kindfund would like to thank the Girls’ Brigade of 297th NI West Presbyterian for hosting an excellent evening at West Church in Bangor in November. The—now annual—Chinese banquet in support of charity, this year raised £2500 for Kindfund. The money will be used to help furnish the new kitchen recently completed in our Wamba home.

Ellen Robinson & Hannah Wilkinson of the Company are seen handing over the cheque to Jonathan and Keira Dobbin of Kindfund.

added on Dec 30

# Registration frustration and an untimely death

Increasing demand for places in our Wamba and Ngaremara homes.

A very big “thank-you!” to those who visited our homes with gifts of food, clothes and toys in the run up to Christmas.

Over the Christmas period we are dealing with requests to take a one year old at-risk child into our Wamba Home and a six month old baby, abandoned at Wamba Hospital.

At Ngaremara we are in the process of bringing in two orphan girls aged 9 and 4 whose relatives are unable to provide adequately for them.

We have been greatly saddened to learn that one of our older girls—now 20 yrs old—who left us two years ago has recently lost her baby daughter, born earlier in the year. Please pray for her and the family circle.

We have been frustrated by the administrative arrangements in Maralal for registering our Wamba home as a Charitable Children’s Institution. The process was straightforward at Isiolo for our Ngaremara home, now registered since September 2013. Both applications were made in August 2012 and we supplied similar support material in each case. Please ask God to give us favour with the Office at Maralal and to open up a way.

added on Dec 26

# Never too old to help

A 90 yr old lady in Scotland has been keeping herself busy helping young Kindfund orphans in Kenya

Kids with new crotcheted blankets

Soft crotchet blankets are covering many of the small children at night at Ngaremara and Wamba Children’s Homes thanks to the tireless work of a 90 yr old grandmother in Scotland. Over the past few years she has presented many cosy blankets to Kindfund for the young children and babies. Here you see some of the latest being accepted by the children. They just love the cosy feel of them and say a big thank you to Janet who made them.

added on Dec 19

# Downpatrick Primary School support Kindfund Children

Children at Downpatrick Primary School care for Kindfund Kenyan Children

Ken and Pamela were invited to speak to the children at their Harvest Thanksgiving Service on Wed 23rd October 2013 and enjoyed a healthy exchange of questions and answers with them about the Kindfund children in Kenya.
The children were already well-informed about the work of Kindfund among the poorest pastoralist tribes in Northern Kenya. Their teacher, Miss Karen Fitzsimons, had already been sharing with them her experience with Kindfund during July, when along with two other teachers (Alistair and Ros) she had spent time at Kindfund’s Children’s Homes at Ngaremara and Wamba.
The children presented their Harvest thanksgiving offering of £287 to Kindfund to help furnish the kitchen in the new building at the Wamba home.

added on Nov 5

# Paul's Kindfund summer experience

“I can honestly say that a piece of my heart is still there.”

Transport team with Wamba kids arrive Ngaremara

It was a typical damp, cold Irish morning on 18th July when I said my farewells to my wife and son and headed for the half six bus from Omagh to Dublin Airport. Full of excitement (and also a bit unsure of what I was letting myself in for) I started my seven week ‘Kenyan Adventure’.

I arrived in Nairobi at half two the following morning—having flown via Istanbul—where I was met by Joseph, the Matatu driver, for a bumpy six hour drive to Ngaremara Children’s Home. Boy was I happy to see the smiling faces which greeted me! Pam and Ken were there, together with Alistair, Karen and Ros who were returning to Nairobi in the same transport, to go home.

I had an easy day to recover from all the travelling and settled into my room. It took a couple of days to adjust to this new world, enjoying my time with the children, showing them pictures from home and sharing stories and answering the many questions of ‘do you know my sponsor?’

On Sunday morning I had my first experience of church in Kenya, and it was just amazing. Freedom of worship and praise abounded with children singing and dancing to praise the Lord. And when they were asked to give a testimony, they all wanted to share.

The children shared the word…and boy can they preach! I was totally moved by the joy in the faces of the children as they praised the Lord wholeheartedly. For me, church will never be the same again.

Soon I headed up to Wamba Children’s Home where the younger children mostly stay. Even now, as I write this, I can honestly say that a piece of my heart is still there. I hugged a child if they cried; a kiss and cuddle if that’s what was needed. I just showed the love of the Lord the way it was intended; it was heaven-on-earth for me.

My next big trip was to the Rendille, to deliver food supplies in the Landrover. What an adventure! We reached our destination at night in a sandstorm, yet the children from the home and village still gathered in the dark and stood out in the storm for us, to sing and praise God: just amazing!
That night we just roughed it in a hut till morning, waking up with absolutely everything covered in an inch of sand.

It was a genuine privilege to be allowed to drive the ageing Landrovers, since they are so vital to Kindfund’s ability to get things done. Ken watched me carefully to make sure I was treating them well, and gave me a crash course (no pun intended!) in vehicle repair and a refresher on how to drive offroad. Then it was my turn to take the wheel as we delivered food supplies and brought the children to the summer Bible Camps.
I now think I could confidently deal with most causes of Landrover breakdown. Certainly, life on the road was never dull. And each trip we made, we prayed and thanked the Lord as we arrived safely at our destination.

Was there a highlight to my trip? There are so many I can scarcely distinguish them! But perhaps it was accompanying the children to local villages to allow them to outreach and share their faith with the people. It was a blessing to watch them joyfully sharing the Word, singing and praying for the sick and then distributing some food…“For God loves a person who gives cheerfully” 2 Corinthians 9:7 (NLT)

I would advise anyone, that if you can visit Kenya with Kindfund…then go for it. It will change your life for the better.

added on Nov 1

# A trio of travellers

Chased some cockroaches…learned a little Swahili…were blessed by our visit to Kenya!

Karen, Alastair and Ros’s visit to Kindfund, 2013

There was a sea of excited faces to greet us on our arrival at the Kindfund children’s home in Ngaremara on the evening of Sunday 7 July; and straightaway that night we had a fellowship time where the children sang a wonderful welcome!

It had been a long journey, leaving Dublin the previous morning and travelling to Nairobi via Abu Dhabi. There we were met by Josef the taxi driver, and as he expertly navigated the potholes we sat back and adjusted to being ‘on the ground’ in Kenya. We had plenty of time as we headed north, crossing the Equator; the journey was going to take five hours!

But after a day to catch our breath, we headed north to spend a full week in Wamba children’s home before returning to Ngaremara for week two.

The real highlight was getting to meet the children! There are so many sad stories and many difficult backgrounds to comprehend, but the lasting impression you get when you spend time in the homes is that you are surrounded by happy children who are learning to walk with Jesus.

We devoted a lot of our time to simply playing with the children; we learned a little Swahili (enough to count up to twenty at any rate); we each got our hair plaited (they even had a go at Alastair’s!); we sang songs with them (though they sing a lot better than we ever will); we took studies and the children would often ask for torches so that they could continue working after dark. It was such a blessing to see the difference that Kindfund is making in the lives of these youngsters.

There were a few things in Kenya that took a bit of getting used to. Like the daily shower with two temperature settings – cold and colder. There were cockroaches of course, which the children could catch and put out in an instant, while Karen and Ros appeared to think that screaming would help. Why?!
Mercifully the only snake we came across was a dead one; it seems that the four foot adder kindly waited until we had left before visiting Ngaremara! But the journey to Wamba took us through the Samburu Nature Reserve where we got to see elephants, giraffes, monkeys, baboons, dik dik, ostrich, gazelles, zebras, camels, crocodiles, vultures, weaver birds, warthogs, gerenuk…and squirrels too!

We were introduced to the bride at a traditional Turkana wedding, then ushered into the food tent where the women were skinning a cow. While the women worked, the men danced! And we’ll never forget Sunday morning worship in Ngaremara…the children sang and danced in a two hour praise party!

If you ever have the opportunity to visit Kenya…make sure you do. It is an amazing country and the memories will be with you forever!

added on Aug 31

# Water bowser delivers 16,000 litres

Joseph facilitates clean drinking water

Thanks to discussions with Joseph, the head of the Water Service at Laisamis, we were able to arrange for the delivery of 16,000 litres of clean drinking water to our children’s home at Ndikir village NW of Laisamis.

added on Aug 6

# Generous Scouts & Guides

Kesh young people give a helping hand to Kindfund children

Scouts and Guides from Kesh in County Fermanagh raised £400 for Kindfund by filling Smartie tubes with coins. Thanks to all of them for their generous giving!

One of the Scout leaders—Paul Dickson—will be joining us in Kenya during this summer and looks forward to sharing his experiences with the Scout and Guide Groups on his return. (Photo L-R: Louie Lee, Maurice Lee, Paul Dickson)

added on Jul 7

# Nanyuki

Ken and Pamela arrive safely and on time

We arrived safely at Nanyuki yesterday at 10am via Dublin, Amsterdam and Nairobi.
Today we shop and shortly will travel to Ngaremara to meet the children. Thank you for your support. The journey was good and everything ran on time.

added on Jun 15

# AGM Kindfund

Annual reports presented and new members elected to Kindfund Committee

The Annual General Meeting of Kindfund was held on Fri 7th June. The Financial Statement for 2013 along with the Treasurer’s and Chairman’s reports on the year were presented (these may be downloaded from our Governance page).

The existing Committee was re-elected and new Committee members elected are Maurice Lee and Paul and Gloria Dickson. Paul will be visiting Kindfund Kenya for 7 weeks from July to early September this year.

added on Jun 9

# Wamba housemother now much improved

Thank you for your prayer for Margaret

Margaret – housemother at our Wamba children’s home – is much improved.

Margaret has been with us since the beginning in Wamba in 2006, and is one of our anchor staff at the home where she is housemother on night duty. She is greatly loved by the children.

Thank you for your support in prayer.

added on May 30

# Malaria

Four of our Rendille children have been affected by malaria.

As usual at the end of the rains, malaria has become prevalent. It can be very dangerous, particularly for children.
Four of the young ones in our home at Ndikir have contracted malaria, though they are now on the mend.
And now that the dry season is upon them, the people in the village are again struggling with water shortages.

added on May 25

# 10 yr old girl with HIV

The urgent request from the Child Officer at Marallel to admit a 10 yr old girl with HIV to our Wamba Home was completed today when the girl arrived.

We now have 9 children suffering from this virus at Wamba.

added on May 13

# Discharged from hospital

Our young maintenance man J has been discharged after 6 weeks in hospital.

He has a broken and infected achilles tendon. He will wear plaster for at least another 4 weeks.
We are pleased to report that J has resumed work on 4th June 2013

added on May 6

# Confusion within the National Hospital Fund account

There has been confusion within the National Hospital Fund where monthly contributions have been posted to the wrong account.

The issue has been causing us problems when a staff member is admitted to hospital. We have been trying to get resolution for 6 months. Dominic visited them in April to try to reach a resolution.

added on May 3

# Kindfund features in Belfast Newsletter

This article appeared in the Belfast Newsletter in April 2013, in the first of the paper’s ‘Faith Focus’ series.

In the first instalment of our new series Faith Focus, we meet two people involved in important work in the region of Northern Kenya – Ken and Pamela Dobbin from Kindfund.

God has put a love in our hearts for this work” say Ken and Pamela Dobbin

For County Fermanagh man Ken Dobbin, running charity KINDFUND and helping impoverished children living in Africa feels like his “most important career” to date.

The 68-year-old who lived in Bangor for more than 30 years, but now based in Kesh with wife Pamela, set up the charity in 2004, after being approached by a pastor in Africa they had previously worked with, when the couple were involved with another Belfast-based charity.

“He had started a small nursery and wanted to do something for orphans, so we went out, visited him, and stayed in his mud hut with him for the best part of three weeks”, recalls Ken, who at that stage in his life was just approaching retirement.

Kindfund was thus born, and since then, it has grown to support around 1,500 people living in remote areas of the country through children’s homes – three have been established in the last nine years – schools, education and water projects.
It describes itself on its Facebook page as “a Christian Charity seeking to serve orphans and poor among the Turkana, Samburu and Rendille pastoralist tribes of Northern Kenya”.

Indeed, through these projects, its volunteers (none of whom are paid – all work is voluntary) are expressing God’s love and kindness amongst some of the most remote and poorest pastoralist tribes in this arid land.

Ken and Pamela both attend St Mary’s Church of Ireland, Ardess, Kesh, and by Ken’s own admission, have plenty of experience of “roughing it” during various camping trips across Europe with their three sons.
He says that when the opportunity arose to set up their own charity and get more heavily involved in missionary work, it represented to them a chance not to be missed.

“We felt we were confident enough to set the thing up and do it, and we felt we were put in a position where if we refused we would be denying what God wanted us to do,” he says. “It wasn’t so much that we heard a voice from Heaven or anything like that, just the circumstances seemed to be enabling us – the opportunity was there, and we felt the need was there and particularly Pamela’s heart was with the kids there.”

He says that a lot of missionary work is carried out in the bigger, urban areas of Kenya, but the remote districts are often “pretty neglected.”
Having put roots down, Kindfund began its work….
“We started off helping 60 kids, we said to the guy out there that we would feed them, get them porridge in the morning and get someone to teach them. We said that even if nobody helped us we could do this ourselves, it wasn’t going to cost us that much.”

“Then when we came home we got a big response from people – they organised events and money was raised, and we said we’d like to build them a proper nursery school, so when we went back out in September that year, we had raised half the money that was going towards the nursery school.”

Ken and Pamela identified builders and found a building that they would like their own to imitate, and on the day that they left in October 2004 work on the nursery had started. It was complete by that December.

“So by the end of the first year we had two classrooms, a kitchen, an office and a store in one big 90ft by 30ft building” says Ken. “We were just amazed at what was happening.”

From there, the work of the charity spiralled and more little children were helped, fed and educated, including youngsters who had HIV, and three ‘Rendille babies’ (the Rendilles are a tribe of people who live in the north of Kenya and have their own set of cultural and religious beliefs).

Today, Kindfund volunteers – who are based in the UK and Ireland – distribute five tonnes of food to the area every month and lift as much as £100,000 a year, all of which is sent out to their homes and schools.
Anyone travelling out to Kenya on behalf of the charity raises sponsorship and pays their own airfare; Ken alone is out about three times a year and Pamela, twice.

There is a sponsorship fund through which around 200 children are sponsored, and some of the sponsors have been out to see the kids. As Ken says, they know all the children they have helped personally.

The couple are doing and overseeing such wonderful work, but it is a labour of love.
“God has put a love in our hearts so we are doing what He wants us to do and it doesn’t seem like work” says Pamela.
“We are at home out there – we are without electricity, we are without air conditioning, all of those things, and you don’t miss anything because God has the love in our hearts for the place and it’s not work. You’re busy all the time but you are not thinking ‘Oh gosh I’ve got to work today’. No matter how busy and how tired you are, it’s a love.”
“I think it’s amazed us just what God does – we both are able to do things in the heat and remote areas, and I would say I give glory to God for that.”

FAITH FOCUS – Laura Murphy
18th April 2013

added on Apr 22

Kindfund was established as a charity in 2004 to further the gospel of Jesus Christ and to help relieve poverty amongst some of the poorest tribes in northern Kenya, working with the pastoralist Turkana, Samburu and Rendille.

We currently use 5 tonnes of food and supplies per month, providing for 125 children in 4 homes and 400 children in nursery and primary education.

We have dug 7 wells and fitted 7 handpumps, bringing safe water to remote villages.

100% of gifts go to Kenya.

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Registered with The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland NIC100121 and accepted as a Society in Kenya 26316